Guangal Qualifies to NCAA Championships

Nov. 13, 2000

NEXT WEEK: 	Mon., Nov. 20 	at NCAA Championships	Ames, Iowa	11:00 a.m.

GUANGAL QUALIFIES FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:Girmay Guangal wil be representing Cal at the NCAA Championships on Monday, November 20 in Ames, Iowa. He was the top freshmen finisher at Regionals and was an automatic individual qualifier for the NCAA Championships. With Guangal's ninth-place finish, he is the highest finishing freshman at Regionals in Cal's history. Guangal is also the top finisher for Cal since Peter Gilmore's sixth-place finish in 1997. He demonstrated outstanding poise and courage in his second 10K race while qualifying to Ames for next Monday's race. At such a young age in his long-distance running career, Guangal's future is getting brighter as his list of accomplishments grows longer. With Asmeron returning in the spring to train and race with Guangal, Cal's men's team can only increase the level of its intensity and presence. It also raises hopes of a nationally-qualifying men's team next fall with Asmeron and Guangal giving a one - two punch in big meets.

2000 REGIONALS IN REVIEW:The Cal men's cross-country team ran an impressive last race at the NCAA Regionals at Woodward Park on Saturday, November 11. Cal finished 10th, with 259 points, with 21 teams total running the course. Again, Guangal led the Bears with a fabulous ninth-place finish with a time of 31:11. Guangal's time was only 29 seconds behind the two leaders, Jonathon P. M. Riley from Stanford and Jason R. Hartmann from Oregon. Also contributing points to the Bears' score was junior Corey Creasey (46th, 32:10), Martin Conrad (68th, 32:39), Chris Coffee (69th, 32:43) and John Collin (80th, 33:15).

The four women sent to represent Cal ran a strong race as well. Leading the women Bears was Erin Belger with a time of 22:31 (71st). Following Belger were Marielle Schlueter (97th, 22:58), Kim Ramirez (104th, 23:02) and Camille Stanley (115th, 23:17). Stanford won the team competition with 58 points while Lisa Aquilera from ASU won the individual competition with a time of 20:25.

2000 California Men's and Women's Cross Country ScheduleDate	   Event	                Site	            Time/ResultsSept. 2	   @ Hornet Harrier Classic	Sacramento, CA 	    Men: 2nd (61), Women: 5th (129)Sept. 11   @ Fresno State Invitational	Fresno, CA	    Men: 3rd (68), Women: 8th (184)Sept. 23   @ Aggie Invitational	        Davis, CA	    Men: 3rd (77), Women: 17th (423)Sept. 30   @ Stanford Invitational	Stanford, CA	    Men: 4th (147), Women: 14th (365)Oct.  7	   @ SF State Invitational	San Francisco, CA   Men: -- (--), Women: 7th (173)Oct.  14   @ Cal Poly Invitational	San Luis Obispo, CA Men: 2nd (50), Women: 4th (117).Oct.  28   @ Pac-10 Championship	Seattle, WA	    Men: 8th (195), Women: 8th (254)Nov.  11   @ NCAA Pacific Regional 	Fresno, CA	    Men: 10th (259), Women (Individuals)Nov.  20   @ NCAA Championship	        Ames, IA	    11:00 a.m.
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