Category Archives: Cross Country

Marissa Finishes 32nd at Bronco Invite

On Saturday, October 14th, Marissa placed 32nd with a time of 21:18.5 in the 6k race in the Santa Clara University Bronco Invitational at Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale, CA.

The California cross country teams conquered the competition for the third time this season as they finished strongly against top-ranked teams at the Nuttycombe Invitational at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wisconsin. Read more


Marissa Places 50th at NCAA West Regionals

On Friday, November 11th, Marissa finished 50th in the 6k race with a time of 20:42.8 at the NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento, California. View results

At this point of the season, legs start becoming heavy and it’s nothing but pure will that pushes teams to the finish. And with a goal in mind, the men on the Cal cross country team qualified to the NCAA Championships while the women once again failed to live up to expectations. Read more

Marissa 2nd Cal Finisher at Pac-12 Championships

On Friday, October 28th,  Marissa was the second Cal finisher at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships in Tucson, Arizona. She placed 32nd in the 6k race with a time of 21:31.5. View results

This past Friday, the 2016 Pac-12 Championships witnessed excitement and forthcoming accomplishments. The Cal cross country team went to Tucson, Arizona, and performed as expected in their respective middle-of-the-pack finishes. Read more

Marissa Places 38th at Pre-Nationals

On Saturday, October 15th,  Marissa finished 38th in the 6k race at the ISU Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a time of 20:52. View results

This past Saturday, the Cal cross country team closed out the regular season in solid fashion. With only two weeks remaining before the Pac-12 Championships, the Bears competed at the NCAA Pre-Nationals and the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational.

The NCAA Pre-Nationals brought the women one of their best performances on the season, finishing eighth out of 41 teams with a time of 1:45.2. The LaVern Gibson Championship Course saw junior Bethan Knights run the 6K course in 20:21.0 to place eighth out of a field of 284. Read more


Marissa Runs PR at Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational

On Friday, September 30th, Marissa placed 16th in the 5k race  on the Burke Golf Course at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, with a PR time of 16:44.7. View results.

A busy weekend for the California cross country teams began in exceptional fashion Friday afternoon at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. Both Golden Bear teams competing finished their respective races in the team top ten and with two top 20 individual performances. Read more


Marissa Finishes 6th at USF Invitational

On Saturday, September 3rd,  Marissa opened her 2016 cross country season at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. She finished the 6,000 meters race in 6th place with a time of 21:13.7. View results

The 2016 California cross country season got off to a fantastic start Saturday morning as the Golden Bears posted a pair of top-5 finishes at the 24th annual University of San Francisco Invitational. The Cal men claimed their third consecutive title at the event (21 points) while the Golden Bear women finished in third overall (47 points). Read more

Marissa Named One of Top Athletes of Year

The Palisadian-Post named Marissa one of its top athletes of 2015

… Marissa Williams capped off her brilliant prep career by shattering the City finals records in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, then shaving a full eight seconds off her personal-best time to place second in the 1,600 by 55 hundredths of a second at the state track finals in Clovis.Two hours later the Pali High senior passed eight runners on the bell lap to take third in the 3,200. She won the Post Cup Award in June and made the All-Pac-12 cross country second team as a freshman at California. Read more

Marissa 2nd Cal Finisher at NCAA West Regionals

On Friday, November 13, Marissa was the second Cal finisher behind teammate Mariel Mendoza at the NCAA Division I West Region Cross Country Championships, in Seattle, Washington.. Marissa  placed 32nd with a time of 21:20.9, just four seconds behind Mendoza

The California men’s cross co untry team earned an at-large bid for the upcoming NCAA Cross Country Championships after a stellar showing this season that culminated in a sixth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional Championships that were held Friday at Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle. Read more

Marissa Earns All-Pac-12 Honors

Marissa was one of only two freshmen selected to the All-Pac-12 Women’s Cross Country Team.

The California pair of senior Chris Walden and freshman Marissa Williams were named to the All-Pac-12 Cross Country Teams, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Both Golden Bears were named to their respective second teams after their performances at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships last weekend in Colfax, Wash. Walden earned the honors on the men’s side, and Williams did so on the women’s side. Read more

Marissa Leads Cal Women at Pac-12 Championships

On Friday, October 30, Marissa led the University of California women’s cross country team to a 7th place finish at the Pac-12 Championships in Colfax, Washington. Marissa finished 13th overall, running a season-best time of 20:24.0. View results

… The women’s team was led by a collegiate-best performance from freshman Marissa Williams who took 13th overall at her first Pac-12 Cross Country Championships at a time of 20:24.0, besting her performance at the NCAA Pre-Nationals by three seconds. Read more