Cal Competes at San Francisco Invitational

Sept. 9, 2002

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CAL TRAVELS TO USF INVITATIONAL
Coming off victories as host of the Berkeley Firetrail Challenge, the California cross country teams travel to the San Francisco Invitational Saturday, Sept. 14. Competition begins at 9 a.m. at Golden Gate Park. The field includes Cal, USF, San Jose State and Sacramento State. The Bears intend to run primarily their B team.

BEARS SWEEP BERKELEY FIRETRAIL CHALLENGE
Cal hosted its first event in 15 years and showed why a home course advantage can be beneficial, sweeping both competitions in the first event of 2002. In the Berkeley Firetrail Challenge, the Cal women scored 18 points to edge San Jose State's 41 points, while the Cal men posted 19 points to outdistance the Spartans' 43.

FROSH DUFFY LEADS CAL WOMEN
The Golden Bear women swept the top three spots and four of the top five at the Berkeley Firetrail Challenge, with freshman Bridget Duffy winning the three-mile trek in 16:33. Duffy, who hails from Oakland, won two Division IV state cross country titles at St. Mary's High School in Berkeley. Sophomore Lindsey Maclise (2nd, 16:40), redshirt freshman Maja Ruznic (3rd, 16:46), freshman Sophia Marquez (5th, 16:57) and sophomore Abby Parker (7th, 17:26) were Cal's other scorers. Judy DeLong paced San Jose State, placing fourth overall in 16:51.

SENIOR CONRAD TAKES FIRST FOR BEAR MEN
On the men's side at the Berkeley Firetrail Challenge, the Bears grabbed the top two spots and four of the top five. Senior Martin Conrad paced the pack in the four-mile race, clocking in at 20:13, just edging out junior teammate Carlos Carballo (2nd, 20:14). Freshman Kevin Davis (4th, 20:40) and seniors John Burke (5th, 20:40) and Craig Lee (7th, 21:04) rounded out the top five for the Bears. SJSU's Matt Heard took third place with a time of 20:25.

2001 IN REVIEW:
Both Cal squads experienced some early season success but struggled at the league meet with the men placing eighth and the women ninth. The women didn't compete at the NCAA West Regional, while the men posted an 11th-place showing. Senior Corey Creasey paced the Bear men at Pac-10s (26th, 25:42.3) and NCAAs (43rd, 32:41.00). Camille Stanley had the top performance at Pac-10s for the Cal women, taking 45th in 23:33.3.

DID YOU KNOW?:
Cal has built a reputation over the last several years of attracting up-and-coming East African runners to its program. This includes Bolota Asmerom, a 2000 Olympian and 2001 All-American originally from Eritrea, and his brother, Yonathan. The tradition has continued this season with Girmay Guangul (Ethiopia), Abadir Barre (Somalia) and Giliat Ghebray (Eritrea).

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