STANFORD – The California cross country teams continued to show improvement at the Stanford Invitational Saturday.
The Golden Bear men placed third of eight teams on the 4000m short course race with 78 points. Stanford won the competition with 15 points, while UC Davis was second with 69. Fresno Pacific finished fourth with 133 points.
Stanford's Grant Robinson won the race in 10:54, ahead of his teammate Seth Hejny (11:02).
Carlos Carballo led Cal with an 18th-place finish in 11:54. Martin Conrad placed 20th for the Bears in 12:00, and John Balzer wasn't far behind in 22nd (12:02). Cal's other scorers were John Burke in 26th (12:11) and Jeff Squires in 32nd (12:29). Also racing for Cal was Greg Jizmagian, who took 38th (12:40).
On the women's side, Cal placed 11th out of 19 teams on the 4000m short course with 246 points. Stanford took first place with 40 points, followed by BYU with 53 and Wisconsin with 69.
Stanford's Alicia Craig took top honors, clocking in at 12:40, ahead of BYU's Michaela Manova (12:54).
Erin Belger led the Bears for the third-straight meet, finishing 30th in 14.26. Just a fraction of a second behind Belger was her teammate Camille Stanley. Cal's Abby Parker finished 33rd in 14:28. Other runners scoring for Cal were Lindsey Maclise (66th, 15:02) and Eva Shu (95th, 15:48). Katie White placed 101st in 15:57.