Bears Head Inland For Sacramento State Jamboree This Week

Sept. 10, 2008

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This Week
California continues the 2008 season at the Sacramento State Hornet JamboreeSaturday, Sept. 13, at Granite Regional Park in Sacramento. The men's fourmilerun starts at 9:00 a.m., followed by the women's 5K event at 9:45 a.m.Both the men and the women hope to carry their momentum from the San FranciscoInvitational two weeks ago into this competition.

Last Time Out
The Cal women took top honors while the men took third at the USF Invitational on Aug.30 at Golden Gate Park to open the 2008 season. The Cal men finished with 105 pointsand the Cal women finished with 52 points.
In the women's competition, the Bears placed three runners in the top 10. Junior GabrielaRios-Sotelo placed third (18:06) on the 5K course, while freshman Keena Kohl tookeighth (18:24). Senior Rebecca Palm finished ninth (18:31).
Senior Matt Miller paced the Cal men by placing third (25:37). Freshman Nate Beachalso grabbed a top-10 placing, touring the course in 25:47.

The Bears' Lineup
Cal's lineup for the women's race features Herdis Arnalds, Taylor Dutch, AraceliHuerta, Michelle Davis, Hayley Huxtable, Francesca Weems and Rebecca Palm.The runners for the Bears' men's team are Dan Brown, Sean Carey, Francis Gadayan,Eric Lee, Patrick Lynch and Brad Surh.

Ghebray, Matusak Lead Cal Men
The veteran leaders for the Bears' men's team this season will be seniors YosefGhebray and Mark Matusak. In 2007, Ghebray and Matusak were selectedNCAA All-West Region and All-Pac-10. Ghebray, who paced the Bears at the Pac-10Championships (7th, 23:14) and the NCAA West Regional (8th, 30:14), made the allconferencefirst team while Matusak was named to the second team. Matusak crossedthe finish line in the top 15 three times last season, including an eighth-place showingat the Pac-10 Championships in which he also earned his best time of the year (23:16).

Tam and Greggor Lead Cal Women
Head Coach Tony Sandoval looks toward sophomore Rowena Tam and junior AlisonGreggor to pave the way for the Cal women in 2008. Last year, Tam was a regionalqualifier during the 2008 track and field season, and Sandoval is hoping she can carrythat momentum into the cross country campaign. In cross country, she clocked a time of21:43 at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships. Sandoval also sees Greggor as somebody whois ready to have a breakout campaign. Greggor was the top 5000-meter runner in 2008 intrack and field for Cal and that should translate into an outstanding cross country season.

Next Time
Cal has next week off before it heads down to The Farm for the Stanford Invitational Saturday,Sept. 27, at 10:50 a.m. The Stanford Invitational is where head coach Tony Sandoval willdebut his core returning runners from 2007 like seniors Mark Matusak and Yosef Ghebray,and junior Michael Coe.

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