Sept. 3, 1997
Golden Bears Open Season at Nevada Invitational
THIS WEEK Sat. Sept. 6 at Nevada Invitational, Reno, NV 8:45/9:30 a.m. Hidden Valley Regional Park
BEARS OPEN SEASON: The California cross country teams open the 1997 season at the Nevada Invitational in Reno, Nev. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Other participating teams include Stanford, Nevada, and Sacramento State. The women will run a 5K course at Reno's Hidden Valley Regional Park beginning at 8:45 a.m., followed by the men's 4-mile race at 9:30 a.m.
HEAD COACH: Cal head coach Tony Sandoval is in his sixth season at the helm of the combined men's and women's cross country program, after heading up the Bears women's program since 1982. He is joined for the second consecutive season by graduate assistant coach Richie Boulet, a six-time track and cross country All-American at Cal, and undergraduate assistant coach Magdalena Lewy, a former Bear cross country runner and All-American trackster.
LAST YEAR: The California women finished eighth at the Pac-10 Championships, but moved up to sixth at the NCAA Region 8 Championships. The Golden Bear men were seventh at the Pac-10 Championships, and 14th at the NCAA Region 8 Championships. Cal's top seven runners on both the men's and women's teams return in 1997, including the Bears top finisher in both races, junior Simon Mudd and junior Elissa Riedy. The youthful Bears feature only three seniors combined on the two rosters.
ON THE HORIZON: The Golden Bears next competition is Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Fresno Invitational. Competition begins at 9:00 a.m. in Fresno's Woodward Park.