Duffy Leads Bears at Pac-10 Championships

Nov. 1, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cal men's cross country team finished eighth with 192 points, and the women's team placed ninth with 202 points at the Pac-10 Championships Saturday at Washington State's Golf Course.

Stanford swept both team competitions with the Cardinal men posting 23 points and the women tallying 22 points. Oregon's men (91 points) and Arizona State's women (78) were runner-ups.

The Cardinal's Ian Dobson and Grant Robison placed first (24:33.90) and second (24:35.50), respectively, in the men's race. Stanford women swept the top three spots with Sara Bei (21:12.10) repeating as champion by holding off Alicia Craig (21:12.20).

Sophomore Bridget Duffy had the Cal women's best finish in five years, placing 13th in a time of 22:15.70 on the 6,000m course. The Oakland, Calif., product improved on her freshman year conference showing of 35th, which was also the Bears' top result in 2002. Junior Abby Parker was the Bears' next best runner in 41st (23:47.00), followed by freshman Eva Markiewicz in 50th (24:13.30).

The Cal women were without the services of two of their top runners - Christy Borak and Maja Ruznic - due to injuries.

Leading the way for the Cal men was junior Girmay Guangul who took 28th place in a time of 25:56.90 on the men's 8,000m course. Bears sophomore Giliat Ghebray and freshman David Torrence followed Guangul in 39th (26:14.80) and 44th place (26:28.60), respectively.

Cal will spend the next two weeks preparing for the NCAA Western Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15 in Portland, Ore.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships
Washington State Golf Course

Men's Team Scores (8 teams): 1. Stanford 23, 2. Oregon 91, 3. Washington 93, 4. Arizona 109, 5. Arizona State 112, 6. Washington State 136, 7. UCLA 150, 8. California 192.

Women's Team Scores (9 teams): 1. Stanford 22, 2. Arizona State 78, 3. UCLA 79, 4. Washington 123, 5. Oregon 161, 6. Arizona 179, 7. USC 185, 8. Washington State 187, 9. California 202.

Cal Men's Individual Results: 28. Girmay Guangul 25:56.90, 39. Giliat Ghebray 26:14.80, 44. David Torrence 26:28.60, 45. Carlos Carballo 26:28.90, 55. Ozzie Pina 26:49.40, 59. Jonathan Balzer 27:10.80, 66. Abadir Barre 27:44.70, 71. Kevin Davis 28:12.40, 72. Eric Roberts 28:12.60.

Cal Women's Individual Results: 13. Bridget Duffy 22:15.70, 41. Abby Parker 23:47.00, 50. Eva Markiewicz 24:13.30, 57. Elizabeth Mayeda 24:40.00, 58. Samantha Jones 24:41.90, 66. Lindsey Maclise 25:11.10, 67. Pippa Macdonald 25:11.70, 80. Lisa Sandoval 28:16.80.

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