Cal Travels to Notre Dame and San Francisco State Invitationals

Sept. 29, 2003


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Fri., Oct. 3 	at Notre Dame Invitational	South Bend, IN 		4:15 p.m. CTSat., Oct. 4	at San Francisco State Invitational San Francisco, CA	9:00 a.m. PT

CAL COMPETES AT NOTRE DAME, SF STATE: California's best men's and women's runners travel to the 48th-annual Notre Dame Invitational Friday, Oct. 3, in South Bend, Ind., at the Burke Memorial Golf Course. The women's 5000m begins at 4:15 p.m. CT, while the men's five-mile competition is at 5 p.m. The Bears also will send some athletes to the San Francisco State Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: The Notre Dame Invite has attracted some nationally ranked teams. The women's field includes No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 6 Wake Forest, No. 16 Duke, No. 22 Penn State and No. 30 Washington. On the men's side, No. 9 Central Michigan headlines the field, followed by No. 10 Eastern Michigan, No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 27 Duke. Notre Dame (women) and Stanford (men) claimed the team titles in 2002.

BEAR WOMEN WIN 4000M RACE AT STANFORD: The Cal women won the Stanford Invitational 4000m team title over the host Cardinal, 32-36. Sophomore Bridget Duffy led Cal with a fifth-place finish (14:29). Overall, six Bears placed in the top 15. Freshman Christy Borak took sixth (14:35), junior Abby Parker was seventh (14:55), junior Lindsey Maclise was 10th (15:01), redshirt sophomore Maja Ruznic was 11th (15:05) and freshman Samantha Jones crossed in 15th (15:11).

CAL MEN TAKE THIRD AT STANFORD: The Cal men also had a strong showing at the Stanford Invitational, finishing third with 81 points in the 4000m team competition. Stanford swept the first five spots and seven of the first nine positions, on its way to a 15-49 victory over second-place UCLA. Sophomore Giliat Ghebray was the Bears' top harrier in 11th (12:23), followed by sophomore Kevin Davis (18th, 12:30) and freshman David Torrence (19th, 12:30).

SOPHOMORE SENSATIONS: Sophomores Bridget Duffy and Giliat Ghebray have been impressive in 2003. Duffy has turned heads since she arrived on campus in 2002. The Oakland, Calif., native has led Cal in two of three races she has entered this season and in seven of eight competitions during her collegiate career. This season, Duffy owns three top five performances, including defending her title in the Strawberry Canyon Challenge Run. Last season, Ghebray was a fixture in the Bears' lineup but didn't pace the team in any event, but in 2003, he has emerged a leader. The Union City, Calif., product has held top team honors in two of three meets, placing first (Maximum Results Invite) and 11th (Stanford). Ghebray also grabbed fourth in the Strawberry Canyon Challenge Run, while junior Girmay Guangul claimed the title.

DID YOU KNOW?: Freshman Pippa Macdonald's father, Duncan Macdonald, was a miler at Stanford, a former U.S. national champion and American record holder in the 5000m, and a 1976 Olympian. Junior Abby Parker's uncle, Ian Turner, competed for Cal in crew and won an Olympic gold medal in 1948.

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