Bears Prepare For NCAA West Regional

Nov. 6, 2007

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CAL HEADS TO NCAA WEST REGIONAL: The California cross country teams gear up this week for the NCAA West Regional Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Springfield Country Club on the campus of the University of Oregon. The men's race starts at 11 a.m., followed by the women's 6K race at 12:15 p.m. Cal will compete at one of the nine host sites across the nation that automatically advances the top two team finishers and top four individuals from non-qualifying teams to the NCAA championships. Another 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals will be added from across the nation to the 31-team, 255-runner men's and women's NCAA fields on Nov. 11.

THE BEAR'S LINEUP: The Golden Bears' lineup for the women's 6K features Rebecca Yau, Gabriela Rios-Sotelo, Pippa Macdonald, Chelsea Reilly, Rowena Tam, Taylor Bryson and Alysia Johnson. Cal's 10th-ranked men's team's top runners include David Torrence, Mark Matusak, Kari Karlsson, Yosef Ghebray, Chris Chavez, Michael Coe and Eric Lee.

THE COMPETITION: Oregon is currently No. 1 with 390 points in the men's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) rankings. Following eighth-ranked Stanford, the Bears are next among Pac-10 teams in the rankings, in 10th. UCLA and Arizona State are also in the top 30 from the Pac-10. On the women's side, Stanford is currently ranked No. 1, with Oregon right behind them in second. Arizona State's fifth-place ranking gives the conference three teams in the top five. Washington is currently ranked seventh.

CAL MEN TAKE THIRD AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Cal men tied their all-time best finish in the Pac-10 championships on Oct. 27, taking third for just the second time (2005). The Bears had three runners finish in the top 10, with Yosef Ghebray pacing Cal in seventh. Mark Matusak and David Torrence were the other Bears to finish in the top 10, as Matusak took eighth and Torrence ninth. It was the second straight third-place finish for the Cal men who have now placed in the top three for every race thus far in 2007. The Cal women took eighth in their race. Chelsea Reilly led the Bears, taking 28th overall individually.

LAST YEAR'S WEST REGIONAL: In the 2006 NCAA West Regional, the Cal men took 10th and the Cal women placed 18th. Oregon captured top honors with 69 points, with second-place Stanford earning 88 points. The Cardinal's Neftalem Araia also claimed the individual crown. David Torrence paced the Bears, securing 13th overall, and would later advance to the NCAA championships. On the women's side, Stanford defeated UC Santa Barbara by 30 points to take first and Arianna Lambie from the Cardinal took home the individual title. Rebecca Yau led Cal with her 33rd-place finish.

CAL MEN TAKE FIFTH AT PRE-NCAAS, EARN NO. 8 RANKING: The Cal men reached their highest ranking in school history after finishing third in the blue race and fifth overall at the Pre-NCAA meet on Oct. 13. The Bears, who earned an eighth-place ranking, had four runners finish in the top 30, with David Torrence pacing Cal in 16th. Michael Coe, Mark Matusak and Yosef Ghebray were the other runners to help the Bears achieve their top-10 ranking.

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