Cal Hosts Pac-10 Championships in Golden Gate Park

Oct. 26, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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BEARS HOST PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: California serves as host of the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 30 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the open race, featuring men's and women's runners from conference schools not competing in the championship events. The women's 6K race starts at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by the men's 8K competition at 10:30. An award's ceremony will take place at 11:15 a.m. The start and finish of each race will be in Speedway Meadows east of the Polo Fields. Admission is free to everyone.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: All 10 Pac-10 schools will be represented at the conference championships. USC and Oregon State only field a women's team. The Beavers are in their first cross country season since the program was dropped in 1988. Stanford's men's team is ranked No. 2 nationally in the Oct. 19 MONDO poll, while Arizona State is ninth and Oregon is 28th. Washington, UCLA and Arizona are receiving votes. On the women's side, Stanford is first in the FinishLynx poll, and Arizona State is eighth.

2003 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW: Stanford swept the men's and women's 2003 Pac-10 titles with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Oregon placed second (91), and Washington (93) was third in the men's race. Cal finished eighth (192). ASU took second on the women's side with 78 points, and UCLA was third (79). The Bears placed ninth (202). The Cardinal's Ian Dobson (24:33.90) and Sara Bei (21:12.10) claimed the individual trophies. Sophomore Bridget Duffy recorded the Cal women's best finish in five years, placing 13th in 22:15.70. Abby Parker was the Bears' next best runner in 41st (23:47.00), followed by Eva Markiewicz in 50th (24:13.30). Leading the way for the Cal men was Girmay Guangul who took 28th place in a time of 25:56.90. Bears Giliat Ghebray and David Torrence followed Guangul in 39th (26:14.80) and 44th place (26:28.60), respectively.

WHOM TO WATCH FOR CAL: With Duffy and Parker redshirting this year and Markiewicz opting not to compete, the Cal women have had to turn to new leaders in 2004. Sophomore Samantha Jones was Cal's fifth scorer at last year's conference meet, and she has led the Bears in all three races she has entered in 2004. The Martinez, Calif., product finished 15th at the Fresno State Invitational, 123rd at the Roy Griak Invitational and 65th at the Penn State National Meet. Look for leadership to also come from senior Lindsey Maclise and junior Maja Ruznic, among others. Ghebray and Guangul should lead the way for the Bears' men's squad, as the Bay Area products placed 11th and 16th, respectively, at the Penn State meet Oct. 16. Junior Kevin Davis and senior Ozzie Pina, along with a collection of young talent, should pace Cal.

PENN STATE MEET IN REVIEW: The Cal men's team finished eighth with 277 points at the Penn State National Cross Country Meet at the Blue-White Golf Courses in State College, Pa. The Bear women placed 19th with 500 points. American won the men's title with 49 points, and No. 2 Providence grabbed the women's title with 49 points. Ghebray led all Cal runners by placing 11th (25:52) on the 5.2-mile course, with Guangul not far behind in 16th (26:03). Davis was 59th in 26:45. On the women's 6K course, Jones paced Cal in 65th (22:24), followed by Ruznic (101st, 22:45), and senior Chloe Jarvis (119th, 23:04).