Cal Announces 2021 Cross Country Schedule
BERKELEY -- The California cross country team announced six upcoming meets this fall with the release of the 2021 schedule on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Bears kick off the season at the USF Invitational on Sept. 4 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. In the last appearance at the USF Invite in 2019, the men's team took their second consecutive championship while the women's squad also clinched first-place against competitors from across the Bay Area.
After a four week hiatus, the Blue and Gold return to action on Oct. 1 at the Sac State Invite in Rocklin, California. The squad will then split for a doubleheader weekend, with the FSU Pre-Nationals taking place in Tallahassee, Florida on Oct. 15 and the Santa Clara Bronco Invite in Sunnyvale, California on Oct. 16.
Cal enters championship season on Oct. 29 at the Pac-12 Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. In last year's Pac-12 Championships, nine Golden Bears set personal records, including Ethan Bersley (24:44.5), Colby Corcoran (24:50.3), Jaden Rosenthal (25:38.4), James Abrahams (25:08.6), Marea Zlatunich (20:53.2), Sara Osterberg (21:02.5), and Meredith Corda (21:27.6), all who are returning to the track for California this season. This year's championship will be streamed live on Pac-12 Networks for the fourth consecutive year.
The team returns to Sacramento for the NCAA West Regionals on Nov. 12 to continue their championship season campaign. Qualifying teams and individuals then compete at the 2021 NCAA Championships hosted by Florida State on Nov. 20.
The 2021 season marks the third year under Head Coach Bobby Lockhart, who added Assistant Coach Kayla Ferron and Volunteer Assistant Tim Gorman to the coaching staff.
Sept. 4 -- USF Invitational - San Francisco, Calif. - Golden Gate Park
Oct. 1 -- Sac State Invite - Rocklin, Calif.
Oct. 15 -- FSU Invite/Pre-Nationals - Tallahassee, Flor.
Oct. 16 -- Santa Clara Bronco Invite - Sunnyvale, Calif.
Oct. 29 -- Pac-12 Championships - Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov. 12 -- NCAA West Regionals - Sacramento, Calif.