Cal Men Take Third at Pre-NCAA Meet

Oct. 13, 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The California men's cross country team took third with 157 points Saturday at the Pre-NCAA meet held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. Four Golden Bears from the men's team finished in the top 30. The Cal women finished 30th with 792 points.

'We were pleased with both sides today,' head coach Tony Sandoval said. 'Our men's team made a statement today that they are not a team of potential but a force to be reckoned with. Our women ran hard and showed well. Our younger runners got some good experience.'

Northern Arizona won the men's 8K team crown with 124 points. Iona took second (136 points), followed Cal, Virginia (203) and Alabama (207).

Senior David Torrence paced the Bears, taking 16th place with a time of 23:39. The other three top runners were sophomore Michael Coe and juniors Mark Matusak and Yosef Ghebray. Coe took 17th, touring the course in 23:40. Ghebray and Matusak finished in 23rd and 27th, respectively.

Lopez Lomong (Northern Arizona) and Robert Curtis (Villanova) finished first and second, respectively, in 23:02 and 23:09.

Stanford won the women's 6K title with 102 points, while Florida State was second with 123 points and Michigan State was third with 178 points.

Senior Rebecca Yau led the Bears by placing 83rd in a time of 21:31. Cal freshman Chelsea Reilly took 139th place (22:07).

Florida State's Susan Kuijken claimed the individual 6K title in a time of 19:56, with Teresa McWalters from Stanford following in second at 20:01.

Cal has next week off as it prepares for the Pac-10 championships on Oct. 27.

Men's Team 8K Scoring (38 teams): 1. Northern Arizona 124, 2. Iona 136, 3. California 157, 4. Virginia 203, 5. Alabama 207, plus 33 teams.

Men's Top Three 8K Finishers: 1. Lopez Lomong (Northern Arizona) 23:02, 2. Robert Curtis (Villanova) 23:09, 3. Emmanuel Bor (Alabama) 23:18.

Cal's 8K Men's Results: 16. David Torrence 23:39, 17. Michael Coe 23:40, 23. Yosef Ghebray 23:49, 27. Mark Matusak 23:53, 74. Kari Karlsson 24:21, 139. Chris Chavez 24:55, 232. Matt Miller 26:17.

Women's Team 6K Scoring (38 teams): 1. Stanford 102, 2. Florida State 123, 3. Michigan State 178, 4. Minnesota 192, 5. Georgetown 210, plus 33 teams.

Women's Top Three 6K Finishers: 1. Susan Kuijken (Florida State) 19:56, 2. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 20:01, 3. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 20:02.

Cal's 6K Women's Results: 83. Rebecca Yau 21:31, 139. Chelsea Reilly 22:07, 171. Gabriela Rios-Sotelo 22:29, 198. Taylor Bryson 22:54, 201. Rowena Tam 22:56, 221. Pippa Macdonald 23:18, 229. Alison Greggor 23:30.

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