Cal Men Finish Fourth at Stanford Invitational, Women Fifth

Sept. 30, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. - The California men's cross country team finished in fourth place with 113 points Saturday at the Stanford Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course. The Golden Bears women's team grabbed fifh place with 157 points.

Both Cal teams showed improvement over last year at Stanford. The Bear men took fifth in 2005, and the women were eighth.

Stanford won the men's 8K and the women's 6K competitions with 42 and 24 points, respectively. UC Santa Barbara was the runner-up on the men's side with 56 points, while UC Irvine took second in the women's race with 115 points.

Junior David Torrence made his official return after a two-year absence to the Cal cross country team and led the Bears with a seventh-place showing on the 8K course in 23:49. Sophomore Mark Matusak, the 2005 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year who also was competing for the first time this fall, was Cal's next fastest runner in 22nd (24:18). Cal's other counting scores came from freshman Michael Coe (28th, 24:34), sophomore Yosef Ghebray (31st, 24:38) and junior Chis Chavez (48th, 25:01).

Freshman Steve Sodaro (T34th, 24:44) and senior Micah Parker (43rd, 24:57) finished ahead of Chavez, but they were entered in the race as non-scorers.

Stanford's Neftalem Arai claimed the men's 8K crown in 23:31, while Arianna Lambie won the 6K women's title in 20:13.

Junior Rebecca Yau placed 13th on the 6K course in 21:12 to pace Cal for the second time this season. Senior Elizabeth Mayeda turned in a strong effort to place 27th (21:58), while freshman Alison Greggory was close behind in 29th (22:00). Senior Bridget Duffy and sophomore Rebecca Palm crossed the finish line in 40th (22:18) and 58th (22:47), respectively, to wrap up the Bears' scoring.

Redshirt sophomore Sean Carey led Cal on the 4K men's course, placing eighth in 12:50, while redshirt freshman Gabriela Rios-Sotelo finished 21st (15:17) to top the Bears' women's team in the 4K race.

Cal returns to action at the Chile Pepper Invitational Oct. 14 in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Men's 8K Team Results: 1. Stanford 42, 2. UC Santa Barbara 56, 3. Chico State 79, 4. California 113, 5. UC Irvine 127, 6. New Mexico 181, 7. Long Beach State 186, 8. Cal State Fullerton 267, 9. Sacramento State 293, 10. CMS 297, plus nine teams.

Top Three Individual Men's 8K Finishers: 1. Neftalem Araia, Stanford 23:31, 2. Scotty Bauhs, Chico State 23:36, 3. Jeremy Johnson, New Mexico 23:40.

Cal Individual Men's 8K Results: 7. David Torrence 23:49, 22. Mark Matusak 24:18, 28. Michael Coe 24:34, 31. Yosef Ghebray 24:38, 34. Steve Sodaro 24:44, 43. Micah Parker 24:57, 48. Chris Chavez 25:01, 51. Matt Miller 25:02, 52. Alex McClary 25:03, 70. Andy McClary 25:21,

Women's 6K Team Results: 1. Stanford 24, 2. UC Irvine 115, 3. Harding 116, 4. Long Beach State 120, 5. California 157, 6. New Mexico 164, 7t. Loyola Marymount 182, 7t. Chico State 182, 9. Navy 184, 10. Cal State Fullerton 194, plus seven teams.

Top Three Individual Women's 6K Finishers: 1. Arianna Lambie, Stanford 20:13, 2. Katy Trotter, Stanford 20:19, 3. Laura Mickelson, Loyola Marymount 20:22.

Cal Individual Women's 6K Results: 13. Rebecca Yau 21:12, 27. Elizabeth Mayeda 21:58, 29. Alison Greggor 22:00, 40. Bridget Duffy 22:18, 58. Rebecca Palm 22:47, 87. Pippa Macdonald 23:33, 90. Mackenzie Pierce 23:35,

Cal Individual Men's 4K Results: 8. Sean Carey 12:50, 13. Francis Gadayan 13:11, 15. Peter Deptula 13:13, 22. Andres Perezchica 13:25.

Cal Individual Women's 4K Results: 21. Gabriela Rios-Sotelo 15:17, 50. Lisa Sandoval 16:31.

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