Annual Big Meet Up Next for Golden Bears
April 28, 2003
BEARS COMPETE AT 109TH BIG MEET
The University of California's track and field teams compete against Stanford in the annual Big Saturday, May 3 at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus. This year marks the 109th running of the rivalry meet for the men's teams, and the 24th for the women's squads. In a departure from the norm, Stanford will hold the event in the early evening hours. Field events begin with the women's javelin at 3:50 p.m. and conclude with the women's discus at 7:35 p.m. The women's 3000 meter steeplechase starts the running events at 5 p.m., while the final gun of the day is the men's 4x400m relay at 8:30 p.m.
BIG MEET HISTORY
The Cal men lead the series with Stanford, 63-43-2, dating back to a 91-35 Golden Bear win in 1893. Stanford holds the edge on the women's side, 13-10. Both the Cardinal men and women have defeated the Bears the past two seasons. Last year, Stanford won the Big Meet 94-69 (men) and 101-62 (women). Cal's last victories against Stanford came in 2000 with win margins of 84-79 (men) and 83 2/3-79 1/3 (women). This season, both Stanford teams are ranked in the Top 10 of the April 22 Trackwire 25 poll. The women's squad is ranked eighth, while the men's team claims the No. 9 spot in the nation.
BIG MEET TO BE TELEVISED
Saturday's Big Meet will be broadcast on the College Sports Television network (channel 610-DirecTV). CSTV is a brand new network devoted solely to collegiate athletics and airs 24 hours a day. The broadcast time and date is to be determined. Check www.calbears.com for updates.
AT THE 2002 BIG MEET
At last year's Big Meet, the Golden Bears' men's team fell to Stanford for the first time in Berkeley since 1966. The Cardinal women's squad was also victorious. Despite the losses, Cal recorded 18 personal best performances and posted three of the six Big Meet records that were set. The most impressive of all the records set was Jennifer Joyce's win in the hammer, breaking her own Canadian and school record with a throw of 214-0.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
The Bears set numerous personal bests at the Cal Invitational, hosted in Berkeley last Friday-Saturday. Junior Deanna Slaton gave one of the more impressive performances, winning the 400m hurdles in a personal best time of 58.93. That time stands as the fourth fastest in Cal's history, and is the second fastest among Pac-10 performers this season. Sophomore Tamrya d'Artenay also turned in top-notch performances, winning both the hammer (156-10) and shot put events (45-11.75). Her shot put toss was her farthest this season and meets both NCAA and Pac-10 qualifying standards. On the men's side senior Joe Berro won the javelin throw (211-10) and sophomore David Glasgow was victorious in the high jump (6-7.5).
For the first time in 10 years, the California men's track and field team was represented at the 109th Penn Relays last Friday. The Golden Bears competed in the 4x100 meter and distance medley relays at the elite meet. Cal's 4x100 meter relay team of senior Nick Mazur, sophomore Toby Atawo, freshman Chris Boykin and sophomore Ricci Dula finished fourth in the sixth heat with a time of 41.43. The Bears' distance medley relay team of sophomores Carlos Carballo, Randy Fair, Girmay Guangul and freshman Kevin Davis finished in sixth place in the second heat with a time of 10:03.88.
UCSD TRITON INVITATIONAL
Sophomore Rhuben Williams finished fourth in the hammer with a peronal best throw of 200-7 at the Trition Invitational, hosted by the University of California, San Diego last weekend. That mark moved Williams to No. 4 on Cal's all-time best performances list in the hammer throw. Junior Tony Miranda also garnered a fourth-place finish in the discus (183-3). His top discus toss this season is 183-10.
TEAK WILBURN TIES CAL FRESHMAN HIGH JUMP RECORD
Freshman Teak Wilburn tied a Cal freshman record in the high jump (7-3.25) at the Mt. SAC Relays Apr. 19. That mark moves him into a sixth-place tie with Clarence Johnson on Cal's all-time best performances list and meets NCAA and Pac-10 postseason qualifying standards. That mark also puts him into a five-way tie for the second-best mark nationally. Wilburn is ranked fifth in the high jump in Trackwire's Apr. 22 Dandy Dozen List. The list is a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event. The factors used to build the D12 include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.
GIRMAY GUANGUL BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD IN 10,000m
Sophomore Girmay Guangul broke Cal's 10,000m record in a Pac-10 qualifying time of 29:17.78 at the Stanford Invitational Mar. 29. The previous record was 29:24.3, set by Rich McCann at the 1981 Mt. SAC Relays.
33 ATHLETES ALREADY POSSESS POSTSEASON QUALIFYING MARKS
In only five outdoor competitions to date, the Bears haven't wasted any time in accumulating Pac-10 qualifying times and marks, and three of those athletes can boast meeting conference qualifying standards in more than one event. The following is a list of athletes that have met postseason qualifying standards:
Name Event Best Mark Qualifying Standard MetWomenAntonette Carter Long Jump 19-2 Pac-10 100m 11.95w Pac-10 200m 24.32 Pac-10Lache Bailey 800m 2:08.48 NCAA/Pac-10Christy Borak 5,000m 17:16.97 Pac-10Stephanie Cowling 400mH 1:00.75 NCAA/Pac-10Tamrya d'Artenay Shot Put 45-11.75 NCAA/Pac-10Bridget Duffy 1500m 4:33.11 Pac-10Jacqueline Earls 100m 11.99 Pac-10April Holliverse 100mH 13.92 NCAA/Pac-10 400mH 1:01.18 NCAA/Pac-10Chloe Jarvis 400M 55.16 Pac-10 800m 2:09.96 NCAA/Pac-10Jenna Johnson Shot Put 48-7.25 NCAA/Pac-10Elzunia Lamb Long Jump 19-2 Pac-10Lindsey Maclise 1500m 4:33.23 Pac-10Mary Meyman 100mH 14.17 NCAA/Pac-10Danielle Navarre Pole Vault 12-5.5 NCAA/Pac-10Osarhiemen Omwanghe 100mH 13.94 NCAA/Pac-10 400mH 1:00.96 NCAA/Pac-10Abby Parker 3000mSC 10:50.42 NCAA/Pac-10Deanna Slaton 400mH 58.93 NCAA/Pac-10Leora Ward Pole Vault 12-5.5 NCAA/Pac-104X100m Relay(Earls, Omwanghe, Hawes, Carter) 46.09 NCAA4x400m Relay(Cowling, Jarvis, Omwanghe, Slaton) 3:38.38 NCAA
MenToby Atawo 100m 10.73 Pac-10 200m 21.26 Pac-10Joe Berro Javelin 217-9 NCAA/Pac-10 Discus 165-1 NCAATim Bogdanof 110mH 14.05 NCAA/Pac-10 400mH 52.42 NCAA/Pac-10Kevin Davis 3000mSC 9:06.16 NCAA/Pac-10Jason Gatewood Decathlon 6,910 Pac-10 High Jump 6-9 Pac-10Herman Gill High Jump 6-9.50 NCAA/Pac-10Bruce Giron Triple Jump 49-5.00 NCAA/Pac-10David Glasgow High Jump 6-10.75 NCAA/Pac-10Girmay Guangul 5,000m 14:24.17 NCAA/Pac-10 10,000m 29:17.78 Pac-10Tony Miranda Discus 183-10 NCAA/Pac-10Amin Nikfar Shot Put 58-11.50 NCAA/Pac-10Kurt Seefeld Discus 178-10 NCAA/Pac-10Teak Wilburn High Jump 7-3.25 NCAA/Pac-10Rhuben Williams Discus 168-6 NCAA Hammer 200-7 NCAA/Pac-10 Shot Put 59-8.50 NCAA/Pac-104x100m Relay(Mazur, Atawo, Boykin, Dula) 40.56 NCAA
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO DETERMINE NCAA QUALIFIERS IN NEW 2003 FORMAT
The qualifying standards for the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships has changed from years past, as for the first time ever, the NCAA will use Regional Championship meets to determine qualifying for the national meet. Stating a desire to place an emphasis on competition, rather than best marks, the NCAA Championships will draw the top-five finishers in each individual event, and top-three relay teams from each of the four regionals nationwide, to be contested May 30-31. Athletes will qualify for the Regional meets by meeting pre-determined NCAA standards. The NCAA will then round out the Championships field by selecting the highest-ranking indivdiuals (approximately six per individual event and five per relay) from the national collegiate performance lists, provided those athletes competed at their respective Regional meets and were not among the finishers to earn automatic NCAA berths. The lone exception to the Regional qualifying system will be the 10,000m and multi-events, which will not be subject to Regional competition. Athletes will continue to qualify for the NCAA Championships in those events as they have in the past, by meeting pre-determined provisional and automatic-qualifying standards. The west coast's Regional Qualifier will be hosted by Stanford.
UP NEXT FOR THE BEARS...
After this weekend, the Bears are a busy bunch, as athletes will compete in several different competitions on the weekend of May 9-11. The Cardinal Qualifier and Modesto Relays are held that weekend, and in Berkeley, Cal hosts the Challenge of Atlas & Athena-a heptathlon and decathlon meet. The Pac-10 Multi Championship is also that weekend, hosted by USC in Los Angeles.
2003 BIG MEET SCHEDULE-
Saturday, May 3
3:50 p.m. Women Javelin4:20 p.m. Men Hammer4:50 p.m. Men Long Jump4:55 p.m. Women Pole Vault5:00 p.m. Women Long Jump5:05 p.m. Men Javelin5:10 p.m. Men High Jump5:20 p.m. Men Shot Put5:35 p.m. Women Hammer6:20 p.m. Men Discus6:25 p.m. Women Shot Put6:40 p.m. Men Triple Jump6:55 p.m. Women Triple Jump7:05 p.m. Men Pole Vault7:20 p.m. Women High Jump7:35 p.m. Women Discus
5:00 p.m. Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase5:20 p.m. Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase5:40 p.m. Women 4 x 100 Meter Relay5:45 p.m. Men 4 x 100 Meter Relay5:50 p.m. Women 1500 Meters5:57 p.m. Men 1500 Meters6:10 p.m. Women 100 Meter Hurdles6:17 p.m. Men 110 Meter Hurdles6:25 p.m. Women 400 Meters6:30 p.m. Men 400 Meters6:35 p.m. Women 100 Meters6:40 p.m. Men 100 Meters6:45 p.m. Women 800 Meters6:50 p.m. Men 800 Meters7:00 p.m. Women 400 Meter Hurdles7:07 p.m. Men 400 Meter Hurdles7:15 p.m. Women 200 Meters7:20 p.m. Men 200 Meters7:25 p.m. Women 5000 Meters7:45 p.m. Men 5000 Meters8:05 p.m. Graduating Seniors Recognition Ceremony8:20 p.m. Women 4 x 400 Meter Relay8:30 p.m. Men 4 x 400 Meter Relay