Cross Country Travels to Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 24, 2001

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CAL COMPETES AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
After a two-week break, the California cross country teams travel to the Pac-10 Championships, Sat., Oct. 27, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The conference meet, which is hosted by Arizona State, takes place at the Pavilion Lakes Golf Course. An open race for both men and women (non-scored) will be held at 8:30 a.m. The championship races begin at 10 a.m. with the men's 8000-meter, followed by the women's 6000-meter competition at 11 a.m. This year marks the 33rd-annual race for the men and 16th annual for the women.

THE PAC-10 FIELD:
Eight Pac-10 schools sponsor both men's and women's cross country, while USC only sponsors a women's team. Oregon State doesn't sponsor either. Stanford's women's team has won five straight Pac-10 titles, while the Cardinal men have captured four of the last five crowns, including the 200 title.

2000 PAC-10 MEET IN REVIEW
Last season, Cal struggled to an eighth-place finish with 195 points in the men's race but were only five points behind seventh-place Washington (190). Freshman Girmay Guangul led the way for the Bears, finishing 20th (24:25). Stanford won with 51 points. On the women's side, Cal placed ninth with 254 points, and Stanford took top honors with 51. Junior Erin Belger paced the Bears in 41st (22:34).

CAL'S 2001 PAC-10 LINEUP:
Representing the Cal men are Guangul, Corey Creasey, Martin Conrad, John Collin, Jonathan Balzer, Nick Martin and John Burke. Competing for the Cal women are Belger, Camille Stanley, Lindsey Maclise, Abby Parker, Erin Donley, Katie White and Eva Shu.

CAL'S 2001 PAC-10 OUTLOOK:
Belger has led Cal in all four meets she has competed in this year and is expected to be the Bears top runner this weekend. Guangul has only raced in two meets this year due to an ankle sprain and a sore knee, but he is slated as Cal's top runner. Although, Creasey or Conrad could lead the Bears charge, as well.

LAST TIME OUT FOR CAL MEN:
The Cal men's cross country team finished second at the Cal Poly Invitational Oct. 8 with 93 points. Host Cal Poly won the competition with 48 points. Creasey led the way for the Cal men, finishing seventh in 27:08.3. Carlos Carballo was the Bears next fastest runner, clocking in at 27:45.9 in 14th place. Cal Poly's David Jackson won the men's race in 26:14.6.

LAST TIME OUT FOR CAL WOMEN:
The Bear women placed seventh with 175 points at the Cal Poly Invitational, while Cal Poly won with 43 points. Leading the way for the Bear women was Belger, finishing 23rd in 19:41.4. Stanley was the next Bear runner to cross the finish line in 31st (19:59.9). Kareen Nilsson, an unattached runner, won the women's race in 17:39.4.

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