Cal Travels to Pac-10 Championships
Oct. 28, 2002
CAL TRAVELS TO PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
After almost a month off from competition, California travels to the Pac-10 Championships Sat., Nov. 2, at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, Calif. The women's 6000-meter race begins at 9:30 a.m., and the men's 8000m follows at 10:30 a.m. UCLA serves as host of this year's meet. Oregon State is the only Pac-10 school which doesn't sponsor men's or women's cross country, while USC only fields a women's team.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD:
Based on the two major cross country national rankings, Stanford is favored to win the 2002 men's and women's Pac-10 team titles. In the Oct. 22 Mondo Top 30 Men's Cross Country Poll, Stanford holds the No. 1 spot, while Oregon is No. 5, and Arizona State is No. 25. In the Finish Lynx Top 30 Women's Poll, Stanford is second, and Arizona State is 17th, followed by UCLA in 19th and Washington in 25th.
BEARS' LINE-UP FOR PAC-10S:
Cal's men's lineup for Pac-10s features in order: senior Martin Conrad, junior Carlos Carballo, freshmen Giliat Ghebray and Kevin Davis, senior John Burke, freshman Eric Roberts and either junior Jon Balzer, senior Craig Lee or freshman Abadir Barre will hold down the final spot. On the women's side, the Bears will travel with their top lineup, as well: freshman Bridget Duffy, sophomores Lindsey Maclise and Abby Parker, redshirt freshman Maja Ruznic, senior Lache Bailey, freshman Sophia Marquez and either freshman Mary Faia or sophomore Katie White.
2001 PAC-10 MEET IN REVIEW:
Cal struggled at last season's conference meet, placing eighth on the men's side with 192 points and ninth in the women's competition with 259. Stanford claimed both the men's (28) and women's (27) crowns. Corey Creasey and Camille Stanley were the Bears' top performers, placing 26th and 45th, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT OCT 5-6...INDIANA STATE AND SF STATE IN REVIEW:
Cal head coach Tony Sandoval is looking forward to this year's Pac-10 meet because his team is healthy and has had since Oct. 6 to prepare for the championship. The Bears performed well at the national-caliber Indiana State Invitational Oct. 5, grabbing ninth out of 20 teams on the men's side and 12th out of 20 on the women's. Carballo and Conrad paced the Bear men in 22nd and 25th place, respectively. Each has led Cal in two meets this season. Duffy, who finished 56th, was the women's top runner for the third competition this year. At the San Francisco State Invitational Oct. 6, Barre (5th) and Faia (36th) stood out for Cal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Martin Conrad has led a hectic lifestyle as a student-athlete at Cal. In addition to his commitments with the Cal cross country and track and field teams, he is in his fourth year on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. His brother, Jeremy, is a freshman on the Air Force ROTC at M.I.T. Their father, Allen, served in the Navy for 20 years, and their paternal (Marines) and maternal (Navy) grandfathers had stints during World War II.