Duffy Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Nov. 15, 2003

GRESHAM, Ore. - California sophomore Bridget Duffy finished eighth at the NCAA West Regional to qualify for her first NCAA Championship Nov. 24 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Oakland product clocked a time of 20:46 over the 6000m course at Blue Lake Park to become the first Golden Bear woman to qualify for nationals since Elissa Riedy did so in 1997 and 1998.

The Cal women finished 10th as a team with 308 points, only 18 points behind Arizona and Oregon at 290. Stanford took top honors with 45 points, and UCLA was second with 69.

The Cardinal's Alicia Craig won the individual race in 20:06. After Duffy, junior Abby Parker was the Bears' next best runner in 43rd (21:53).

The Cal men also placed 10th as a team with 257 points. Stanford claimed the men's team trophy, as well, with 18 points with Ian Dobson (29:32) and Ryan Hall (29:33) grabbing first and second, respectively.

Junior Girmay Guangul paced the Bears in 25th place (30:23) over the 8000m course, and senior Carlos Carballo wasn't far behind in 27th (30:25).

NCAA West Regional

Women's Team Scores (31 teams): 1. Stanford 45, 2. UCLA 69, 3. Washington 94, 4. Arizona State 112, 5. UC Santa Barbara 175, 10. Cal 308.

Men's Team Scores (26 teams): 1. Stanford 18, 2. Cal Polytechnic 110, 3. Arizona 132, 4. Washington 162, 5. Oregon 164, 10. Cal 257.

Cal Women's Individual Results: 8. Bridget Duffy 20:46, 43. Abby Parker 21:53, 58. Christy Borak 22:11, 99. Eva Markeiwicz 22:53, 109. Samantha Jones 23:02, 130. Pippa Macdonald 23:21, 145. Elizabeth Mayeda 23:34.

Cal Men's Individual Results: 25. Girmay Guangul 30:23, 27. Carlos Carballo 30:25, 55. Giliat Ghebray 31:04, 73. Davis Torrence 31:36, 77. Ozzie Pena 31:43, 94. Johnathon Balzer 32:11, 139. Tom Allen 33:31.

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