Cal Men Fourth, Women Fifth at Aggie Invitational

Sept. 21, 2002

DAVIS, Calif. - The California men's cross country team placed fourth with 138 points, while the women took fifth with 163 at the Aggie Invitational Saturday morning at Recreation Hall. Both squads ran primarily their 'B' team.

Adidas Transport won the men's competition with 27 points by grabbing the top three scoring spots among individual runners. Host UC Davis was second with 39 points, followed by Santa Clara with 80. On the women's side, UC Davis took top honors with 44 points, ahead of Cal State Stanislaus (72), Sacramento State (83) and Sonoma State (130).

Junior Jon Balzer was Cal's top runner in 16th, completing the 8000-meter run in 25:55.30. Senior John Burke wasn't far behind in 22nd at 26:12.90. Nike Farm Team's Nate Bowen was entered as an individual and won the men's race in 24:37.50.

Cal redshirt freshman Maja Ruznic had a strong 5000-meter run, grabbing 18th in 18:59.80. The next best Bear runner was sophomore Katie White, who placed 38th in 19:37.30. Impalas' Teresa McWalters posted the winning time of 17:54.30.

Men's Team Scores (Top 10 of 22 teams):
1. Adidas Transport 27, 2. UC Davis (39), 3. Santa Clara 80, 4. Cal 138, 5. West Valley TC 148, 6. Hoy's Excelsior 159, 7. Sacramento State 216, 8. Cal State Stansislaus 218, 9. Saint Mary's 292, 10. EBS/WVTC 326.

Women's Team Scores (Top 10 of 17 teams):
1. UC Davis 44, 2. Cal State Stanislaus 72, 3. Sacramento State 83, 4. Sonoma State 130, 5. Cal 163, 6. Empire Runners 198, 7. Santa Clara 204, 8. Chico State 259, 9t. Saint Mary's 260, 9t. Impalas 260.

Cal Men's Individual Results:
16. Jon Balzer 25:55.30, 22. John Burke 26:12.90, 42. Dan Spence 26:58.30, 56. Jeff Squires 27:27.20, 69. Abadir Barre 28:03.80.

Cal Women's Individual Results:
18. Maja Ruznic 18:59.80, 38. Katie White 19:37.30, 42. Lache Bailey 19:42.30, 43. Sophia Marquez 19:42.90, 61. Leah Atwood 20:11.20, 119. Nicole Smith 22:39.20.

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