Category Archives: Cross Country

Marissa 3rd Cal Finisher at NCAA Championships

On Saturday, November 18, Cal placed 22nd at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Marissa ran a time of 21:29.64 and placed 192nd.

The California women’s cross country team finished in 22nd place in their first NCAA Championship berth in six years as they took on the nation’s best at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday.

The Championship was moved up due to the threat of severe weather, but that didn’t faze the Bears as they finished one spot ahead of their ranking in the USFTCCCA Poll. Read more


Marissa Runs PR at NCAA West Regional

On Friday, November 10, Marissa finished 36th with a course PR time of 20:35.51 in the 6k race on the Jefferson Park Golf Course at the NCAA West Regionals in Seattle, Washington.

The California cross country teams headed north for the NCAA West Regional Championships on Friday at Jefferson Golf Course. The women finished in fifth place, while the men took home ninth. The women tied the program’s fourth-best NCAA West Regional place while defeating no. 16 Washington. Read more

Cal Athletics Profiles Marissa

Cal Athletics profiled Marissa in an edition of its “Getting to Know” series.

Junior Marissa Williams was a huge factor for the women’s cross country team last weekend, returning from an injury to race in only her second meet of the season and placing 21st overall at the Pac-12 Championships. Williams helped lead the team to a fifth-place finish, its top finish in conference since 2010.

We know Williams can help her team with her legs, but what else do we need to know about this Golden Bears’ junior? We find out in this edition of “Getting to Know”.  Read more

Adding Marissa Was Huge for Cal at Pac-12, Says Coach Houlihan

According to Cal head coach Shayla Houlihan, adding Marissa was huge for Cal at the Pac-12 Championships.

For almost every sport, the Pac-12 is one of the most competitive conferences in the nation. Running is no exception, and at the Pac-12 Championships, Cal cross country’s men’s and women’s teams respectively finished a respectable seventh and fifth in very difficult fields. Read more

Marissa Runs PR at PAC-12 Championships

On Friday, October 27th, Marissa placed 21st with a time of 19:30.4 at the PAC-12 Championship meet, held in Springfield, OR.

The California cross country teams took on 12 top-30 ranked teams today at the Pac-12 Championship meet in Springfield, Ore. The women placed fifth overall in the championship meet and the men finished the meet in seventh. Read more

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