Cal Women Pull Off Shocker To Win Griak Invitational + Weekend XC Recap


Deborah Maier (Calbears.com)

Behind individual race winner Deborah Maier, the California Golden Bear women pulled off a shocking win at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.

Cal tied with Iowa State with 128 points but defeated the Cyclones based on a sixth runner tie break.

Cal entered the meet unranked in the national polls but defeated seven of the nation’s top 30 teams on their way to victory on Saturday.  The win could be potentially crucial as head-to-head points against other teams seeking at-large bids determine who qualifies for nationals in November.

In addition to Maier’s dominating 12 second victory, head coach Tony Sandoval’s team got strong performances out of seniors Chelsea Reilly (18th), Taylor Dutch (25th) and Kelsey Santisteban (34th).

Full results from the women’s race can be found here.

Other notes from the day’s action:

  • Arizona, the 2010 Pac 10 runner-up, was third just three points behind Cal and Iowa State.  The Wildcats were led by junior Jennifer Bergman and sophomore Elvin Kibet who finished third and fourth, respectively.
  • Lawi Lalang of Arizona crushed the Griak course record by 20 seconds, finishing the 8000 meter course in 23:15.5.  Behind second place finisher Ryan Hall, North Carolina State was atop the men’s team standings with 96 points.  Portland was second with 114 points while Hassan Mead-led Minnesota was third with 153 points.  Full men’s results here.
  • At the Stanford Invitational, Chris Derrick and Jake Riley went one-two for the Cardinal with Jon Peterson of UC Davis in third.  The Stanford team score of 27 points was well ahead of second place UCLA with 52 points and UC Santa Barbara with 130 points.  Full men’s results from Stanford here.
  • Like the men’s race, a Stanford duo swept the top two places for the women,  this time with Kathy Kroeger and Aisling Cuffe for the home team.  Tara Erdmann of Loyola Marymount was third.  Stanford won the team competition in an even more dominating fashion, scoring just 24 points to UC Davis’s 138 points and Cal Poly’s 139 points.  Full women’s results here.


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