Men's Cross Country Places Second, Women Sixth at San Francisco State Invitational

Oct. 7, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO - The California men's cross country team received a huge boost with the return of sophomore Girmay Guangul to the lineup Saturday at the San Francisco State Invitational.

Guangul, who missed the first three meets of the season with a sprained ankle, finished fifth overall (25:40.53) and fourth among collegians, in the 8000m course through Golden Gate Park.

As a freshman, Guangul led the Bears in all six of his races and was the only Cal runner to compete at the NCAA Championships.

Senior Nick Martin actually led the Bears with a fourth-place overall finish in 25:30.66. The duo combined to lead Cal to a second-place finish with 57 points. Chico State took top honors with 35 points in the six-team invitational.

The Bears other points came from sophomore Tyler Noesen (19th, 27:00.77) and freshman Greg Jizmagian (20th, 27:01.10). Sophomore Adam Shaffer placed 24th in 27:23.00.

Unattached runner Miguel Nuci finished first in 25:12.54.

On the women's side, Cal finished sixth among nine teams with 185 points. Fresno State won the competition with 34 points.

Sonoma State's Kathy Lenno won the race in 21:41.35.

Junior Lina Biber-Ferro paced Cal on the 6000m course in 28th place, clocking in at 23:53.59. Freshman Erin Donley was the Bears next best runner, finishing 36th (24:22.49). Also scoring for the Bears were freshman Teri Wilson (42nd, 24:47.31), junior Lache Bailey (43rd, 24:48.02) and redshirt freshman Chloe Jarvis (48th, 25:00.40).

Up next for the Bears is the Cal Poly Invitational, Oct. 13.

Team Scores (Men): 1. Chico State 35, Cal 57, 3. CS Stanislaus 71, 4. Sacramento State 92, 5. Whitman College 126, 6. San Francisco State 147.

Team Scores (Women): 1. Fresno State 34, 2. Sonoma State 68, 3. CS Stanislaus 69, 4. Sacramento State 83, 5. Nevada 109, 6. Califordnia 185, 7. Whitman College 189, 8. Chico State 191, 9. San Francisco State 252.

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