Cal Competes at NCAA West Regional

Nov. 7, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - CAL COMPETES AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL: Coming off solid Pac-10 finishes, the California men's and women's cross country teams travel across the Bay to the NCAA West Regional Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Stanford Golf Course. The men's 10K begins at 11 a.m., followed by the women's 6K at 12:15 p.m. The top two men's and women's teams will advance to the NCAA Championships Monday, Nov. 21 in Terra Haute, Ind. At-large team and individual berths will be announced Nov. 14. The top four runners from non-qualifying teams in each region advance to NCAAs. The Cal women grabbed ninth (1988) and 15th (1984) in their only team NCAA Championships appearances, while the Cal men are in search of their first NCAA team bid.

A LOOK AT THE POLLS: The Cal men are ranked No. 28 in the latest NCAA Cross Country Poll, marking the latest in the season the Bears have ever been ranked.

BEARS COACH Tony Sandoval ON THE NCAA REGIONAL: 'It is critical that we run well to receive at-large berths. We'll have to finish third or fourth to be considered on the men's side. We would like the women to finish in the top 10 at regionals and move up in terms of Pac-10 placing.'

2004 NCAA WEST REGIONAL IN REVIEW: The Cal men's team placed 12th at the 2004 NCAA West Regional with 312 points. Stanford took first with 49 points. Then-senior Girmany Guangul finished 30th on the 10K course in 31:20 to lead the Bears, followed by Giliat Ghebray in 52nd (31:50). Maja Ruznic (60th, 22:09) and Lindsey Maclise (66th, 22:16) were the only two women's runners to represent Cal.

BEARS 2005 NCAA REGIONAL LINEUP: Cal will send its top seven men's and women's runners at the Pac-10 Championships to this week's regional. However, redshirt freshman Alysia Johnson won't compete due to bursitis. The men's lineup features (in order of Pac-10 finish): senior Giliat Ghebray, freshman Mark Matusak, senior Kevin Davis, freshman Yosef Ghebray, redshirt freshman Andy McClary, sophomore Chris Chavez and freshman Jake Schmitt. Junior Eric Roberts is an alternate. The women's lineup showcases (in order of Pac-10 finish): sophomore Rebecca Yau, redshirt junior Bridget Duffy, senior Abby Parker, redshirt junior Elizabeth Mayeda, redshirt freshman Maria Raffray, redshirt junior Brooke Wells and senior Maja Ruznic.

2005 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REVIEW: The Cal men's team finished a program-best third place with 107 points Oct. 29 at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships at Dell Urich Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. The Golden Bear women took seventh with 188 points, which was their best showing since a sixth-place performance in 1995. The Cal men had four runners place in the top 20, led by 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. Mark Matusak grabbed 17th in 24:56, Kevin Davis was 18th (24:58) and Yosef Ghebray crossed the finish line in 20th (25:01). Rebecca Yau led the Cal women in 27th place (22:04), and Bridget Duffy followed in 34th (22:27).

DUFFY LEADS BEARS IN 14 OF 16 RACES: Bridget Duffy has led Cal in 14 of the 16 cross country competitions she has entered since arriving on campus in the fall of 2002. Duffy paced Cal in three of her four races in 2005. Rebecca Yau, a former walk-on, took top honors at Pac-10s, and Amanda Thornberry and Marie Raffray also propelled the team in one competition each this year. In 2003, Duffy earned All-America honors in cross country by finishing 42nd at the NCAA Championships. Giliat Ghebray has led Cal in three events this season, and Mark Matusak has twice taken top honors. In the races Ghebray paced the team, Matusak was right behind him and vice versa.

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