2007 Season in Review
Dec. 6, 2007
BERKELEY - Led by the core group of senior David Torrence and juniors Yosef Ghebray and Mark Matusak, the California men's cross country team had its best season in the history of the program in 2007. The Golden Bears participated as a team in the NCAA championships for the first time in school history. They also reached their highest national ranking of eighth over the course of the campaign.
Torrence, Ghebray and Matusak were all selected to the NCAA All-West region team and the All-Pac-10 team. Ghebray, who paced the Bears at the Pac-10 championships (7th, 23:14) and the NCAA West Regional (8th, 30:14), made the all-conference first team while Torrence and Matusak were named to the second team. Torrence finished first among the Bears in three meets in 2007 and recorded three top-10 finishes. Matusak crossed the finish line in the top 15 three times this season, including an eighth-place showing at the Pac-10 championships, in which he also earned his best time of the year (23:16).
The Cal men finished in the top five in every race except the national championships, in which the Bears finished 16th out of 30 teams. They took second place in the first three competitions of the campaign, including the Stanford Invitational. Cal's fourth-placing showing in the NCAA West Regional tied for the best finish in school history, as the men's team also took fourth in 1989 and 1981.
Senior Rebecca Yau and freshman Chelsea Reilly led the Cal women's cross country team to a strong season in 2007. The two runners led the Bears in five of their six races. Reilly paced Cal at the San Francisco Invitational, the Pac-10 championships and the NCAA West Regional. She took second place at the USF Invitational (18:13) and 28th at the Pac-10 championships (21:02). Yau finished first among the Bears at the Stanford Invitational and the Pre-NCAA meet.
The Bears placed in the top 10 four times, including two second-place finishes. Cal also came in eighth out of 28 teams at the Stanford Invitational and ninth out of 31 teams at the NCAA West Regional.