Cal Men Finish 8th, Women 11th at NCAA West Regional

Nov. 12, 2005

STANFORD, Calif. - The California men's cross country team placed eighth with 205 points Saturday at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford Golf Course. The Golden Bear women took 11th with 313 points.

The Cal men improved four spots and 107 points from their 2004 team result. Last season, the Bears were only represented by two female runners due to injuries at the NCAA West Regional.

Today, Arizona won the men's team title with 33 points, far outdistancing Pac-10 champion Stanford (80), but both teams earn the automatic NCAA Championships bids out of the West region. Arizona State was third with 100 points.

Senior Giliat Ghebray finished in 15th place on the 10K course in a time of 30:38.2, posting the Bears' top individual result at regionals since 2000 when Girmay Guangul placed ninth. Ghebray has an excellent chance of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships but won't find out until Monday, Nov. 14. This year's championships are staged Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Cal freshman Mark Matusak ran a strong race to place 21st (30:53.6) in his first NCAA regional. Senior Kevin Davis crossed in 48th (31:24.0), freshman Yosef Ghebray took 55th (31:33.4), and freshman Jake Schmitt was the Bears' final scorer in 70th (32:01.9).

Arizona's Robert Cheseret claimed the individual crown in 20:03.3, while his teammate, Obed Muntanya, wasn't far behind in second at 30:05.7.

Stanford grabbed the women's team trophy with 24 points, and Arizona State claimed the other automatic team bid to NCAAs by placing second with 48 points.

Redshirt junior Bridget Duffy led Cal by touring the 6K courses in 21:28.2 to place 34th. Sophomore Rebecca Yau crossed shortly after Duffy to finish in 41st (21:33.0) in her first NCAA regional appearance. Senior Abby Parker (46th, 21:38.6), redshirt freshman Marie Raffray (85th, 22:29.9) and redshirt junior Elizabeth Mayeda (116th, 22:57.4) accounted for the Bears other scores.

Stanford's Arianna Lambie easily won the women's individual competition in 19:29.3, while Arizona State's Amy Hastings took second in 19:58.4.

Men's Team Results (23 teams): 1. Arizona 33, 2. Stanford 80, 3. Arizona State 100, 4t. Washington 106, 4t. Portland 106, 6. Oregon 153, 7. Cal Poly 166, 8. California 205, 9. UC Santa Barbara 271, 10. Long Beach State 295, plus 13 other teams.

Top 5 Men's Finishers: 1. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 30:03.3, 2. Obed Muntanya (Arizona) 30:05.7, 3. Casey Burchill (Arizona State) 30:09.3, 4. Jonah Maiyo (Arizona) 30:19.8, 5. Mark Mandi (Washington) 30:21.4.

Cal's Men's Results: 15. Giliat Ghebray 30:38.2, 21. Mark Matusak 30:53.6, 48. Kevin Davis 31:24.0, 55. Yosef Ghebray 31:33.4, 70. Jake Schmitt 32:01.9, 81. Chris Chavez 32:18.6, 97. Andy McClary 32:59.3,

Women's Team Results (30 teams): 1. Stanford 24, 2. Arizona State 48, 3. Washington 117, 4. Oregon 139, 5. UCLA 196, 6. Portland 228, 7. San Diego State 290, 8. Washington State 299, 9. UC Irvine 310, 10. Long Beach 311, 11. California 313, plus 19 other teams.

Top 5 Women's Finishers: 1. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 19:29.3, 2. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 19:58.4, 3. Ashley Caldwell (UCLA) 20:12.5, 4. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 20:16.8, 5. Kathleen Trotter (Stanford) 20:17.1.

Cal's Women's Results: 34. Bridget Duffy 21:28.2, 41. Rebecca Yau 21:33.0, 46.Abby Parker 21:38.6, 85. Marie Raffray 22:29.9, 116. Elizabeth Mayeda 22:57.4, 158. Maja Ruznic 23:46.9.

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