Cal Travels to Chile Pepper Festival

Oct. 10, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL TRAVELS TO CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL: The California men's and women's cross country teams travel to the nationally-regarded Chile Pepper Festival at the Agri Park Course in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 14. The men's 10K begins at 9:45 a.m. CT, while the women's 6K follows at 10:30 a.m.

BEARS LINEUP: Cal's lineup for the men's 10K features David Torrence, Yosef Ghebray, Mark Matusak, Jake Schmitt, Michael Coe, Chris Chavez, Andy and Alex McClary, Steve Sodaro, Matt Miller, Micah Parker and Eric Lee. The women's 6K entries include Bridget Duffy, Rebecca Yau, Elizabeth Mayeda, Alison Greggor, Rebecca Palm, Mackenzie Pierce, Gabriela Rios-Sotelo, Pippa Macdonald and Lisa Sandoval.

2005 CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL IN REVIEW: The Cal men placed fifth with 176 points, while the Cal women finished sixth with 279 points Oct. 15, 2005, at the national-caliber Chile Pepper Festival at the Agri Park Cross Country Course. Senior Giliat Ghebray led Cal on the 10K course, placing 24th in a time of 29:51.3. Freshman Mark Matusak crossed the finish line next for the Bears in 45th (30:40.3). Cal redshirt junior Bridget Duffy led her team with a 41st-place showing (21:55.7) on the 6K course. Sophomore Rebecca Yau (46th, 21:59.6) and redshirt freshman Alysia Johnson (49th, 22:08.6) were close behind Duffy with solid results. Arkansas' men's team won the team title with 57 points, while Oklahoma State claimed the women's crown with 64 points.

LAST TIME OUT AT STANFORD: The California men's cross country team finished in fourth place with 113 points Sept. 30 at the Stanford Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course. The Golden Bears women's team grabbed fifth place with 157 points. Junior David Torrence made his official return after a two-year absence to the Cal cross country team and led the Bears with a seventh-place showing on the 8K course in 23:49. Sophomore Mark Matusak, the 2005 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year who also was competing for the first time this fall, was Cal's next fastest runner in 22nd (24:18). Junior Rebecca Yau placed 13th on the 6K course in 21:12 to pace Cal for the second time this season. Senior Elizabeth Mayeda turned in a strong effort to place 27th (21:58), while freshman Alison Greggor was close behind in 29th (22:00).

DUFFY, YAU PACE BEARS IN FIRST THREE MEETS: After initially walking on the team prior to the 2004 season, Rebecca Yau has led Cal in two of three meets this season and has finished in the top 15 at each race. Yau, a product of Orinda, topped the Bears with a second-place showing at the Aggie Open and a 13th-place finish (18:13.70) at the Stanford Invite (21:12). Bridget Duffy (Oakland) took second (17:43.00) at the USF Invitational in the season opener to lead Cal.

TORRENCE, LEE, SODARO LEAD TEAM: A different runner has led the Cal men's team in each race this season. In the Bears' last outing at Stanford, David Torrence (Reseda) was the team's fastest runner in seventh place (23:49). Redshirt sophomore Eric Lee (San Anselmo) led the team at the USF Invite (fifth, 26:33.60), and freshman Steve Sodaro (Tiburon) held top honors for the Bears at the Aggie Open (11th, 26:12.30).

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