Cal Travels to Sacramento State Jamboree

Sept. 8, 2009

at Sacramento State Jamboree
Saturday, Sept. 12
Sacramento, Calif.
9:15 a.m.

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CAL MAKES TRIP TO SACRAMENTO: Fresh off a top-two finish for both the men and women at the USF Invitational, California travels to the Sacramento State Jamboree Saturday. Held at Granite Regional Park, the event includes races in high school and college divisions. The 5000-meter collegiate women's race will start at 9:15 a.m., followed by the four-mile collegiate men's competition at 9:45 a.m. The Golden Bear men were fourth last year, with the Cal women coming in fifth.

BEARS OPEN WITH TOP-2 FINISHES AT USF: Cal opened the 2009 season with a pair of strong finishes at the 17th annual San Francisco Invitational Sept. 5. The Golden Bear men won the competition by a single point over host USF (38-39), while the Cal women, behind individual champion Keena Kohl, took second in the team standings. In the women's race, Kohl prevailed by a more than five-second margin over runner-up Mikayla Murphy of UC Santa Cruz, covering the 5000-meter distance in 18:20.30. Cal's Michelle Davis (18:35.30) and Nicole Hough (18:35.70) were sixth and seventh, respectively, while Taylor Dutch posted a mark of 18:42.50 to place ninth and give the Bears four finishers in the Top 10.

On the men's side, Cal's Collin Jarvis was the top collegiate runner and second overall with a time of 25:02.60 over 8000 meters. Austin Ramos, running unattached, won the race in 24:55.30. Three other Bears also finished in the Top 10, with freshman Cody Schmidt seventh (25:25.00), sophomore Maxime Chevee eighth (25:25.30) and freshman Simon Schmidt 10th (25:31.60).

GOLDEN DEBUTS: Six Cal runners - five men and one woman - made their Golden Bear debuts at the USF Invitational last weekend. Collin Jarvis had the biggest splash, finishing at the top collegiate runner in 25:02.60. Brothers Cody and Simon Schmidt, who were seventh and 10th, respectively, also placed in the Top 10. In addition, Matt Petersen was 16th and redshirt-freshman James Attarian was 24th.For the women, Nicole Hough claimed seventh place overall - third among Cal runners - with a time of 18:35.70 over the 5K distance.

GOLDEN BEAR NOTES: The Cal men have reached the NCAA championships the past two years, finishing a program-best 15th in 2007, as well as 22nd in 2008 ... the Bears welcome two highly decorated transfers this fall in James Brewer (University of Bath in England), who was a semifinalist in the 1500 meters at the World Track & Field Championships over the summer, and Chris Vizcaino of nearby Lafayette, Calif., who helped Iona to a runner-up finish at the 2008 NCAA championships ... senior Alison Greggor qualified for the NCAA track meet in the 10,000 meters last spring ... all three are expected to make their '09 debut at the Stanford Invitational.

HEAD COACH Tony Sandoval: Tony Sandoval is in his 18th season as head coach of the Cal men's and women's cross country teams and his 28th year overall at the university. Also in his third year as head men's and women's track & field coach, Sandoval was the head women's track & field and cross country coach at Cal from 1982-91, prior to the merger of the men's and women's programs into a single entity in 1992. Over the past two years, he has guided the Golden Bear men's cross country team to its best finishes in school history, claiming 15th place at the NCAA championship meet in 2007 and coming in 22nd place last fall. A combined eight men's and women's runners have gained All-American status under his guidance, including Yosef Ghebray, who became just the third Cal male ever to earn cross country recognition last year. Among the women who have benefited from his coaching are Magdalena Lewy, a U.S. Olympian in the marathon in 2008, and Alysia Johnson, the U.S. champion in the 800 meters in 2007. The Bear women finished 15th at the 1984 NCAA meet, then returned in 1988 to take ninth place.

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