Cal Travels to Aggie Open
Sept. 6, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL COMPETES AT AGGIE OPEN: California will field a full lineup for the first time this season at the Aggie Open Saturday, Sept. 10, in Davis, Calif. The Golden Bears didn't compete at the Aggie Open last year. The women's 5K race begins at 9 a.m. at the Wildhorse Golf Course, followed by the men's 8K at 9:45 a.m. The field includes UC Davis, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Jose State, San Francisco, Holy Names, William Jessup and women's teams from Sonoma State, Sierra College and Pacific.
USF INVITATIONAL IN REVIEW: Sophomore Amanda Thornberry and junior Eric Roberts led the California cross country teams at the USF Invitational. Thornberry finished the 5K race in eighth place (18:44.1). Last year, Thornberry also paced the Bears at the USF Invitational but grabbed 25th (18:40.9). Cal junior Eric Roberts led his team with a 20th-place showing on the 8K course. Roberts, who redshirted 2004 due to an injury, clocked in at 26:21.2. The Bears sent only seven runners to the season opener in Golden Gate Park.
DUFFY, PARKER LEAD BEAR WOMEN: Junior Bridget Duffy and senior Abby Parker provide a solid one-two punch for Cal after redshirting the 2004 cross country season. Duffy became Cal's first All-American in cross country in five years by placing 42nd at the 2003 NCAA Championships. She has led the Bears in 11 of 12 cross country competitions since her arrival on campus, including eighth place at the 2003 NCAA West Regional and 13th at the Pac-10 meet. As a redshirt during the 2005 track and field campaign, Parker clocked career-best times of 16:40 in the 5000 meters at the Stanford Invitational and 10:37 in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. In 2003, she was the Bears' second-best performer at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (41st, 23:47).
OTHERS TO WATCH FOR CAL WOMEN: Leadership is also expected from senior Maja Ruznic, who paced the Bears at the 2004 NCAA West Regional (60th, 22:09). Freshmen Gabriela Rios-Sotelo (Berkeley, Calif.) and Mackenzie Pierce (Pffafftown, N.C.) should have an immediate impact. Rios-Sotelo was the 2004 state runner-up in cross country, and Pierce is a two-time Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year for North Carolina.
DAVIS, GHEBRAY LEAD CAL MEN: Seniors Kevin Davis and Giliat Ghebray look to lead a freshman-dominated team. Five of Cal's top eight runners are expected to be true or redshirt freshmen. Davis was the Bears' second-fastest runner at the Pac-10 Championships as a junior, finishing 33rd in a time of 25:33. He also posted Cal's third-best performance at the 2004 NCAA West Regional, placing 53rd (31:52). Ghebray led Cal at the Roy Griak Invitational and the Penn State Invitational last season and recorded the Bears' second-best time at the NCAA West Regional (52nd, 31:50).
MATUSAK, GHEBRAY, SCHMITT PROPEL CAL TO NO. 1 RECRUIT RANKING: Cal earned the No. 1 recruiting class in the state of California, according to DyeStatCal, by signing three Footlocker finalists in Mark Matusak (Torrance, Calif.), Yosef Ghebray (Union City, Calif.) and Jake Schmitt (Kentfield, Calif.). Matusak finished third at the 2004 Footlocker Nationals, while Schmitt placed 19th and Ghebray (younger brother of Giliat) took 27th.