Cal Travels to Roy Griak Invitational, Stanford Invitational

Sept. 20, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL COMPETES AT MINNESOTA, STANFORD: After a two-week break from competition, the California men's and women's cross country teams travel to two meets Saturday, Sept. 25. The majority of Cal runners compete at the Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minneapolis, Minn., while a handful of athletes are entered at the Stanford Invitational in the men's and women's 4000m races beginning at 4:35 p.m. Both events attract more than 1000 runners at the college and high school levels. At the Roy Griak Invite, the Golden Bears are entered in the men's gold 8K race at 11:20 a.m. CT and the women's gold 6K at 12:10 p.m.

A LOOK AT THE GRIAK FIELD: Many of the nation's top teams are entered in the men's and women's collegiate gold races. Represented on the men's side are No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 16 Colorado State and No. 20 Arizona, among others. The women's field includes No. 2 Providence, No. 8 Princeton, No. 13 Columbia, No. 18 Arkansas and No. 19 Arizona State, among others.

BEARS' LINEUPS: The Cal men's lineup at the Griak Invitational is headlined by the season debuts of the Bears' top-two runners - senior Girmay Guangul and Giliat Ghebray - along with Kevin Davis, Ozzie Pina, John Eves, Micah Parker, Chris Chavez, Dan Blomgren, Andres Perezchica and Stephen Pottey. Entered for the Cal women are: Samantha Jones, Amanda Thornberry, Lindsey Maclise, Rebecca Yau, Maja Ruznic, Elizabeth Mayeda, Chloe Jarvis, Brooke Wells and either Whitney Schmucker or Pippa Macdonald. The Stanford group features Randy Fair, Tim Bardet, Wes Davison, Whitney Russell, Lisa Sandoval and Lauren Barbieri.

BEARS TAKE 4TH, 5TH AT FRESNO STATE INVITE: The Cal men finished fourth at the Fresno State Invitational Sept. 11 at Woodward Park with 137 points, while the Bear women placed fifth with 144 points. Cal Poly won the men's competition with 28 points, and UC Santa Barbara took top honors on the women's side with 20 points. Senior Ozzie Pina led the Cal men for the second straight week, finishing 18th in a time of 25:50. Sophomore John Eves, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, was 34th in his Cal debut (26:45). A trio of Cal runners then crossed the finished line within 38 seconds of each other - Micah Parker (38th, 27:07), Dan Blomgren (53rd, 27:39) and Andres Perezchica (55th, 27:45). In the women's division, sophomore Samantha Jones led Cal by placing 15th in 18:31 in her first competition of 2004, while senior Lindsey Maclise crossed in 28th (18:50). Also scoring for the Bears were Elizabeth Mayeda in 39th (19:09), Maja Ruznic in 40th (19:09) and Pippa Macdonald in 47th (19:25).

GUANGUL LOOKS TO END CAREER ON HIGH NOTE: Senior Girmay Guangul will use this week's trip to Minneapolis as a measuring stick as to where he stands against some of the nation's toughest competition. Guangul, who immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia in 1996, competed in the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships as a freshman but a series of injuries have prevented his return to cross country nationals. An integrative biology major, Guangul hopes that 2004-05 is his year to shine in cross country and track and field. The product of San Jose, Calif., set the Cal record in the 10,000 (29:17.78) in 2003, earning a spot at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. The Cal men are in search of their first-ever team trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, while the women look to advance to nationals for the third time (1984: 15th, 1988: 9th).

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