Sandoval Named Top Men's Distance Coach in West

June 5, 2007

BERKELEY - The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named California assistant coach Tony Sandoval as the top men's distance coach in the West Region. Sandoval has coached three Cal men - seniors Kevin Davis (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Giliat Ghebray (5,000-meter run) and junior David Torrence (1,500-meter run) - to the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, which begin tomorrow in Sacramento.

The USTFCCCA lauded Sandoval as part of a feature honoring the top Division I track and field assistant coaches in the four regions - East, Mideast, Midwest and West - of the country. Sandoval, who is also the head coach of the Golden Bears men's and women's cross country teams, guided the three Bears to spectacular performances in 2007.

Torrence, who had previously competed for the track and field team as a freshman in 2004, has the fourth-fastest time in the 1,500 field, with a 3:40.42, at the national meet. He also broke Don Bowden's long-standing school record in the mile when he ran a 3:58.62 on April 28 at the California Collegiate Challenge. Bowden ran a 3:58.70, making him the first American to run a sub-four minute mile, on June 1, 1957.

Davis has the eighth-fastest time in the steeplechase at nationals with a lifetime-best 8:40.52. That time also ranks Davis second on Cal's all-time list. He ran an 8:43.98 in the steeplechase to take second at the recent NCAA West Regional.

Ghebray's lifetime-best 13:42.16, which ranks him third at Cal all time, is the fourth-fastest 5,000 time in the NCAA field. Ghebray, who was an All-American in the 5,000 last season, also moved into second place on Cal's all-time list for the 3,000 when he ran a 7:56.51 during this year's indoor season.

The Bears are competing at the NCAA Championships this Wednesday through Saturday, June 6-9, at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State.

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