Stanford vs California - The Big Meet (Track & Field)

April 30, 2001

Stanford, Ca - The 107th meeting between Stanford and California in men's track & field takes place on Saturday, May 5, when Stanford hosts The Big Meet at Cobb Track & Angell Field ... The Stanford women's team will host the California women in the 21st meeting between the two schools ... The Cal men's team leads the series, 63-41-2, but in the last several years, the scores have been close ... Last year in Berkeley, Cal won the meet in the final event, the 1,600 meter relay, to post a 84-79 decision ... And of course, Stanford stopped Cal's 25-meet winning streak with a 85-78 decision in 1997 at Cobb Track & Angell Field ... Stanford's women's team leads the series with California, 11-10 ... The Cardinal had won three straight meets against California until last year when the Golden Bears scored a 82 2/3 to 79 1/3 decision in Berkeley ... The women's series started in 1980, while the men's series dates back to 1893.

Schedule Story

The Big Meet (Stanford vs California)

Saturday, May 5, 2001, Cobb Track & Angell Field

3:00 p.m. - Field Events

4:00 p.m. - Running Events

Duel Data

Several races and field events are certainly ones to watch ... The 1,500 meters feature four of the top runners in the Pac-10, Michael Stember (#1, 3:41.80), Cal's Bolota Asmerom (#2, 3:42.73), Donald Sage (#3, 3:43.03), and Seth Hejny (#5, 3:44.79) ... Asmerom has the league's top time in the 5,000 meters (13:31.88), but close behind are Hejny (#3, 13:46.81), Jonathon Riley (#4, 13:51.68), and Louis Luchini (#5, 13:53.87) ... In the long jump, Stanford's Milton Little and Cal's Robert Kennedy rank 1-2 at 25-4 3/4 and 25-4w, respectively ... Nick Welihozkiy of Stanford and Cal's Garrett Collier are ranked 2-3, respectively, in the hammer at 201-4 and 198-4 ... Stanford's Jason Goff and Matt Blair of Cal are ranked 2-3 in the decathlon, and expect them to score points for their respective teams in several events ... In women's competition, look for a close race between Cal's Zhauntel Holman at 11.80w, and Stanford's Wilsa Charles at 12.03 ... The 3,000 meter steeplechase is a new event to women's track & field, and Stanford's Laura Turner (10:44.20) and Cal's Marielle Schlueter (10:44.95) are among the leaders in the conference ... The 400 meter relay could be pivotal as Cal has a season-best time of 46.19 while Stanford has checked in at 46.72 ... Cal has a slight edge in the 1,600 meter relay at 3:44.48 compared to 3:46.54 for the Cardinal ... In the high jump, Stanford's Kimberly Stone is ranked third at 5-10 1/2, while Cal's Tiffany Barnett is fourth at 5-10 ... The pole vault also finds two of the league's top performers in Kathleen Donoghue of Stanford at 13-1 3/4 and Cal's Maria Lopez at 12-11 1/2 ... The shot put competition will be keen with Dana Lawson of Cal ranked third at 53-7 1/2, while Stanford freshman Jillian Camarena is fifth at 52-7 ... Lawson is third in the discus at 173-0 ... Jennifer Joyce of Cal is third in the Pac-10 in the hammer (203-8) ... Heptathletes Julie Tinker of Stanford and Cal's Shawna Adkins will be busy competing in several events for their teams ... Stember is ranked third in the Pac-10 in the 800 meters (1:49.73) ... Stanford's Michael Ponikvar is first in the conference in the high jump (7-3 1/2) ... Cal's Vincent Ibia is fourth in the Pac-10 in the long jump at 24-9 3/4 ... Rhuben Williams of Cal is fourth in the Pac-10 in the shot put (60-6 3/4) ... Omer Inan of Stanford has the third-best mark in the discus at 190-10 ... Ashley Couper is third in the conference in the 1,500 meters (4:23.05) ... Lauren Fleshman, the Stanford sophomore, leads the conference in the 5,000 meters (15:49.84) ... Reynda King of Cal has the Pac-10's second-best mark in the triple jump (42-1 1/2).

Scoring Stats

The individual events will be scored five points for first place, three points for second place, and one point for third place ... The relays will be scored five points for first place, no points for second place.

Stanford Starts

The Stanford outdoor season is well underway and Cardinal athletes have put together excellent Pac-10 qualifying times and marks ... Sixty-two athletes (34 women, 28 men) have qualified for the Pac-10 Championships on May 19-20 at California ... Eighteen Stanford athletes (10 men, 8 women) have qualified provisionally for the NCAA's, and three athletes, Jonathon Riley, Lauren Fleshman and Jillian Camarena, have met the NCAA automatic standard in the 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters and shot put, respectively.

Pac-10 Potpourri

Several Stanford athletes lead or are near the top of the pack in their respective events in the Pac-10 rankings ... Stanford Olympian Michael Stember leads the conference in the 1,500 meters (3:41.80), Jonathon Riley in the 10,000 meters (28:33.71), Michael Ponikvar in the high jump (7-3 1/2), Milton Little in the long jump (25-4 3/4), and Lauren Fleshman in the 5,000 meters (15:49.84, #1 among American collegiate runners) ... Three Stanford athletes are ranked #2 in their respective events, Nick Welihozkiy in the hammer (201-4), Chad Wassink in the javelin (234-0) and Jason Goff in the decathlon (7,216 points) ... Stanford's men's runners rank 3-4-5-6-7 in the 800 meters, 1-3-4 in the 1,500 meters, 3-4-5-7 in the 5,000 meters, 3-5 in the women's 1,500 meters, and 1-6-7-8 in the women's 5,000 meters.

National Notes

Jonathon Riley, Lauren Fleshman and Jillian Camarena are Stanford's NCAA outdoor qualifiers thus far in the 2001 season ... Competing in his first collegiate 10,000 meters, Riley ran a 28:33.71 at the Stanford Invitational (3/31) ... Riley's time is third-best all-time at Stanford, and tops in the Pac-10 this year ... Fleshman's 5,000 meter time of 15:49.84 is #1 for an American collegiate runner this year, a career-best and third-best in school history ... Camarena has a season-best and freshman school record mark of 52-7 (16.04m) in the shot put ... Eighteen Cardinal athletes have qualified provisionally for the NCAA's which will be held May 30-June 2 at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Record Review

Six school records have already been broken this year ... Chad Wassink broke the 13-year old school record in the javelin with a career-best throw of 234-0 in the javelin at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/22) ... That broke the 1988 record of Dave Pickett at 233-11 ... Kathleen Donoghue broke the school record in the pole vault at 13-1 3/4) at the Mt. Sac Relays (4/21) ... Jessica Pluth broke the freshman record in the hammer with a toss of 187-0 at the Stanford Invitational (4-1) ... Pluth easily broke the previous record of 163-10 by Maggie Isaac in 1997 ... Pluths' effort is also third-best overall all-time at Stanford, and only three feet short of the school record of 190-0 by Maureen Onyeagbako in 1999 ... Jillian Camarena broke the freshman school record in the shot put with a throw of 52-7 at the Pomona-Pitzer Meet (4/20) ... Camarena's toss broke the 15-year old record of Patty Purpur (50-9 3/4) ... Camarena's shot put effort is fourth-best all-time overall at Stanford ... The 4 x one mile relay team not only won the Penn Relays championship but also broke the school record ... The team of Seth Hejny, Donald Sage, Jonathon Riley and Michael Stember raced to a victory in a time of 16:15.70, shattering the old school record of 16:23.16 in 1998 ... The women's 4 x 800 meter relay team of Ashley Couper, Lindsay Hyatt, Katie Hotchkiss and Maurica Carlucci set a school record with a time of 8:32.26 at the Penn Relays.

Top Times/Marks

Michael Ponikvar's leap of 7-3 1/2 in the high jump is #2 in the Cardinal record book ... Omer Inan's throw of 190-10 in the discus is third-best in the school record book ... Lauren Fleshman's time of 15:49.84 in the 5,000 meters is third all-time at Stanford ... Julie Tinker's career-best of 5,151 points in the heptathlon this year is also fourth-best in school history ... Lindsey Johnson's time of 13.91 in the 100 meter hurdles is fourth-best all-time at Stanford ... Leila Ben-Youssef has pole vaulted 11-11 3/4 this year which also is fourth-best in school history ... Jonathon Riley's time of 28:33.71 in the 10,000 meters is fifth-best all-time at Stanford ... Kim Stone's high jump of 5-10 1/2 is fourth all-time in school history ... Freshman Lillian Bush has run a 14.12 in the 100 meter hurdles this year, fifth-best in school history ... Milton Little's long jump effort of 25-4 3/4 is fifth-best in school history ... Jason Goff's decathlon point total of 7,216 is fifth-best in school history ... Freshman Stanley Wilson's times in the 100 meters and 200 meters have already reached the school's top-10 ... Wilson has run a 10.59 this year, seventh-best in school history, and his time of 21.40 in the 200 meters is tenth all-time ... Seth Hejny's time of 13:46.81 in the 5,000 meters is sixth-best all-time at Stanford ... Jayna Smith has run a 24.04 in the 200 meters this year, sixth-best in Stanford history ... Maurica Carlucci has run a 2:08.9 in the 800 meters this year, sixth-best ever at Stanford ... Julie Tinker has a mark of 19-9 in the long jump this year, sixth-best in school history ... Christy Von der Ahe is ranked seventh-best all-time at Stanford in the pole vault ... Freshman Lillian Bush scored 4,802 points in the heptathlon this year, also eighth-best in school history ... Nick Welihozkiy's toss of 201-4 in the hammer is tenth-best in school history.

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