Cal Women Victorious at San Francisco Invitational

Aug. 30, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO - The California women's cross country team took top honors while the men took third at the San Francisco Invitational Saturday morning at Golden Gate Park to open the 2008 season. The Cal men finished with 105 points and the Cal women finished with 52 points.

In the women's competition, the Golden Bears placed three runners in the top 10. Junior Gabriela Rios-Sotelo placed third (18:06) on the 5K course, while freshman Keena Kohl took eighth (18:24). Senior Rebecca Palm finished ninth (18:31). Stanford's Alicia Follmar claimed the women's individual crown, clocking in at 17:57.

Senior Matt Miller paced the Cal men by placing third (25:37). Freshman Nate Beach also grabbed a top-10 placing, touring the course in 25:47. Edwin Kibet Tarragon from the Academy of Art University claimed the men's individual crown, crossing the finish line at 25:07.

Cal returns to action at the Sacramento State Jamboree on Sept. 13.

USF Invitational Golden Gate Park
Women's Team Results (Nine teams)
: 1. California 52, 2. USF 80, 3. Santa Clara 81

Cal Individual Women's Results: 3. Gabriela Rios-Sotelo 18:06, 8. Keena Kohl 18:24, 9. Rebecca Palm 18:31, 12. Crystal Esparza 18:50, 21. Taylor Dutch 19:01, 30. Alesandra Roger 19:25

Men's Team Results (Seven teams): 1. Stanford 24, 2. USF 66, 3. California 105

Cal Individual Men's Results: 3. Matt Miller 25:37, 9. Nate Beach 25:47, 22. Patrick Lynch 26:18, 30. Sean Carey 26:35, 41. Brad Surh 26:55, 43. Francis Gadayan 26:58, 63. Dan Brown 28:12

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