Cal Competes at NCAA West Regional

Nov. 9, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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BEARS TRAVEL TO NCAA REGIONAL: The California men's team, along with two individuals from the women's squad, travel to the NCAA West Regional Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Woodward Park Course in Fresno, Calif. This is the 14th time that the regionals have been hosted at Fresno State's Woodward Park, and the first since 2000. The event is free except for the three dollar entrance fee to get into the park. The women's 6K race begins at 11 a.m., and the men's 10K race is at noon. The top two teams qualify automatically to the NCAA Championships, which are being held Nov. 22 in Terra Haute, Ind. Those teams will be joined by the top four individual runners, not from those schools, at the NCAA Championships. There also are team and individual at-large berths to nationals.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: This year's NCAA West Regional boasts some of the nation's top runners and teams, including the defending NCAA Division I Champion men's and women's teams from Stanford. Other teams expected to attend in addition to Cal include traditional cross country powers such as UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and UC Santa Barbara.

CAL'S LINEUP: Representing Cal's men's team at this week's regional are the its top seven finishers from the Pac-10 Championships - senior Girmay Guangul, junior Kevin Davis, sophomore John Eves, freshman Chris Chavez, senior Ozzie Pina, sophomore Micah Parker and junior Giliat Ghebray. If the Bears don't qualify for the NCAA Championships as a team, head coach Tony Sandoval is hopeful that one or two individuals will advance. Guangul is looking to return to the NCAA Championships for the first time since his 2000 freshman season. Pina led Cal with an 18th-place finish at the Fresno State Invitational Sept. 11 at the same Woodward Course. On the women's side, senior Lindsey Maclise and junior Maja Ruznic - the team's top two finishers at Pac-10s - will represent the Bears at the NCAA West Regional. Sandoval hopes Maclise and Ruznic can both break 22 minutes this week.

2003 NCAA WEST REGIONAL IN REVIEW: The Cal men's team placed 10th with 257 points at last year's NCAA West Regional in Gresham, Ore. Girmay Guangul led the way in 25th place (30:23), followed by Carlos Carballo (27th, 30:25) and Giliat Ghebray (55th, 31:04). The Bears' women's squad also took 10th with 308 points. Bridget Duffy, who is redshirting this year, placed eighth (20:46) to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Abby Parker, who is also redshirting, was the next fastest Bear in 43rd place (21:53). Lindsey Maclise and Maja Ruznic didn't compete at last year's regional.

2004 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REVIEW: The Cal men took eighth (199 points), while the Cal women placed ninth (237 points) at the Pac-10 Championships in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, The Bears, who served as host of the event, were led by San Jose's Girmay Guangul (17th place, 24:56) on the 8K course, while Lindsey Maclise (Davis, CA) paced the Cal women on the 6K course (40th, 22:24), followed closely by San Francisco's Maja Ruznic (41st, 22:25).

DID YOU KNOW? Eight different runners led Cal in at least one competition during the 2004 season. Sophomore Samantha Jones (Martinez, CA) led the women's team in three events, while Ozzie Pina (Lakewood, CA), Giliat Ghebray (Union City, CA) and Wes Davison (Capitola, CA) each held top honors in two competitions for the Cal men.