Men's Cross Country Heads to NCAA West Regionals

Nov. 6, 2001

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CAL COMPETES AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL:
After a two-week break from competition, the California men's cross country team travels to the NCAA West Regional Nov. 10 at Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. The men's 10k race begins at 9:30 a.m. MST. Cal coach Tony Sandoval has opted not to send his women's team to regionals.

THE WEST REGIONAL FIELD:
Thirty-one teams are expected to compete at the West regional. The top two teams in the men's and women's competition earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships.

2000 NCAA WEST REGIONAL IN REVIEW:
The Cal men's cross country team finished 10th out of 21 teams at last year's NCAA West Regional with 259 points. Stanford came in first with 58 points. Girmay Guangul led Cal and all freshmen runners in the race, finishing ninth in 31:11 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Cal women didn't compete as a team as it only sent four runners due to injuries. Erin Belger led the way with a time of 22:31 (71st).

CAL'S 2001 NCAA REGIONAL LINEUP:
Cal's seven-athlete lineup will be chosen from Guangul, Corey Creasey, Martin Conrad, Carlos Carballo, Jonathan Balzer, Nick Martin, John Collin and Tyler Noesen.

2001 PAC-10 MEET IN REVIEW:
The California men's and women's cross country teams struggled at the Pac-10 Championships. The Golden Bear men finished last in eighth place with 192 points, while the Bear women finished last in ninth place with 259 points. The Stanford men's and women's squads swept both competitions. Creasey led the Cal men, finishing 26th in 25:42.3. The Bears' next best runner, Carballo, crossed in 35th in 26:00.5. Other finishers for the Bear men included: Guangul (40th, 26:21.8), Conrad (44th, 26:34.4), Balzer (47th, 26:40.9), Martin (51st, 27:39.6) and John Burke (54th, 28:10.9).

CAL MEN'S TOP FINISHER AT EACH RACE IN 2001:
Four different Cal runners have led the Bears at competitions this season. Here's the breakdown:

Sacramento Invitational - Martin Conrad (3rd, 21:24)

Aggie Invitational - Nick Martin (16th, 25:56.40)Stanford Invitational - Carlos Carballo (18th, 11:54)San Francisco State Invitational - Nick Martin (4th, 25:30.66)Cal Poly Invitational - Corey Creasey (7th, 27:08.3)Pac-10 Championships - Corey Creasey (26th, 25:42.3)
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