Nine Bears set personal bests at UCR Invite



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Cal Cross Country records nine personal bests at UCR Invite.


Cal’s men’s team takes 16th place, women’s 18th

RIVER EDGE – The California men’s and women’s cross country collected nine personal bests at the UCR Invitational on Saturday morning. The men’s team took 16th place overall while the women’s team took 18th place. The team raced on the same course that will host the Pac-12 Championships in October.

“It was great to preview the course before we get back to it in six weeks,” the Cal head coach said. Bobby Lockhart said.

On the men’s side, Cal’s top four scorers all set personal bests in the 8,000-meter race. Garrett MacQuiddy was the first Golden Bear to cross the line, finishing in 24:22.6 to take 31st place. Landen Lee finished shortly after, taking 39th place with a time of 24:28.

“I thought Landen Lee and Garrett MacQuiddy had a good performance,” Lockhart said. “They ran patiently and closed well.”

Caden Carney completed the top three for the Bears, posting a time of 24:59.3 and placing 89th to help the team clinch the 16th team spot. Rowan Fitz Gerald was the fourth Bear on the men’s team to set a personal best, clocking 25:14.7. Putting on the Blue & Gold for the first time was John Sestagawho made his college debut in 25:39.7.

The women’s team recorded five personal bests on Saturday morning. Ellie Black was Cal’s top female finisher for the second straight meeting. Black posted his personal best of 21:01.2 and took 31st place overall.

Ellie Black continues to impress us,” Lockhart said. “She’s just getting started, and I see no reason why she can’t continue to make significant leaps.”

The next to cross the line in 82nd place was Georgia McCorklewho made her college debut at UCR Invite and ran the 6,000 meter race in 21:46.7. Claire Yerby made his season debut at the competition and won his personal best 22:04.6 to take 106th place overall.

Setting personal bests in the 6,000 meter race at UCR Invite was also Nathalie Weiner (22:18.9), Caroline Dawson (22:29) and Lauren Calcagno (23:16.2).

“Unfortunately we are still battling illness and a handful of student-athletes are recovering from injury, but better now than later,” Lockhart added. “We have four weeks until our next competition, so we have plenty of time to overcome these setbacks.”

NEXT

The Bears will now take a four-week break following the UCR invitation. The teams will then race at the Bronco Invite in Santa Clara on October 15.

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