Cal Gets Set For Stanford Invitational

Sept. 25, 2007

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CAL CONTINUES SEASON AT STANFORD INVITATIONAL:
After nearly a month off, the California cross country teams competes at the Stanford Invitational Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Stanford Golf Course. The men's 8K race starts at 4:15 p.m., followed by the women's 6K event at 4:48 p.m. Cal also has several competitors entered in the women's and men's 4K races at 5:22 p.m. and 5:42 p.m., respectively.

LAST YEAR AT THE STANFORD INVITATIONAL:
Last year, the Cal men took fourth in the event and had two runners finish in the top 25. David Torrence led the Cal men in seventh place (23:49), and Mark Matusak took 23rd, clocking in at 24:18. The women's team took fifth and had three runners place in the top 30. Rebecca Yau took 13th (21:12), Elizabeth Mayeda clocked in for 27th (21:58) and Alison Greggor finished in 29th (22:00).

A LOOK AT THE BEARS' LINEUP:
Cal's lineup for the women's 6K features Rebecca Yau, Gabriela Rios-Sotelo, Pippa Macdonald, Mackenzie Pierce, Chelsea Reilly, Rebecca Palm, MayC Huang and Araceli Huerta. The Bears' men's team's top runners include David Torrence, Mark Matusak, Yosef Ghebray, Chris Chavez, Michael Coe, Eric Lee, Matt Miller, Dawit Tesfasilassie, Phil McKennan, Austin Jett, Johnny Cheng and Patrick Lynch.

CAL TAKES SECOND AT USF INVITATIONAL:
The men's and women's teams both took second in the San Francisco Invitational Sept. 1 at Golden Gate Park to open the 2007 season. The Golden Bear women placed three runners in the top 10. Freshman Chelsea Reilly placed second (18:13.60) on the 5K course, while senior Rebecca Yau took fourth (18:23.50). Junior Rebecca Palm finished eighth (18:40.70). Freshman Johnny Cheng paced the Cal men by placing fourth (26:21.80). Two other freshmen for the Bears grabbed top-10 placings. Austin Jett posted an eighth-place showing (26:31.30), while Patrick Lynch took 10th (26:32.50).

MATUSAK, TORRENCE PACE CAL MEN:
Senior David Torrence (Tarzana, Calif.) and Mark Matusak (Torrance, Calif.), the 2005 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, are likely Cal's one-two punch again in 2007. Torrence represented Cal in the 2006 NCAA Championships and earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors and All-West region honors. Matusak was the top freshman at the 2005 Pac-10 meet, placing 17th (24:56). Matusak notched two top-25 finishes in 2006. Torrence and Matusak finished first and second, respectively, among Cal runners for each race they both competed in last season.

YAU LEADS BEAR WOMEN: Senior Rebecca Yau (Orinda, Calif.) is expected to lead the Cal women this season. Yau paced the Bears in all but one competition last season. She led the team at the NCAA West Regional with a 33rd-place (22:24.69) showing. Beginning with her second-place finish in the Aggie Open, Yau paced Cal in every race for the rest of the season.

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