Bears Travel to Indiana State Invite, SF State Invite

Oct. 1, 2002

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BEARS VISIT MIDWEST:
Fresh off many career-best performances at the Stanford Invitational, California sends its top runners to the Indiana State Invitational Sat., Oct. 5 looking to see how it fairs against inter-regional competition. Terra Haute also is the site of the 2002 NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships. The women's 6000m starts at 10:30 a.m. CT (8:30 a.m. PT) on the LaVern Gibson Course at Wabash Valley Sports Center, and the men's 8000m follows at 11:15 a.m. (9:15 a.m. PT). The Golden Bears also will be represented at the San Francisco State Invitational on the same day.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD AT INDIANA STATE:
No. 6 Villanova, No. 17 Colorado State and No. 20 Indiana headline a competitive 20-team men's field at this weekend's Indiana State Invitational. Other teams include No. 24 Alabama, No. 25 Butler, Nebraska, Tennessee and Maryland. The 22-team women's field also is loaded with No. 7 Arkansas, No. 10 Boston College and No. 17 Colorado State vying for the title. The women's squads from Nebraska, Tennessee and Maryland also comprise the field.

BEARS' LINE-UP FOR INDIANA STATE:
At the Indiana State Invitational, the Cal men's line-up features its top athletes - senior Martin Conrad, junior Carlos Carballo, freshman Giliat Ghebray, senior John Burke, freshmen Kevin Davis and Eric Roberts, junior Jon Balzer and senior Craig Lee. The Bear women also will showcase their top runners - freshman Bridget Duffy, sophomore Lindsey Maclise, redshirt freshman Maja Ruznic, sophomore Abby Parker, freshman Sophia Marquez and senior Lache Bailey. Duffy was Cal's top performer in each of the two meets she has entered this season.

CAL MEN 8TH, WOMEN 14TH AT STANFORD INVITE:
The Cal men finished eighth among the 30 teams with 249 points at the national-calibre Stanford Invitational Saturday. Meanwhile, the Cal women placed 14th among the 33 teams with 412 points. New Mexico claimed the men's crown with 61 points, and Stanford took top honors in the women's competition with 50. Junior Carlos Carballo led the way for the Cal men, finishing 20th in 24:22. Senior Martin Conrad was the Bears' next fastest runner, taking 53rd in 24:59. Bridget Duffy paced the Bear women, grabbing 42nd in 22:22. Lindsey Maclise posted the next result (70th, 22:49). Several Cal athletes ran career best times on the Stanford Golf Course, including Maclise, Abby Parker, Conrad, Carballo, Jon Balzer and John Burke. Others had outstanding collegiate debuts on the course - Duffy, Maja Ruznic, Sophia Marquez, Kevin Davis and Eric Roberts.

DID YOU KNOW?:
Abby Parker's uncle, Ian Turner, competed on the Cal crew team and won an Olympic gold medal for the U.S. at the 1948 Olympics in London. Parker's father, Steven, and her grandparents also attended Cal. Abby's best showing of the 2002 cross country season was seventh at the Berkeley Firetrail Challenge.

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