Cal Competes at Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 25, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL TRAVELS TO PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: California competes at the Pac-10 Championships Saturday, Oct. 29 at Dell Urich Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. The men's 8K race begins at 9:30 a.m. PT, and the women's 6K event follows at 10:30 a.m. Stanford is shooting for its 10th consecutive women's team title and sixth straight men's crown. Arizona serves as host of this year's championships.

BEARS 2005 PAC-10 LINEUP: The following individuals will compete for Cal at this year's Pac-10 Championships. The men's race features: seniors Giliat Ghebray and Kevin Davis, junior Eric Roberts, sophomore Chris Chavez, redshirt freshmen Andy and Alex McClary and freshmen Mark Matusak, Yosef Ghebray, Jake Schmitt and Matt Miller. On the women's side, Cal will send: seniors Abby Parker and Maja Ruznic, juniors Bridget Duffy, Brooke Wells and Elizabeth Mayeda, sophomores Amanda Thornberry and Rebecca Yau, redshirt freshmen Alysia Johnson and Marie Raffray and freshman Mackenzie Pierce.

A LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S PAC-10S: In 2004, Cal's men's team finished eighth with 199 points, and the Bears' women's harries took ninth with 237 points at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Cal served as host. Then-senior Girmany Guangul led the Cal men by placing 17th (24:56), and then-senior Lindsey Maclise paced the women in 40th (22:24). Current seniors Kevin Davis (33rd, 25:33) and Maja Ruznic (41st, 22:25) are the Bears top returners from last year's Pac-10 Championships. Bridget Duffy redshirted the 2004 season but led Cal at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships by finishing 13th (22:15.70), garnering All-Pac-10 accolades.

CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL IN REVIEW: The Cal men placed fifth with 176 points, while the Cal women finished sixth with 279 points Oct. 15 at the national-caliber Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. Giliat Ghebray led Cal on the 10K course, placing 24th in a time of 29:51.3. Mark Matusak crossed the finish line next for the Bears in 45th (30:40.3). Ghebray also paced the Bears with a first-place finish at the Aggie Open Sept. 10. It's the third time this year that Ghebray and Matusak were Cal's top two runners. Bridget Duffy led her team with a 41st-place showing (21:55.7) on the 6K course. That was the third time this season the All-American paced the Bears. Rebecca Yau (46th, 21:59.6) and Alysia Johnson (49th, 22:08.6) were close behind Duffy with solid results.

DUFFY LEADS BEARS IN 14 OF 15 RACES: Bridget Duffy has led Cal in 14 of the 15 cross country competitions she has entered since arriving on campus in the fall of 2002. This season, Duffy has been utilized to help Cal's tactics of running as a team for the first portion of a race, which has improved the Bears' overall scores. In 2003, Duffy earned All-America honors in cross country by finishing 42nd at the NCAA Championships. Duffy and senior Abby Parker reshirted last season.

MATUSAK, GHEBRAY, SCHMITT PROPEL CAL TO NO. 1 RECRUIT RANKING: Cal earned the No. 1 recruiting class in the state of California, according to DyeStatCal, by signing three Footlocker finalists in Mark Matusak (Torrance, Calif.), Yosef Ghebray (Union City, Calif.) and Jake Schmitt (Kentfield, Calif.). Matusak finished third at the 2004 Footlocker Nationals, while Schmitt placed 19th and Ghebray took 27th. Matusak led Cal at the Stanford Invitational by taking 17th place.

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