Bears Close Cross Country Season At NCAA West Regionals
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – The California cross country teams brought the 2021 season to a close following valiant efforts at the NCAA West Regional on Friday. The women's team took 17th-place overall, with the men's team taking 18th-place.
On the women's side, the upperclassmen once again showcased their leadership, pacing the Blue & Gold. Erin Archibeck was the top Cal finisher for the second-straight meet, completing the 6,000-meter race in 20:59.0 to clinch 53rd-place.
Securing a second top-100 finish for the Bears was Jessica Nye. Nye crossed the line in 21:45.0 to take 96th-place. Meredith Corda was next to finish for the women's team, taking 110th-place with a time of 22:05.5.
Piper Wilson finished off her strong debut season at the NCAA West Regional, setting her personal best time in the 6,000-meters of 22:18.1.
Three men claimed top-100 spots with Garrett MacQuiddy once again leading the pack. He took the top finisher slot for the fourth time this season by running the 10,000-meter race in 31:18.4 to finish in 72nd-place.
Just behind MacQuiddy in 78th-place was Colin FitzGerald. FitzGerald crossed the line in 31:33.8. Carrick Denker was the third to finish for Cal, taking 92nd-place with a time of 31:54.1.
"The team's attitude, focus and will was there; unfortunately, we fell short of our goals," Cal Head Coach Bobby Lockhart said. "These growing pains are hard felt but we will be a better team because of it, and the progress made this season is something positive to build off of."
Lockhart and the rest of the distance squad will now turn their focus to the indoor track and field season, which begins in January 2022.
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