Cal Travels to Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 27, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL TRAVELS TO PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Cal looks to turn in a strong performance at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships Saturday, Nov. 1 on the WSU Golf Course in Pullman, Wash. The day begins with the men's open 8000m at 10 a.m. and is followed by the women's open 6000m at 11 a.m. The men's 8000m championship race is slated for noon, and the competition concludes with the women's 6000m championship race at 1 p.m. Cal hosts the 2004 Pac-10 Championships in Golden Gate Park.

2002 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REVIEW: The Cal men's team placed sixth at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships with 166 points, which was its highest finish since taking fifth in 1999. The Cal women finished the conference meet in eighth with 208 points. Stanford swept the men's and women's team titles with 19 and 23 points, respectively. Oregon was second on the men's side with 51 points, and Arizona State took second for the women. Martin Conrad, who has since graduated, led the Bears in 22nd place (24:44), and Bridget Duffy paced the Cal women in 35th (22:08) as a freshman. Senior Carlos Carballo is Cal's top returner from last year's conference meet, placing 30th in 25:04.

A LOOK AT CAL'S LINEUP: Cal is expected to send its top runners to this year's conference championships. The leaders of the men's squad this season have been redshirt junior Girmay Guangul, senior Carlos Carballo and sophomore Giliat Ghebray. Leading the charge for the Cal women have been Duffy and freshman Christy Borak, who is questionable this week. She was hit by a car while riding her bicycle the week after the Notre Dame Invitational (Oct. 3) and has slowly been working her way back. Juniors Abby Parker and Lindsey Maclise, along with redshirt sophomore Maja Ruznic, are also critical to the Bears' success.

BEARS LEARN FROM PRE-NATIONAL MEET: Competing against a nationally-regarded field, Cal struggled at the NCAA Pre-National Meet on Oct. 18 in Waterloo, Iowa. The Cal men's team finished 22nd in the gold team competition with 503 points, while Colorado claimed top honors with 109 points. Guangul led the Bears by placing 32nd in a time of 24:14 over the 8000m course. The Cal women placed 29th in the purple event without the services of Borak and Parker, who didn't complete the race due to dehydration. BYU took top honors with 86 points. Duffy paced the Bears on the 6000m course in 51st place (21:30).

DUFFY, GUANGUL LEADING THE PACK: Duffy and Guangul have emerged as the leaders of the 2003 Cal cross country program. Duffy, who hails from Oakland, Calif., has paced the Bears in four of five competitions this season and in nine of 10 events since arriving on campus in 2002. Guangul redshirted the 2002 season and has returned rejuvenated this year. The San Jose, Calif., product has been Cal's top finisher in each of his three races in 2003, winning the Strawberry Canyon Challenge Run, grabbing sixth at Notre Dame and crossing in 32nd at Pre-Nationals. Ghebray (Union City, CA) and Carballo (Cathedral City, CA) have finished in the top 15 in four of their five 2003 races.

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