Bears Bound for Pac-12 Championships
BERKELEY -- California cross country kicks off the championship season at the Pac-12 Championships on Friday, March 5 in University Place, Washington.
The action will take place at Chambers Creek Park with the women's 6k race set to start at 11 a.m. P.T. and the men's 8k race to follow at 12 p.m. P.T. This will be the first time Chambers Creek Park will be hosting the Pac-12 Championships. Both races will air live nationally on the Pac-12 Network and live results can be found on calbears.com.
The Pac-12 Championships will feature some of the most dominant teams in the nation. On the men's side, Colorado will be defending their team title while Stanford will be fighting to keep the women's. The men's race will feature four teams ranked among the top-30 nationally, including three in the top-10. Cal will be entering the men's competition ranked No. 12 in the region, according to the most recent USTFCCCA rankings. The Cal women's squad will also face three NCAA top-10 teams as they vie for a championship title.
On the women's side, redshirt junior Mina Anglero will be returning to action following her triumphant 2019 campaign. At last year's Pac-12 Championships, Anglero finished in 22nd, setting a personal best with a time of 20:21.6. At the 2019 NCAA West Regional Championships, Anglero also placed 22nd, just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the individual competition. Culminating her standout season, Anglero was named an All-Region Honoree by the USTFCCCA for the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country season.
Senior Annie Boos will also be returning to the course for the Golden Bears, following her second-place finish at the Dave Murray Invitational. Boos finished 46th at last year's Pac-12 Championships with a time of 20:59.1.
Returning to the lineup Friday will be redshirt junior Brie Oakley who will be making her season debut. In 2019, Oakley ran her first meet of the season at the Pac-12 Championships after spending a majority of the season sidelined due to injury. She continued her championship campaign with a 45th-place finish at the 2019 NCAA West Regional Championships, clocking in at 20:57.4.
The women's team will send seven more athletes, including sophomore Sara Osterberg, who is coming off of her seventh-place finish at the season opener, and junior Marea Zlatunich who notched a personal record at last year's Pac-12 Championships, logging a time of 21:11.9.
The men's squad will be featuring seven athletes in Friday's competition. Senior Steven Khan will lead the way after claiming a third-place finish at the Dave Murray Invitational. He clocked in at 24:39.8, setting a personal record for the second straight meet following his then-personal best performance at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships.
Senior Ben Harper will also be returning to the course for the Golden Bears after his sixth-place finish at the season opener. At last year's Pac-12 Championships, Harper set a personal record at 24:45.6.1.
In his debut season, redshirt sophomore Colby Corcoran will also be returning to the scene for the Pac-12 Championships. Corcoran is coming off of his eleventh-place finish at the Dave Murray Invitational, which helped the team clinch a second-place finish. Donning the Blue & Gold for the first time will be freshman Gabriel Abbes who will be making his collegiate debut this Friday.
At the 2019 Pac-12 Championships, California finished in seventh-place on the men's side and ninth-place on the women's. The Golden Bears had standout individual performances at the race, logging a total of six personal records.