Cal Competes at NCAA West Regional

Nov. 6, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL TRAVELS TO NCAA WEST REGIONAL: After a two-week break from competition, California's men's and women's cross country teams travel to the NCAA West Regional Saturday, Nov. 11, at Blue Lake Park in Gresham, Ore. The women's 6K race begins at 11 a.m., followed by the men's 10K competition at 12:15 p.m. Both courses are almost entirely flat with grass footing. The top two men's and women's teams automatically advance to the NCAA Championships Monday, Nov. 20, in Terre Haute, Ind. The top four runners from non-qualifying teams in each region advance to NCAAs. The Cal women grabbed ninth (1988) and 15th (1984) in their only team NCAA Championships appearances, while the Cal men are in search of their first NCAA team bid.

BEARS LINEUP: Cal's lineup for the women's 6K features Rebecca Yau, Alison Greggor, Gabriela Rios-Sotelo, Rebecca Palm, Elizabeth Mayeda and Bridget Duffy or Pippa Macdonald. The Bears' 10K entries include David Torrence, Mark Matusak, Jake Schmitt, Michael Coe, Chris Chavez, Steve Sodaro and Yosef Ghebray or Matt Miller.

2005 NCAA WEST REGIONAL IN REVIEW: The No. 28 California men's cross country team placed eighth with 205 points Nov. 12 at the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course. The Golden Bear women took 11th with 313 points. The Cal men improved four spots and 107 points from their 2004 team result. In 2004, the Bears were only represented by two female runners at the NCAA West Regional due to injuries. Giliat Ghebray, Yosef's older brother, led Cal with a 15th-place showing (30:38.2) in 2005 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Bridget Duffy led the Cal women with a 34th-place finish (21:28.2).

2006 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS REWIND: Juniors David Torrence and Rebecca Yau led Cal with 11th and 26th-place showings, respectively, at the Pac-10 Championships Oct. 28 at Stanford Golf Course. Torrence covered the 8K course in 23:44.83, while Yau toured the 6K course in 21:35.57. The Cal men placed eighth as a team with 179 points, while the Bears' women's squad took ninth with 260 points.

YAU EMERGES AS BEARS' LEADERS: After having a solid sophomore season, junior Rebecca Yau has emerged as Cal's leader in 2006. The Orinda product has paced the team in four consecutive races and four of five competitions overall this year. She owns three top 15 results and has not finished lower than 38th.

TORRENCE SHINES IN RETURN TO BEARS: After missing the last two cross country seasons, junior David Torrence has stood out as Cal's leader this year. The Reseda native has paced the Bears in all three competitions he has entered this year (Stanford Invitational, Chile Pepper Festival and Pac-10 Championships). He boasts two top 11 finishes and hasn't finished lower than 23rd in 2006.

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