Cal Men Finish 16th at Cross Country NCAA Championships
Nov. 19, 2007
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Competing in its first national-championship race as a team, the No. 20 California men's cross country team took 16th overall with 434 points at the NCAA championships hosted by Indiana State University Monday at the LaVern Gibson Championships Course. Cal wrapped up its most successful season in its history by finishing second among Pac-10 schools, as top-ranked Oregon won the national title.
'It was an intense race,' said Cal head coach Tony Sandoval. 'We had some people step up and it was a solid team effort. We were excited to come here. We beat some teams that we thought were a lot better than us. With four of our top five coming back, next year bodes well for us.'
Highlighting the Bears' success were senior David Torrence and junior Yosef Ghebray. Participating in his final cross country race at Cal, Torrence toured the course in 30:47.7 to take 62nd, while Ghebray finished in 67th, clocking in at 30:53.6. Liberty's Josh McDougal won the individual title in 29:22.4.
Oregon won the team title with 85 points, with Iona taking second (113 points) and Oklahoma State following in third (180 points). In the process of taking 16th, Cal also beat two ranked Pac-10 foes, as No. 13 Stanford placed 19th and No. 30 Arizona State came in 26th.
LaVern Gibson Championships Course
Terre Haute, Ind.
Men's 10K Team Results: 1. Oregon 85, 2. Iona 113, 3. Oklahoma State 180, 4. Northern Arizona 190, 5. Wisconsin 239, 16. California 434 plus 25 more teams.
Men's 10K Top 3 Individuals: 1. Josh McDougal, Liberty 29:22.4, 2. Galen Rupp, Oregon 29:23.4, 3. Lopez Lomong, Northern Arizona 29:45.5
Cal Men's Individual Results: 62. David Torrence 30:47.7, 67. Yosef Ghebray 30:53.6, 117. Michael Coe 31:16.9, 142. Kari Karlsson 31:26.1, 154. Mark Matusak 31:34.1, 202. Chris Chavez 32:07.1, 203. Eric Lee 32:08.6
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