Bears Face Tough Test at Stanford Invitational

Sept. 23, 2002

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BEARS FACE TOUGHEST TEST SO FAR:
California faces its toughest test to date in 2002 when the Golden Bears travel to the Stanford Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Stanford Golf Course. The meet features high school and collegiate athletes from around the country. The men's field is led by top-ranked Stanford, while the women's is stacked with No. 3 Stanford, No. 8 Duke, No. 11 UCLA and No. 21 Wisconsin. Most of the Cal runners are entered in the 6000m women's invitational race at 4:50 p.m. and the men's 8000m invitational race at 5:15 p.m. Some 'B' team men's runners may compete in the 4000m at 4:30 p.m.

CAL SENDS TOP ATHLETES TO STANFORD:
Cal will send its best, healthy athletes to the Stanford Invitational. The men's line-up features senior Martin Conrad, junior Carlos Carballo, freshmen Giliat Ghebray and Kevin Davis, junior Jon Balzer, senior John Burke, freshman Eric Roberts and senior Craig Lee. The women's line-up boasts freshman Bridget Duffy, sophomores Lindsey Maclise and Abby Parker, redshirt freshman Maja Ruznic, freshman Sophia Marquez, senior Lache Bailey and freshman Mary Faia.

2001 STANFORD INVITATIONAL IN REVIEW:
The Cal men placed third of eight teams on the 4000m short course race with 78 points. Carlos Carballo led Cal with an 18th-place finish in 11:54. Martin Conrad placed 20th for the Bears in 12:00, and Jon Balzer wasn't far behind in 22nd (12:02). On the women's side, Cal placed 11th out of 19 teams on the 4000m short course with 246 points. Erin Belger led the Bears for the third-straight meet, finishing 30th in 14.26. Just a fraction of a second behind Belger was her teammate Camille Stanley. Abby Parker took 33rd in 14:28. Stanford won the men's and women's short course team competitions.

CAL MEN FOURTH, WOMEN FIFTH AT AGGIE INVITATIONAL:
The Cal men placed fourth with 138 points, while the women took fifth with 163 at the Aggie Invitational Saturday morning at Recreation Hall. Cal ran primarily its 'B' teams. Adidas Transport won the men's competition with 27 points by grabbing the top three scoring spots among individual runners. Jon Balzer was Cal's top runner in 16th, completing the 8000-meter run in 25:55.30. 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's 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.

DID YOU KNOW?:
Cal senior Martin Conrad is in his fourth year as a member of the Air Force ROTC, and his father was a long-time member of the U.S. Navy. In addition to his busy schedule on the Cal cross country and track and field teams, Conrad is double majoring in history and political science. He ranks No. 7 all-time among Cal 3000mSC runners with a time of 8:56.65. The Long Beach native also has won each of his two cross country races this fall (Berkeley Firetrail Challenge and the USF Invitational).

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