Cal Travels to Penn State National Meet

Oct. 11, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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BEARS JOURNEY TO PENN STATE MEET: The California men's and women's cross country teams travel to the Penn State National Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 16 for the Golden Bears `second major inter-regional competition of the season. The women's 6K race kicks off the event at 10 a.m. ET at the Blue-White Golf Courses in State College, Pa. The men's 5.2-mile race follows at 11 a.m. Colorado State won the 2003 Penn State National men's title with 36 points, and Providence claimed the women's trophy with 49 points. Cal didn't compete at last year's meet.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: Thirty-five teams from across the country are slated to compete at the Penn State meet. The field includes several ranked teams on the women's side - No. 2 Providence, No. 6 Duke, No. 24 West Virginia and No. 29 Boston College. A sampling of other programs include DePaul, George Washington, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Penn and the Wisconsin women's squad.

CAL'S LINEUP: Cal's women's lineup features: Samantha Jones, Amanda Thornberry, Lindsey Maclise, Rebecca Yau, Maja Ruznic, Elizabeth Mayeda, Chloe Jarvis, Brooke Wells, Pippa Macdonald and Whitney Schmucker. Whitney Russell may end up replacing Yau, who is recovering from a sprained ankle. On the men's side, the Bears send Girmay Guangul, Giliat Ghebray, Kevin Davis, Ozzie Pina, John Eves, Chris Chavez, Micah Parker, Stephen Pottey, Dan Blomgren and Andres Perezchica.

CAL WOMEN WIN SAN FRANCISCO STATE INVITATIONAL: The Cal women's team won the San Francisco State Invitational Oct. 2 in Golden Gate Park with a score of 24 points. San Francisco grabbed second with 38 points, and Sacramento State was third with 80 points. Cal freshman Whitney Russell and sophomore Whitney Schmucker finished second and third, respectively, on the 5K course in times of 18:39.40 and 18:40.70. USF's Luzy Miller won the race in 18:23.30. Also scoring for Cal, freshman Diane Reed placed seventh (18:52.50), sophomore Beth Wittry took 10th (19:03.80) and sophomore Lisa Sandoval finished 24th (19:38.70). Freshman Wes Davison led the Cal men by placing eighth, touring the 8K course in 26:08.40. Freshman Tim Bardet finished 19th in 27:13.10 as the only other Bears' men's runner at the event.

LOCAL PRODUCTS LEAD THE WAY FOR BEARS: Several Bay Area athletes have stepped up to lead Cal this season. On the women's side, sophomore Samantha Jones, who hails from Martinez, was Cal's top runner at the Fresno State and Roy Griak Invitationals. San Jose's Amanda Thornberry, a redshirt freshman, paced the Bears in the season opener at USF. Junior Giliat Ghebray, a product of Union City, held top honors for the Cal men at the Roy Griak meet.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE HORIZON: Cal will serve as host of the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 30 in Golden Gate Park. The day begins with an open race at 8:30 a.m. and is followed by the women's 6K at 9:30 a.m. and the men's 8K at 10:30 a.m. The start and finish of each race will be in Speedway Meadows east of the Polo Fields. Admission is free to all fans.

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