Cal Travels to Fresno State Invitational
Sept. 7, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL RUNS AT FRESNO STATE INVITATIONAL: The California men's and women's cross country teams travel to the Fresno State Invitational Saturday, Sept. 10 at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif. The women's 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m., and the men's 8K event follows shortly after the women's competition. The field for the invitational includes Cal, Fresno State, San Diego State, Cal Poly, San Jose State, Sacramento State, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Chico State.BEARS TAKE 4TH, 5TH AT USF INVITE: Cal opened the 2004 season with some solid results Sept. 4 at the 13th-annual USF Invitational at Lindley Meadows in Golden Gate Park. The Golden Bear men finished fourth with 109 points, while the women took fifth place with 118 points. Stanford swept the men's and women's team events with perfect scores of 15. UCLA took second on both sides, as well, with 49 (men) and 53 (women) points.PINA, CHAVEZ LEAD BEARS IN OPENER: Senior Ozzie Pina paced Cal at the USF Invitational with a 17th-place finish (25:08.9) on the 8000-meter course. Pina is in his second year with the Bears after transferring from Mt. SAC, where he won a California state junior college cross country title. In 2003, Pina was one of the team's top runners but wasn't in peak form due to ongoing shin problems. He is expected to perform even better in 2004. Freshman Chris Chavez cracked the top 20 in his first collegiate race (20th, 25:29.8). Cal's other six runners were also competing in their first official race for the Bears, with sophomore Micah Parker (26:01.0), freshman Stephen Pottey (29th, 26:07.1) and freshman Dan Bloomgron (32nd, 26:22.2) rounding out the team's top five finishers.THORNBERRY, MACLISE PACE CAL WOMEN: Redshirt freshman Amanda Thornberry, a prep All-American, shined in her Golden Bear debut, leading her squad with a 25th-place showing (18:40.9). Senior Lindsey Maclise wasn't far behind in 26th (18:46.2). Freshman Rebecca Yau (28th, 18:53.4) and sophomores Pippa Macdonald (33rd, 19:15.9) and Brooke Wells (37th, 19:23.6) also scored for Cal.2003 IN REVIEW: The Cal women are coming off a ninth-place conference finish and a 10th-place showing at the NCAA West Regional - three spots better than the 2002 regional. The Cal men placed eighth at the 2003 Pac-10 meet and improved two spots to 10th at the NCAA regional.DID YOU KNOW?: Bridget Duffy looks to join Kirsten O'Hara (1985, '87, '88) as the only Cal women to earn at least two cross country All-America honors. Duffy became an All-American with her 42nd-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Pippa Macdonald's father, Duncan, was a miler at Stanford, a former U.S. national champion in the 5000 meters and a 1976 Olympian. John Eves, a physics major who hails from Dublin, Ireland, attends University College in Dublin and will spend the 2004-05 academic year at Cal. Eves finished ninth in the 1500 meters at Ireland's Senior Track and Field National Championships and 25th in his country's cross country national championships. There are two sets of siblings on this year's Cal cross country teams - Abby and Micah Parker and freshmen twins Alex and Andrew McClary.