Cal Women Earn Top 30 National Ranking

Nov. 3, 2009

BERKELEY - On the strength of its fifth-place finish at last week's Pac-10 championships - the best for the program in 21 years - the Cal women's cross country team has entered the national rankings for the first time this season. The Golden Bears are rated 27th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's weekly poll.

In addition, Cal has moved up one spot to fifth in the West Region rankings, the Bears' highest standing of the year.

The West Region features six teams ranked nationally: No. 1 Washington, No. 5 Oregon, No. 14 Stanford, No.16 Arizona State, No. 24 Arizona and No. 27 Cal. At the Pac-10, the Bears finished one spot ahead of Arizona, which was rated 17th entering the meet..

In earning its high finish at Pac-10s, Cal was led by sophomore Deborah Maier, who captured sixth individually, the highest for a Cal runner since Elissa Reidy was also sixth in 1997. Maier completed the 6000-meter course in 20:00.10 and significantly improved on her team-leading 41st-place finish as a freshman last season.

The Bears also received strong performances from freshman Ellie Keene (20th, 20:37.14) and sophomore Keena Kohl (31st, 20:57.30).

Cal next returns to action at the NCAA West Regional Championships Nov. 14 in Springfield, Ore., where the Bears hope to run well enough to secure a bid to the NCAA meet for the first time since 1988.

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