Cal Travels to NCAA West Regional

Nov. 10, 2002

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CAL TRAVELS TO NCAA WEST REGIONAL:
After a two-week break following the Pac-10 Championships, California travels to the NCAA West Regional, Saturday, Nov. 16, at Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. The day begins with the women's 6000 meters at 10 a.m., followed by the men's 10,000 at 11 a.m. The top two teams from each regional earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, Monday, Nov. 25, in Terra Haute, Ind. The Cal men are ranked eighth in the West region in the latest (United States Cross Country Coaches Association (USCCA) poll.

BEARS' LINE-UP FOR NCAA REGIONALS:
Cal's men's lineup for regionals features: senior Martin Conrad, junior Carlos Carballo, freshmen Kevin Davis, junior Jon Balzer, freshmen Eric Roberts and Abadir Barre, and senior Craig Lee. The Bears will unfortunately be without freshman standout Giliat Ghebray, who strained his hip flexor at the Pac-10 Championships Nov. 2. Cal also has officially decided to redshirt junior Girmay Guangul, a 2000 NCAA Championships participant. On the women's side, the Bears feature: freshman Bridget Duffy, sophomores Lindsey Maclise and Abby Parker, redshirt freshman Maja Ruznic, senior Lache Bailey, freshman Sophia Marquez and either freshman Mary Faia or sophomore Katie White.

2001 NCAA WEST REGIONAL IN REVIEW:
The Cal men wrapped up the 2001 season with an 11th-place finish at the 20-team NCAA West Regional at Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. The Golden Bears posted 293 points to finish behind 10th place Cal Poly (246). Stanford won the race with 37 points, ahead of second-place Portland (91) and third-place Oregon (112). Stanford's Donald Sage won the individual 10k race in 30:43.40. Senior Corey Creasey paced Cal, taking 43rd in 32:41.00. Carballo was the next fastest Bear in 56th (33:12.80), followed by Guangul (58th, 33:18.70). The Cal women didn't compete at last year's regional.

LAST TIME OUT...PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REVIEW:
Cal showed vast improvement over a year ago at this year's Pac-10 Championships in Pasadena, Calif. The Bear men finished sixth with 165 points and were only one point shy of tying Washington for fifth. Meanwhile, the Cal women placed eighth with 208 points and were only 11 points behind sixth-place Washington State (197). At the 2001 Pac-10 meet, the Bears finished eighth (men) and ninth (women) in team scoring. Stanford swept the men's and women's team competition this year with 19 and 23 points, respectively. Conrad led the Cal men for the third time in 2002 with a 22nd-place showing in 24:44 on the 8000m course. Last season, Conrad finished 44th (26:34.4) at the Pac-10s. Carballo was Cal's next best runner in 30th (25:04). Duffy paced the Cal women for the fourth time this season by placing 35th in 22:08 on the 6000m course. Parker wasn't far behind in 38th (22:19).

DID YOU KNOW?
Cal freshman Bridget Duffy has led Cal in all four races she has competed in this season. This includes a victory in the season opener at the Berkeley Firetrail Challenge. Duffy, a Berkeley, Calif., product, was a two-time state cross country champion at St. Mary's High School.

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