Cal Travels to Chile Pepper Festival

Oct. 10, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL COMPETES AT CHILE PEPPER INVITE: After a two-week break from competition, California travels to the Chile Pepper Festival Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Agri Park Cross Country Course in Fayetteville, Ark. The men's 10K race is slated for 9:30 a.m. CT, while the women's 6K will be staged at 10:30 a.m. CT. Cal will send its top 10 men's and women's runners to the national-caliber event. The men's field includes No. 1 Arkansas, No. 6 Arizona, No. 11 UTEP and No. 28 Kansas. Top teams on the women's side include No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 12 Arkansas. South Dakota State, a Division II men's and women's power, will also be present.

BEARS SWEEP TEAM TITLES AT SF STATE INVITATIONAL: Cal won both the men's and women's team titles at the San Francisco State Gator Invitational Oct. 1 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The Golden Bears' men's team recorded a perfect score of 15 points, while the women won with 27 points. 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.

DAVIS, RAFFRAY LEAD BEARS AT SF STATE: Cal senior Kevin Davis led Cal at the San Francisco State Invitational with a second-place showing on the 8K course (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. This marked the first time Raffray has led the Bears in cross country. 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). The competition was Pierce's first as a Golden Bear after earning two All-America honors at Forsyth Country Day in Pffaftown, N.C.

DUFFY LEADS BEARS IN 13TH OF 14TH RACE: Junior 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 scores. She paced Cal at the Aggie Open (2nd) and the Stanford Invitational (37th). In 2003, Duffy earned All-America honors in cross country by finishing 42nd at the NCAA Championships. Duffy and senior 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. Matusak led Cal at the Stanford Invitational by taking 17th place.

DID YOU KNOW?: This year's Cal roster features three sets of siblings - junior Micah Parker and senior Abby Parker, who compete on the men's and women's team, respectively, senior Giliat Ghebray and his freshman brother, Yosef, and redshirt freshmen twins Alex and Andy McClary.