Cal Sweeps Saint Mary's in Berkeley Firetrail Challenge

Sept. 6, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. - The California men's and women's cross country teams easily defeated Saint Mary's in the second-annual Berkeley Firetrail Challenge Saturday morning.

'I'm very pleased with how we did,' said Cal head coach Tony Sandoval. 'Despite it being early in the season, everyone ran hard and tried not to be too conservative. I'm happy that there were two course records.

'We want people to fight to be No. 1 or No. 2 on our team. We don't want there to be a pecking order. The competitiveness on both squads was apparent today.'

Sophomore Bridget Duffy repeated as champion with a new course record, leading the Golden Bears to a 15 to 50 win over the Gaels in the roughly three-mile race. Duffy's time of 16:02 bettered her previous course record of 16:33, set at the 2002 Berkeley Firetrail Challenge, and was 19 seconds faster than freshman teammate Christy Borak (16:21).

'I felt good on the course, a lot better than last year,' said Duffy, who has led Cal in six of seven races she has competed in dating back to last season. 'It was nice to have all my teammates running together for the first mile. The four of us took off after the hill, and I picked it up from there. I feel a lot more fit and in better shape (this year). It's exciting to have so many people on the women's team and to have seven of us cross before anyone else.'

Cal claimed the top seven spots, with junior Abby Parker third (16:39), followed by redshirt sophomore Maja Ruznic (16:43) and freshman Samantha Jones (17:00). Freshmen Pippa MacDonald's and Eva Markiewicz's sixth (17:02) and seventh-place (17:12) showings, respectively, didn't score for the Bears but lowered Saint Mary's first counting spot. Allegra Porter led the Gaels by taking eighth in 17:26.

In the men's four-mile race, nine Cal runners crossed the finish line before anyone from Saint Mary's did to post a 15-50 team triumph for the Bears. Redshirt junior Girmay Guangul claimed top honors in a course-record time of 19:57. Cal graduate Martin Conrad set the previous record of 20:13 at last year's challenge against San Jose State.

Also scoring for the Bears were senior Carlos Carballo in second (20:23), followed by sophomores Kevin Davis (20:34), Giliat Ghebray (20:35) and Abadir Barre (20:45). Bumping the Gaels' first scoring position to eighth were junior Ozzie Pina, who placed sixth (20:49) and senior Jonathan Balzer who took seventh (20:56).

Andrew Parsel led Saint Mary's with a 10th-place showing with a time of 21:29.

Cal takes next week off before traveling to the Aggie Invitational in Davis on Sept. 20.

Berkeley Firetrail Challenge

Women's Team Scores: Cal 15, Saint Mary's 50

Men's Team Scores: Cal 15, Saint Mary's 50

Women's Individual Results: 1. Bridget Duffy (Cal) 16:02*, 2. Christy Borak (Cal) 16:21, 3. Abby Parker (Cal) 16:39, 4. Maja Ruznic (Cal) 16:43, 5. Samantha Jones (Cal) 17:00, 6. Pippa MacDonald (Cal) 17:02, 7. Eva Markiewicz (Cal) 17:12, 8. Allegra Porter (Saint Mary's) 17:26, 9. Strada Morris (Saint Mary's) 18:01, 10. Elizabeth Mayeda (Cal) 18:18, 11.Bethany DeMore (Saint Mary's) 18:28, 12. Ashley Viens (Saint Mary's) 18:37, 13. Emily Van Buskirk (Saint Mary's) 18:44, 14. Lisa Sandoval (Cal) 19:06, 15. Kristen Hurst (Saint Mary's) 19:07, 16. Natalie Davila (Cal) 19:47, 17. Jacqui Powell (Saint Mary's) 19:50, 18. Megan Peterson (Saint Mary's) 20:18, 19. Jennifer Foster (Saint Mary's) 20:34, 20. Laura Hautala (Saint Mary's) 20:42, 21. Lauren Barbieri (Cal) 21:06, 22. Jamee Thomson (Saint Mary's) 21:18, 23. Claudia Aguilar (Saint Mary's) 21:53.

Men's Individual Results: 1. Girmay Guangul (Cal) 19:57*, 2. Carlos Carballo (Cal) 20:23, 3. Kevin Davis (Cal) 20:34, 4. Giliat Ghebray (Cal) 20:35, 5. Abadir Barre (Cal) 20:45, 6. Ozzie Pina (Cal) 20:49, 7. Jonathan Balzer (Cal) 20:56, 8. Eric Roberts (Cal) 21:10, 9. Trevor Uyemura (Cal) 21:23, 10. Andrew Parsel (Saint Mary's) 21:29, 11. Tom Allen (Cal) 21:56, 12. Casey Chadd (Saint Mary's) 22:41, 13. Sean Hanley (Saint Mary's) 23:38, 14. Anthony Holder (Saint Mary's) 23:45, 15. Peter Stemp (Saint Mary's) 23:46, 16. Travis Biziorek (Saint Mary's) 24:35, 17. Gabriel Ramos (Saint Mary's) 25:00, 18. Blair Howard (Saint Mary's) 25:25, 19. Ronnie Willet (Saint Mary's) 27:38, 20. Brian McCarthy (Saint Mary's) 28:23.

*course record

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