Cal Men Takes Second at Stanford Invitational

Sept. 27, 2008

STANFORD - The California men's cross country team took second with 87 points Saturday at the 35th-annual Stanford Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course. Highlighting Cal's strong finish was senior Yosef Ghebray, who placed sixth at 24:28. He was one of three runners from the men's team to finish in the top 15. The Golden Bear women finished fourth with 191 points.

Stanford won the men's 8K team crown with 39 points. Following the Bears, Arkansas placed third with 103 points, Chico State took fourth (122) and UC Santa Barbara came in fifth (142). This was the second year in a row that the Cal men took second.

After Ghebray, the other two top runners were senior Mark Matusak and sophomore Kari Karlsson. Matusak took seventh, touring the course in 24:30. Karlsson crossed the finish line at 24:55, taking 15th overall. Senior Matt Kelley Miller recorded a top-25 finish, clocking a time of 25:15 (22nd).

Scott Bauhs (Chico State) and Aron Rono (Azusa Pacific) finished first and second, respectively, in 23:45 and 23:53.

Stanford won the women's 6K title with 43 points, while UC Davis was second with 122 points and Azusa Pacific was third with 183.

Freshman Keena Kohl led the Bears by placing 23rd in a time of 22:05 on the 6K course. Gabriela Rios-Sotelo wasn't very far behind, coming in 26th at 22:09.

UC Irvine's Laura Olvera claimed the individual 6K title in a time of 20:42, with Jacky Kipwambok from Azusa Pacific following in second at 20:50.

Cal returns to action Oct. 18 when the Bears will be participating in two meets - the Pre-NCAA meet and the Bronco Classic. The Pre-NCAA meet is a good preview of the competition that Cal expects to see at the NCAA regionals and the national championships.

Stanford Invitational
Men's Team 8K Scoring (28 teams)
: 1. Stanford 39, 2. California 87, 3. Arkansas 103

Men's Top Three 8K Finishers: 1. Scott Bauhs (Chico State) 23:45, 2. Aron Rono (Azusa Pacific) 23:53, 3. Chris Derrick (Stanford) 24:18.

Cal's 8K Men's Results: 6. Yosef Ghebray 24:28, 7. Mark Matusak 24:30, 15. Kari Karlsson 24:55, 22. Matt Kelley Miller 25:15, 37. Matt Hansdavid Miller 25:39, 43. Steve Sodaro 25:48, 53. Eric Lee 25:57

Women's Team 6K Scoring (33 teams): 1. Stanford 43, 2. UC Davis 122, 3. Azusa Pacific 183, 4. California 191

Women's Top Three 6K Finishers: 1. Laura Olvera (UC Irvine) 20:42, 2. Jacky Kipwambok (Azusa Pacific) 20:50, 3. Kim Conley (UC Davis) 21:12

Cal's 6K Women's Results: 23. Keena Kohl 22:05, 26. Gabriela Rios-Sotelo 22:09, 40. Debra Maier 22:31, 49. Rebecca Palm 22:42, 53. Rowena Tam 22:46, 57. Crystal Esparza 22:52, 68. Taylor Dutch 23:04

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