Cal Men, Women Claim Gator Invitational Team Titles

Oct. 1, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - California won both the men's and women's team titles at the San Francisco State Gator Invitational Saturday morning at Golden Gate Park. The Golden Bears' men's team recorded a perfect score of 15 points, while the women won with 27 points.

The Cal cross country teams also swept the Aggie Open Sept. 10 in Davis, Calif.

Cal State Stanislaus finished second to Cal in both competitions - 52 points on the men's side and 49 points in the women's competition.

Cal runners grabbed five of the top seven spots on the men's 8K course but still earned a perfect team score because two of the leading runners were competing unattached. David Torrence, one of the unattached athletes, claimed the race in a time of 25:30, and Cal senior Kevin Davis grabbed second in 25:57.

Bears redshirt freshmen Andy and Alex McClary finished third (26:11) and fourth (26:17), respectively. Redshirt freshman Eric Lee also scored for Cal by placing sixth (26:40).

In the women's 6K competition, Cal redshirt freshman Marie Raffray won the race in a time of 23:00, one second ahead of Cal State Stanislaus' Desire Castellanos. Cal senior Maja Ruznic placed third (23:13), sophomore Amanda Thornberry crossed the finish line in fourth (23:27) and junior Brooke Wells took fifth (23:40). Freshman Mackenzie Pierce also scored for the Bears, posting a 19th place finish (24:38).

Cal returns to action Oct. 15 at the Chilli Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

2005 San Francisco State Gator InvitationalGolden Gate Park

Men's Team Scores (5): 1. California 15 points, 2. Cal State Stanislaus 52, 3. California Lutheran 85, 4. Cal State Monterey 97, 5. San Francisco State 103.

Men's Top Five 8K Finishers: 1. David Torrence (unattached) 25:30, 2. Kevin Davis (California) 25:57, 3. Andy McClary (California) 26:11, 4. Alex McClary (California) 26:17, 5. Stephen Pottey (unattached) 26:24.

Other Cal Men's Individual Results: 6. Eric Lee 26:40, 7. Micah Parker 26:40, 25. Randy Fair 28:01, 26. Sean Carey 28:05.

Women's Team Scores (8): 1. California 27 points, 2. Cal State Stanislaus 49, 3. California Lutheran 102, 4. Pacific 110, 5. San Francisco State 111, 6. Sonoma State 129, 7. Cal State Bakersfield 158, 8. Cal State Monterey Bay 186.

Women's Top Five 6K Finishers: 1. Marie Raffray (California) 23:00, 2. Desire Castellanos (Cal State Stanislaus) 23:01, 3. Maja Ruznic (California) 23:13, 4. Amanda Thornberry (California) 23:27, 5. Brooke Wells (California) 23:40.

Other Cal Women's Individual Results: 19. Mackenzie Pierce 24:38.

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