Bears Set For Sac State Invite
BERKELEY -- After a four week hiatus, the Golden Bear cross country team resumes their 2021 season Friday at the Sacramento State Invite. The competition will take place at Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin, California. The men will toe the line at 9:30 a.m. followed by the women's race at 10:30 a.m.
The California men will take on seven teams, including Stanford, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Cal State East Bay, Academy of Art, and Fresno State. The women will face the same seven as well as Sierra College and Loyola Marymount University.
"We want to continue working together as a unit, that's number one," Cal Head Coach Bobby Lockhart said. "We have a young squad, so working together in competition is immensely important for development."
The men's squad looks to build off their strong season opening performance at the USF Invite where they took second-place with two Top-10 finishers. Once again leading the pack for the men is senior Colin FitzGerald, the top Cal finisher at the season opener, claiming sixth-place with a time of 24:48.7.
Freshman Garrett MacQuiddy will also be running, following his successful debut as a Golden Bear at the USF Invite. MacQuiddy crossed the finish line in eighth-place with a time of 24:50.9. Sophomore Carrick Denker will also take to the course in Sacramento after his first performance in the Blue and Gold at the USF Invite, where he finished 14th with a time of 25:06.6.
On the women's side, the Bears will feature upperclassmen with redshirt senior Mina Anglero set to race for the first time this season. Her last performance at the 2020 Pac-12 Championships was her first return to competition after an injury sidelined her for most of the 2020 season.
Another senior bolstering the women's squad in Sacramento will be Meredith Corda, the most recent top finisher for the women at the USF Invite. Corda placed ninth in the 6k race with a time of 21:53.4. Senior Jessica Nye will also return to the course Friday after her 22nd-place finish at the season opener (22:18.4).
"The group is eager to get back into competition," Lockhart stated. "We've had a wonderful block of training and look forward to testing our fitness."
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