Cal Competes at Stanford Invitational

Sept. 19, 2005

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CAL TRAVELS TO STANFORD: Coming off a team sweep of the Aggie Open, California returns to competition at the 32nd-annual Stanford Invitational Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Stanford Golf Course. More than 3,000 runners will represent universities and high schools from across the country at the largest cross country meet in Northern California. The Golden Bears have runners slated to compete in the women's (4:35 p.m.) and men's 4K (4:55 p.m.), the women's 6K (5:15 p.m.) and the men's 8K (5:45 p.m.). According to Cal head coach Tony Sandoval, the Bears look to continue to work on their team tactics instead of focusing on individual accolades. Sandoval announced this week that freshman sensation Gabriela Rios-Sotelo (Berkeley) is expected to redshirt due to a stress fracture.

A LOOK BACK AT 2004 STANFORD INVITE: Last year, four Cal athletes raced in the 4K competitions at Stanford, as most of Cal's team traveled to the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota. Wes Davison paced the Cal men, while Whitney Russell led the Cal women at Stanford last season.

BEARS CLAIM AGGIE OPEN: Senior Giliat Ghebray led a Cal sweep of the top three spots on the men's side and junior All-American Bridget Duffy took second overall on the women's side as the Bears won both team titles at the Aggie Open Sept. 10 at the Wildhorse Golf Course in Davis, Calif. The Cal men tallied 21 points on the 8K course to beat host UC Davis (35), San Francisco (91) and five more teams. The Cal women scored 23 points on the 5K course to beat San Jose State (56), UC Davis (58), San Francisco (89), Sacramento State (156), Pacific (193) and three more teams.

GHEBRAY, DUFFY LEAD THE WAY IN DAVIS: Ghebray won the men's race in a time of 25:39.60, four seconds ahead of freshman teammate Mark Matusak (25:43.60), who finished second. Another Cal freshman, Jake Schmitt, was third (25:49.10). Duffy, making her return to the cross country team after redshirting last season, took second in the women's 5K race in a time of 18:22.00, 4.1 seconds behind winner Tiffany Hall (18:17.90) of San Jose State. Cal had five of the top seven runners on the women's side, with senior Abby Parker (18:22.90) third, sophomore Rebecca Yau (18:35.00) fifth, freshman Alysia Johnson (18:38.30) sixth and sophomore Amanda Thornberry (18.38.90) seventh.

GHEBRAY PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Giliat Ghebray is poised to lead Cal to a breakout 2005 season. The Union City, Calif., led Cal at the Aggie Open after pacing the squad at the 2004 Roy Griak and Penn State Invitationals. He posted the Bears' second-fastest time - first among returners - at the 2004 NCAA West Regional (52nd, 31:50). Giliat's freshman brother, Yosef, took 13th at the Aggie Open (26:49.70).

BEARS THRILLED TO HAVE DUFFY, PARKER BACK: Duffy and Parker, who both redshirted last year's cross country campaign, are back to propel Cal in 2005. Not surprisingly, Duffy (second) and Parker (third) paced the Bears at the Aggie Open. Duffy, a 2003 All-American, has led Cal in 12 of 13 competitions since arriving on campus in the fall of 2002. Parker was Cal's second-fastest competitor at the 2003 conference and regional meets (41st and 43rd, respectively).

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 took 27th.

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