Cal Travels to Aggie Invitational

Sept. 16, 2002

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CAL TRAVELS TO AGGIE INVITATIONAL:
Looking to build on two strong earlier season performances, the Cal cross country teams travel to the Aggie Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 21. The women's 5K race begins at 9 a.m., with the men's 8K race following at 9:45 a.m. Both races begin and end at Recreation Hall. The field includes UC Davis, Cal, Saint Mary's, Sacramento State, Pacific, Sonoma State and San Francisco State. The Bears are expected to send a combination of their first and second tier athletes.

2001 AGGIE INVITE IN REVIEW:
The Cal men were runner-ups (25 total teams) at the 2001 Aggie Invitational with 81 points. Nick Martin took top honors for the Bears by placing 16th in 25:56.40. The Bear women were sixth among the 22 teams with 189 points and were led by Erin Belger, who placed 17th (18:42.10). UC Davis won the men's crown with 19 points and the women's with 54.

BEAR MEN WIN USF INVITATIONAL BEHIND CONRAD'S SECOND WIN:
The Cal men won the San Francisco Invitational with 46 points Saturday morning at Golden Gate Park's Lindley Meadows. They were able to grab top honors behind the one-two finish of senior Martin Conrad (21:11) and freshman Giliat Ghebray (21:15) on the four-mile course. The victory was Conrad's second in as many weeks. Also in the Top 20 for the Bears were Craig Lee (11th, 21:50), sophomore Jeff Squires (13th, 21:55) and sophomore Dan Spence (19th, 22:05). Sacramento State took second with 50 points, and Santa Clara and San Jose State tied for third (64).

CAL MEN PERFECT IN 2002:
The Cal men's cross country team has won each of its first two competitions of the 2002 season - the Berkeley Firetrail Challenge Sept. 7 and the USF Invitational Sept. 14.

CAL WOMEN TAKE FOURTH AT USF INVITATIONAL:
The Cal women placed fourth with 107 points at the San Francisco Invitational. Sacramento State finished first with 38 points, ahead of San Jose State (47) and San Francisco (90). Saint Mary's Allegra Porter won the 2.7-mile race in 16:17. Freshman Mary Faia led the way for Cal with a 10th-place showing (17:46). Freshman Stephanie Byrne (14th, 17:51) and senior Lache Bailey (16th, 17:57) also placed in the Top 20.

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). Sandoval's first Ethiopian runner at Cal was Tesfaye Beyene, who lettered in cross country in 1992.

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