Cal Faces Tough Competition at Pac-12 Championships
SALT LAKE CITY – Cal cross country took on top competitors at the Pac-12 Championships Friday morning at the Regional Athletics Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. The race conditions provided a challenge for the student-athletes, with high altitude and warm weather adding an extra layer of difficulty.
Colorado swept the Pac-12 titles, taking victory in both the men's and women's races. The California women's team took ninth-place while the men finished eighth-place overall.
Erin Archibeck claimed the top finish for the Golden Bear women in the 6,000-meter race. In her debut performance for California she crossed the line in 21:56.8 for 37th-place.
Meredith Corda continued her strong 2021 campaign in Salt Lake City, crossing the line in 55th-place with a time of 22:40.8. Fellow senior Jessica Nye rounded out the top three for the Bears, finishing in 23:11.6 to claim 68th.
On the men's side, Garrett MacQuiddy paced the team as the top Cal finisher for the second-straight meet. MacQuiddy notched 34th-place with a time of 25:15.1.
Just behind MacQuiddy in 39th was Carrick Denker. Denker crossed the finish line in 25:24.5. Third to finish for the Golden Bears was Colin FitzGerald, who ran the 8,000-meter race in 26:07.1.
"I feel like we executed our race plan pretty well, but the altitude seemed to take its toll a little more than expected," MacQuiddy commented. "We did well running as a pack. I'm proud of how we did, and given that it was the first collegiate post-season race for three out of five of our scorers, I'm looking forward to how we perform at regionals in two weeks and going into next year with more experience."
The Bears will now turn their focus to preparing for the NCAA West Regionals on Nov. 12 in Sacramento, Calif.
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