Cal Runs at San Francisco State Invitational

Sept. 27, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL COMPETES AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE INVITATIONAL: After posting some solid results at the Stanford Invitational last week, California competes at the San Francisco State Invitational Saturday, Oct. 1 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The women's 6K race begins at 8:15 a.m. at Lindley Meadows, while the men's 8K competition starts at 9 a.m. The early start is due to a Bluegrass Festival later in the day. In addition to Cal and host San Francisco State, Bakersfield, Stanislaus, Pacific, and Sonoma State are among the teams entered. Cal will send a few of its top runners and a collection of its 'B' athletes.

A LOOK BACK AT 2004 SF STATE INVITE: Last year, the Cal women won the San Francisco State Invitational with 24 points, while the host Gators finished second with 38 points. Whitney Russell and Whitney Schmucker placed second (18:39.40) and third (18:40.70), respectively. The Cal men were represented by only two runners.

BEAR MEN TAKE FIFTH, WOMEN EIGHTH AT STANFORD: The Cal men placed fifth out of 13 teams with 141 points Sept. 24 at the 32nd-annual Stanford Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course. The Golden Bear women finished eighth with 246 points out of 32 teams. Stanford claimed the women's 6K team title (31 points) and the men's 8K team crown (50 points).

DUFFY, MATUSAK PACE CAL AT STANFORD: Junior Bridget Duffy led the Bears at Stanford by placing 37th in a time of 22:45 on the 6K course. Duffy's performance comes on the heels of her second-place showing at the Aggie Open Sept. 10. Cal sophomore Rebecca Yau took 46th place (22:55), and senior Abby Parker finished 53rd (23:05). Yau has come on strong for the Bears after walking on the team in 2004 and earning a letter. Also scoring for Cal were junior Elizabeth Mayeda (61st, 23:19) and redshirt freshman Alysia Johnson (67th, 23:25).

Freshman Mark Matusak paced Cal at Stanford by placing 17th on the 8K course in 24:24. It marked Matusak's second top 20 showing of the year and the first time he led the Bears. Senior Giliat Ghebray wasn't far behind in 19th (24:27), and his younger brother, Yosef, took 23rd (24:34). Also scoring for the Bears were freshman Jake Schmitt (46th, 25:03) and sophomore Chris Chavez (57th, 25:15).

DUFFY LEADS BEARS IN 13TH OF 14TH RACE: Bridget Duffy has led Cal in 13 of the 14 cross country competitions she has entered since arriving on campus in the fall of 2002. This season, Duffy has been utilized to help Cal's tactics of running as a team for the first portion of a race, which has improved the Bears' overall score. In 2003, Duffy earned All-America honors in cross country by finishing 42nd at the NCAA Championships. Duffy and Abby Parker reshirted last season.

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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