Cal Men Place 3rd, Women 7th at Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 29, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz. - The California men's cross country team finished a program-best third place with 107 points Saturday at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships at Dell Urich Golf Course. The Golden Bear women took seventh with 188 points, which was their highest finish since a sixth-place showing in 1995.

The Bears men's team's previous best result was fourth at the inaugural 1981 conference meet. Since that meet, Cal recorded four fifth-place finishes and was eighth in 2004. The Cal women stood ninth in 2003 and 2004.

Stanford won the men's and women's team crowns with 46 and 34 points, respectively. Behind Robert Chesert and Obed Mutanya's one-two finish on the men's 8K course, Arizona placed second in the men's competition with 78 points. Cheseret defended his Pac-10 title in a time of 23:57.

Amy Hastings, the 2004 Pac-10 individual champion, claimed second place (20:40) on the women's 6K course to help Arizona State finish second in the team event with 40 points. Stanford's Arianna Lambie triumphed in the women's race in a time of 20:20.

The Cal men had four runners place in the top 20, led by senior Giliat Ghebray in eighth place (23:57), which was the best Pac-10 result for a Golden Bear male since Bolota Asmerom took seventh in 1999. Freshman Mark Matusak grabbed 17th in 24:56, senior Kevin Davis was 18th (24:58) and freshman Yosef Ghebray crossed the finish line in 20th (25:01). Redshirt freshman Andy McClary also scored for the Bears (46th, 25:45).

Sophomore Rebecca Yau led the Cal women in 27th place (22:04), and redshirt junior Bridget Duffy followed in 34th (22:27). This marked only the second time in 16 career competitions that Duffy has not paced the Bears in cross country. The other scorers for Cal were senior Abby Parker (46th, 22:45), junior Elizabeth Mayeda (48th, 22:1) and redshirt freshman Marie Raffray (53rd, 23:03).

Up next for the Bears is the NCAA West Regional Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Stanford Golf Course.

2005 Pac-10 Championships - Dell Urich Golf Course

Men's Team Scores (8): 1. Stanford 46, 2. Arizona 78, 3. California 107, 4. Washington 116, 5. Arizona State 125, 6. Oregon 131, 7. UCLA 139, 8. Washington State 146.

Men's Top Five 8K Finishers: 1. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 23:57, 2. Obed Mutanya (Arizona) 24:13, 3. Neftalem Araia (Stanford) 24:19, 4. Mark Mandi (Washington) 24:20, 5. Austin Ramos (UCLA) 24:23.

Cal Men's Individual Results: 8. Giliat Ghebray 24:30, 17. Mark Matsuak 24:56, 18. Kevin Davis 24:58, 20. Yosef Ghebray 25:01, 46. Andy McClary 25:45, 47. Chris Chavez 25:45, 49. Jake Schmitt 25:51, 57. Eric Roberts 26:12, 64. Alex McClary 26:31, 68. Matt Miller 26:52.

Women's Team Scores (10): 1. Stanford 34, 2. Arizona State 40, 3. Oregon 86, 4. Washington 111, 5. Washington State 159, 6. UCLA 162, 7. California 188, 8. Oregon State 190, 9. Arizona 208, 10. USC 309.

Women's Top Five 6K Finishers: 1. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 20:20, 2. Amy Hastings (ASU) 20:40, 3. Lindsay Flacks (Stanford) 20:52, 4. Ashley Caldwell (UCLA) 20:55, 5. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 20:56.

Cal Women's Individual Results: 27. Rebecca Yau 22:04, 34. Bridget Duffy 22:27, 46. Abby Parker 22:45, 48. Elizabeth Mayeda 22:51, 53. Marie Raffray 23:03, 70. Brooke Wells 23:51, 74. Maja Ruznic 24:21, 76. Alysia Johnson 24:25, 82. Amanda Thornberry 25:30, 86. Mackenzie Pierce 28:43.

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