Cal Travels to Aggie Open

Sept. 5, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL COMPETES AT AGGIE OPEN: Looking to defend their 2005 team titles, California travels to the 36th-annual Aggie Open Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Wildhorse Golf Club in Davis, Calif. The women's 5K race begins at 9 a.m., and the men's 8K event follows at 9:45 a.m. The course is on grass, dirt and wooden bridges over gently rolling hills and well-groomed fairways.

DIRECTIONS TO WILDHORSE GOLF CLUB: To get to the course from Interstate 80, take 113 north and exit at Covell Boulevard. Turn right onto Covell and proceed for approximately two miles. Turn left onto Pole Line Road; turn left onto Moore Street; and finally turn left onto Rockwell Drive. The course is located at 2323 Rockwell Drive.

BEARS LINEUP: Cal's anticipated women's lineup for the Aggie Open features: seniors Bridget Duffy, Elizabeth Mayeda and Lisa Sandoval, juniors Rebecca Yau and Pippa Macdonald, sophomore Mackenzie Pierce and freshmen Alison Greggor and Rebecca Palm. Cal will hold out many of its top runners for another week on the men's side. The Bears lineup includes: senior Micah Parker, junior Andrew Perezchica, sophomores Eric Lee, Matt Miller, Sean Carey and Francis Gadayan and freshmen Steve Sodaro and Peter Deptula.

2005 AGGIE OPEN IN REVIEW: The Cal men's and women's teams both won the Aggie Open in 2005. The men tallied 21 points to hold off the host Aggies (35), who finished second, while the Bears women's squad posted 23 points. San Jose State took second with 56 points. Led by then-senior Giliat Ghebray, Cal swept the top three spots on the 8K course. Ghebray posted a time of 25:39.60, followed by Mark Matusak (25:43.60) and Jake Schmitt (25:49.10). Bridget Duffy captured second place (18:22) to lead the Bear women, and her teammate, then-senior Abby Parker, finished third (18:22.90). Rebecca Yau grabbed fifth (18:35.0).

CAL WOMEN WIN USF INVITE, MEN THIRD: The Cal women's team opened the 2006 season by capturing the San Francisco Invitational with 34 points Sept. 2 at Golden Gate Park. Host San Francisco finished second in the women's competition with 53 points. The Cal men, which held out many of their top runners, finished third with 64 points, behind San Francisco (25) and Santa Clara (53).

DUFFY, YAU PACE BEARS IN OPENER: Bridget Duffy started her final season for Cal with a team-best second-place showing (17:43.00) at the San Francisco Invitational. Duffy has led Cal in 16 of 18 races in her career. Rebecca Yau crossed the finish line of the 5K course in third (17:51.00) for the Bears. Elizabeth Mayeda (eighth, 18:35.30) and Alison Greggor (10th, 18:41.10) also placed in the top 10.

LEE TOPS BEARS MALE RUNNERS: Redshirt sophomore Eric Lee finished fifth at the USF Invite to top all Cal runners for the first time in his career. Lee toured the 8K course in 26:33.60. Sophomore Matt Miller was Cal's next fastest runner in eighth place (26:48.50).

2005 IN REVIEW: Senior Giliat Ghebray grabbed eighth place (24:30) to lead the Cal men's team to a school-record third-place finish at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. The Bears finished eighth at the NCAA West Regional behind a 15th-place showing (30:38.2) from Ghebray, who qualified for the NCAA Championships. At the national meet, Ghebray took 63rd place (30:39.5). The Cal women's team finished seventh in the Pac-10 and 11th at the NCAA regional. Rebecca Yau placed 27th at the conference meet to lead all Cal harriers, while Bridget Duffy took top team honors (34th, 21:28) at the regional.

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