Cal Heads to Stanford Invitational Saturday

Sept. 22, 2009

THIS WEEK
Saturday, Sept. 26
at Stanford Invitational
Stanford, Calif.
10:50 a.m.

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CAL STAYS IN BAY AREA WITH VIST TO STANFORD INVITATIONAL: After a week off from competition, Cal will face its strongest field to date when the Golden Bears run in the Stanford Invitational Saturday morning. Both the men's and women's squad have secured top 3 finishes at the USF Invitational and Sacramento State Jamboree to open the season. Now, Cal will put its best runners to the test against several highly rated squads, including Stanford, which is ranked No. 3 in the men's poll and No. 6 in the women's, and Cal Poly's 21st-rated men's team. Cal is just one point out of the Top 30 men's rankings.

Last year, the Bear men were second to Stanford, while the women were fourth among 33 teams. Kari Karlsson is the men's team's top returning runner after taking 15th as an individual. Keena Kohl paced the women's squad with her 23rd-place finish in 2008.

BEARS STAY STRONG AT SAC STATE MEET: In Cal's last competition, the Bears had a pair of top-three finishes at the Sacramento State Jamboree Sept. 12. The women matched their result at the opening USF Invitational with a second-place showing, and the men were third overall. Hillary Hayes led four women among the top 10 by crossing the line in fourth place, while Steve Sodaro came in third for the men.

GOLDEN DEBUTS: Six Cal runners - five men and one woman - made their Golden Bear debuts at the USF Invitational Sept. 5. Collin Jarvis had the biggest splash, finishing at the top collegiate runner in 25:02.60. Brothers Cody and Simon Schmidt, who were seventh and 10th, respectively, also placed in the Top 10. In addition, Matt Petersen was 16th and redshirt-freshman James Attarian was 24th.For the women, Nicole Hough claimed seventh place overall - third among Cal runners - with a time of 18:35.70 over the 5K distance.

GOLDEN BEAR NOTES: The Cal men have reached the NCAA championships the past two years, finishing a program-best 16th in 2007, as well as 22nd in 2008 ... the Bears welcome two highly decorated transfers this fall in James Brewer (University of Bath in England), who was a semifinalist in the 1500 meters at the World Track & Field Championships over the summer, and Chris Vizcaino of nearby Lafayette, Calif., who helped Iona to a runner-up finish at the 2008 NCAA championships ... senior Alison Greggor qualified for the NCAA track meet in the 10,000 meters last spring ... head coach Tony Sandoval has announced that Brewer will redshirt this fall following a busy summer season ... both Vizcaino and Greggor are expected to make their '09 debut at the Stanford Invitational.

HEAD COACH Tony Sandoval: Tony Sandoval is in his 18th season as head coach of the Cal men's and women's cross country teams and his 28th year overall at the university. Also in his third year as head men's and women's track & field coach, Sandoval was the head women's track & field and cross country coach at Cal from 1982-91, prior to the merger of the men's and women's programs into a single entity in 1992. Over the past two years, he has guided the Golden Bear men's cross country team to its best finishes in school history, claiming 15th place at the NCAA championship meet in 2007 and coming in 22nd place last fall. A combined eight men's and women's runners have gained All-American status under his guidance, including Yosef Ghebray, who became just the third Cal male ever to earn cross country recognition last year. Among the women who have benefited from his coaching are Magdalena Lewy, a U.S. Olympian in the marathon in 2008, and Alysia Johnson, the U.S. champion in the 800 meters in 2007. The Bear women finished 15th at the 1984 NCAA meet, then returned in 1988 to take ninth place.

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