Nov. 21, 1997
Elissa Riedy Runs at NCAA Championships
RIEDY AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The University of California will be represented by junior Elissa Riedy at the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, Nov. 24 on the Furman University Cross Country Course in Greenville, South Carolina. Riedy qualified as an individual participant based on her eighth place finish at the NCAA Western Regional Championships Nov. 15 in Tucson, Arizona, and this will be her first trip to the NCAA Championship. She becomes the first Cal woman to compete at the NCAA Championships since Tenaya Soderman finished 37th in 1993. Riedy is only the third Golden Bear woman to run at NCAA's in the decade of the '90s, joining Soderman and Sabrina Hann, who finished 21st in 1990.
RIEDY RESULTS: Junior Elissa Riedy (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose HS) has finished in the Top 10 of all six meets in which she has competed this season:
NEVADA INVITATIONAL (9/6): Third place (18:49)
CAL AT NCAA WESTERN REGIONAL: The Cal men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Western Regional Championships on Nov. 15 in Tucson, Arizona. As a team, the Golden Bear men finished eighth of 21 teams, while the Cal women were ninth of 25 teams. Pac-10 members Stanford and Oregon advanced to the NCAA Championships in both the men's and women's competitions, with Stanford winning both races, and Oregon finishing second in both races. In addition, the top three individuals that were not on those two qualifying teams were selected for the NCAA Championships, including Cal's Elissa Riedy, who finished eighth overall in the women's race. Cal sophomore Peter Gilmore just missed qualifying on the men's side, as he finished in sixth place overall, but was fourth in line to advance as an individual runner.
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 assisted fby Richie Boulet, a six-time All-American at Cal, and Magdalena Lewy, a former Bear cross country runner and All-American trackster.