Cal cross nation returns to competitors on Saturday.
The Bears Are Again In Motion This Saturday At Golden Gate Park
BERKELEY – California males’s and girls’s cross nation kicks off the 2022 fall marketing campaign Saturday on the USF Invitational in San Francisco. The lads’s 8,000-meter race will start at 10 a.m. with the ladies’s 6,000-meter race to observe at 10:45 a.m. Dwell outcomes may be discovered right here.
The Bears will toe the road on their very own stomping grounds of the Bay Space this weekend, with the meet positioned at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The course is a 2,000-meter loop that’s principally flat with gradual elevation modifications on the beginning and ending factors.
Cal appears to be like to construct upon its 20-year historical past with the annual invitational this 12 months. Since 2002, the Golden Bears males’s workforce has claimed seven meet titles and 5 particular person victories. Garrett Corcoran was the final Bear to clinch first-place when he raced for California in 2018. The newest workforce title got here in 2019, Bobby Lockhart‘s first season because the Bears’ head coach.
The ladies’s workforce additionally claimed the 2019 title, its sixth workforce victory since 2002. The ladies’s aspect has additionally seen 5 particular person first-place finishes at earlier USF Invitations, with the latest victor being Bethan Knights in 2015.
Ultimately 12 months’s USF Invite, the Cal males’s workforce took house a second-place end and positioned two student-athletes, together with 2022 returner Garrett MacQuiddy, within the top-10. Claire Yerby is the one returner for the ladies’s aspect who competed within the 2021 meet. She took Forty eighth-place within the 6,000-meter competitors.
This 12 months, the Cal males’s workforce shall be led by MacQuiddy and fellow returners Gabriel Abbes and Carrick Denker. MacQuiddy’s final cross nation efficiency was on the 2021 NCAA West Regionals the place he was the highest Cal-finisher and he set his private report within the 10,000-meter race (31:18.4). He additionally ran his private greatest within the 8,000-meter run final season on the NCAA Pre-Nationals Invite hosted by Florida State when he clocked in at 24:41.6.
Abbes and Denker each additionally set private data eventually 12 months’s NCAA West Regionals, with the 2 logging 32:33.1 and 31:54.1, respectively, within the 10,000-meter loop.
“I am undoubtedly able to get again to racing and placing all of the summer time miles and early season tempo runs to make use of,” MacQuiddy stated. “This race shall be a time to shake the rust off and get again into the grind of an extended cross nation race. We should always have an awesome pack of fellows collectively and we’re all ready.”
Yerby will lead the ladies’s workforce in competitors this 12 months. She set her private greatest within the 6,000-meter run eventually 12 months’s Sac State Invite when she clocked in at 22:33.6. Yerby competed in all 5 meets on the Bears’ schedule in 2021, which was her first season competing on the collegiate cross nation stage.
On each the boys’s and girls’s squads, new faces are anticipated to don the Blue & Gold at this 12 months’s season opener. The younger expertise that has been added to the cross nation roster will certainly bolster the workforce because it embarks on the beginning of its 2022 fall season this Saturday.
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