Golden Bears Host the 112th Annual Big Meet
April 19, 2006
IN THE STARTING BLOCKS:
The California track and field team will host Stanford for the 112th Big Meet at Edwards Stadium on Saturday, April 22. Last week, the Golden Bears hosted the ninth annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal.
A QUICK LOOK AT CALIFORNIA:
Several Golden Bears set regional qualifying marks at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational last weekend. Senior Antonette Carter again put on an impressive performance on Saturday. The two-time All-American won the 100m with her regional qualifying time of 11.46. Carter also finished second in the 200m with her regional qualifying time of 23.36. Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe won the 110m hurdles with her regional qualifying time of 13.86. Omwanghe also set her personal best in the 200m with her time of 25.17. Sophomore Alysia Johnson secured a regional qualifying mark in the 800m in her first run this outdoor season with a time of 2:07.38. In the women's field events, freshman sensation Emilee Strot set a new freshman school record in the discus and won the competition with a regional qualifying mark of 174-06 (53.81m). Junior Carrie Johnson won the hammer throw with her regional qualifying mark of 182-02 (55.52m) and junior Kelechi Anyanwu won the shot put with her regional qualifying mark of 48-022.50 (14.64). Strot finished in second behind Anyanwu in the shot put with her regional qualifying mark of 47-08.50 (14.54m). In the triple jump freshman Artensia Young also finished second with her regional qualifying mark of 40-06.7 (12.36m). In the men's 800m sophomore Alex McClary came in second behind Washington's Austin Abbott with his regional qualifying mark of 1:49.76. In the hotly contested men's javelin throw, the defending Pac-10 javelin champion junior Paul Teinert finished second with a regional qualifying mark of 228-10 (69.76m). This weekend the focus turns to the 112th Big Meet as Cal takes on Stanford in one of the hottest and longest rivalries in collegiate history.
A GLANCE AT THE 112th Big Meet:
Cal will host Stanford at Edward's Stadium for the 112th Big Meet on Saturday, April 22. The competition ranks among the nation's oldest sports rivalries and even though it was inaugurated in 1892, the same year of the first Big Game against Stanford, the Big Game will only see its 108th gathering this year. Despite the comfortable rankings by both Cal teams, neither can simply expect to win as the Big Meet has a history of emotional upsets and outrageously unpredictable performances. The Cal men took back the title from Stanford in 2004 after the Cardinal ran a three-year win streak from 2001-03. The loss in 2002 marked the first time Stanford had won at Cal since the 60s. Before the 2002 loss, the Cardinal beat Cal in 1997 by one point to snap a 25-year win streak by the Golden Bears. The men's series currently stands with Cal leading 64-44. On the women's side, Stanford currently leads the series 16-10 with the last five wins going to the Cardinal. The five-year drought means that none of the current athletes on the Cal women's team can boast a Big Meet win thus far.
MAJOR CAL BIG MEET HIGHLIGHTS & QUOTES:
1893 The first Big Meet was held at the Olympic Club Grounds in San Francisco.
1941 Grover Klemmer (Cal), a world record holder, set a meet record of 47.6 in the 440y.
1991 Chris Huffins (Cal), an Olympic decathlon bronze medalist, set a meet record of 26-1 ½ in the long jump.
1995 ``This meet is the emotional highlight of our season,'' Cal coach Tony Sandoval said. ``People step up and this becomes their signal performance at Cal . . . and it's certainly true at Stanford, too.''
1997 'I've never been a rah-rah guy,' Cal pole vaulter Clarence Phelps said. 'I don't get into loyalty too much. But over the years this meet has grown in significance in my life. I want to win this meet. I don't want to be a member of the class that lost to Stanford.'
2004 'Tensions can be pretty high,'' Cal coach Chris Huffins said. 'We look forward to a spirited competition. When a Cardinal team and a Golden Bear team go against each other, the contest always seems to be more evenly matched than it is on paper.''
Last weekend was the first time senior Antonette Carter ran in the 100m and 200m this season. At the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, the two-time All-American won the 100m with her regional qualifying time of 11.46. The senior was only three one-hundredths of a second off her school-record time of 11.43 set last season at the Pac-10 Championships. Carter also finished second in the 200m with her regional qualifying time of 23.36. This was the fastest season-opening time for the native of Concord, Calif., in both the 100m and 200m. Last season Carter set the school record in the 100m (11.43) at the Pac-10 Championships at UCLA. Carter earned All-American honors in the 200m last year at the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish and set the Cal outdoor school record in the 200m with a time of 23.06.
This past weekend redshirt freshman Emilee Strot continued her strength in the throwing events at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Strot set a new freshman school record in the discus and won the competition with her mark of 174-06 (53.81m). The mark was also a regional qualifying mark for Strot. In the shot put, Strot finished second with a regional qualifying mark of 47-08.50 (14.54m). Earlier this season, Strot broke both the Cal freshman school record and the outdoor school record in the javelin at the Hornet Invitational. Strot threw 152-10, breaking Laura Baker's freshman record of 134-10 from 1989 and breaking Brooke Meredith's outdoor school record of 148-00 set in 2004.
Alysia Johnson has opened up her sophomore track season right where she left off last season. The Canyon Country, Calif., native posted a regional qualifying time of 2:07.38 in the 800m at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational last weekend. This was Johnson's first run this outdoor season in the 800m. Last weekend she also had an impressive run in the women's 4x400m relay with a split time of 52.52. The women's relay team won the race with a time of 3:44.44. The two-time All-American sophomore has been strong all season, competing in the MPSF Indoor Championships in February and posting a new school record in the 800m with a time of 2:05.52. Her personal best in the event is 2:05.49. The sophomore matched her personal best 2:05.49 in the preliminary round of the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. Johnson went into the finals with the third best time. In the finals, Johnson was timed at 2:06.42 to finish third. Johnson earned All-American status with her finish.
GOING THE DISTANCE:
The men's 800m distance runners had an outstanding weekend at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational last weekend. Sophomore Alex McClary finished second in the race behind Washington's Austin Abbott with a regional qualifying mark of 1:49.76. Freshman Sean Carey finished one spot below McClary in third with his personal best of 1:52.12 and Eric Lee finished fourth with his personal best time of 1:53.35.
Last weekend defending Pac-10 javelin champion junior Paul Teinert finished second in the javelin behind All-American Keron Francis of Boise State. Teinert had a regional qualifying mark of 228-10 (69.76m). Teinert made his initial debut in the javelin at the Hornet Invitational three weeks ago. Teinert finished second in the event behind teammate Ryan Young, with his throw of 230-07. Teinert now ranks third in the nation in the javelin. Last season, Teinert was the Pac-10 champion in the javelin and set Cal's outdoor school record in the event with his throw of 235-11 at the Pac-10 Championships last year in Los Angeles. The mark is also the atop Cal's All-time list. Teinert went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, eventually earning All-American honors with his seventh-place finish.
Sophomore sensation Ed Wright continued his success in the high jump last weekend at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Wright finished first with a mark of 6-08.75 (2.05m). This matches his mark at the Stanford Invitational just two weeks ago when he finished fifth. During the indoor season in early February at the Tyson Invitational, Wright jumped a season-best 6-11.75 (2.13m) to finish seventh in the event.
Junior Kelechi Anyanwu continued her success in the shot put this past weekend at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Anyanwu won the shot put with her regional qualifying mark of 48-022.50 (14.64). Already this season Anyanwu opened her junior outdoor season with a successful outing at both the Johnny Mathis Invitational and the Bay Area Blast Off. At the Johnny Mathis Invitational, Anyanwu won the shot put with her mark of 47-10, and the discus with her throw of 159-08. At the Bay Area Blast Off, Anyanwu won the women's shot put with a mark of 47-09 (14.55m) and continued her success in the discus, posting a 150-10 (45.97m) to win the competition. The San Jose, Calif., native posted a 45-04.50 (13.83m) in the shot put in early February at the Husky Classic, posting the Bears' second-best mark of the season.
RELAYING THE MESSAGE:
At the Texas Relays the Golden Bears covered the relays part. The women's 4 x 200m relay team of freshmen Kristin Holmes and Kandi Bonty, along with seniors Tiffany Johnson and Antonette Carter set a school record in the event with their time of 1:35.79. The time gave them a fourth-place finish. The Cal 4 x 100m relay team of seniors Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Carter, Holmes and senior Tiffany Johnson was clocked at the California school's second-best time, 44.99. The 4 x 400m relay team of sophomores Brook Turner and Alysia Johnson, freshman Mackenize Pierce and Artensia Young was clocked with the time of 3:40.22. On the men's side, the distance medley relay team of sophomores Alex and Andy McClary, senior Nestor Solis and freshman Mark Matusak finished fourth with its time of 9:51.18. The women's 4 x 400m team of Turner, Pierce, Holmes and sophomore All-American Alysia Johnson was clocked with a regional qualifying mark of 3:37.04. This time ranks second on Cal's all-time list, but just fell short of the qualifying mark for Saturday's final. The women's sprint medley team of seniors Tiffany Johnson and Carter, freshman Tifani Grimes and sophomore Alysia Johnson finished third among 16 teams with a school-best time of 3:48.13. The men's 4 x 400m relay team of Solis, senior Randy Fair, sophomore Jonathan Suddaby and freshman Jake Hanson finished fifth in its respective heat with a season-best time of 3:11.99.
LAST OUTDOOR SEASON:
The Bears completed their 2005 season with a number of outstanding performances from both the men's and women's teams in the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships. In the Pac-10 Championships Paul Teinert posted a lifetime best in winning the javelin and senior Chloe Jarvis was the Pac-10 champion in the 800m. Both Teinert and Antonette Carter set school records at the Pac-10 Championships in the men's javelin and women's 100m. The men finished in eighth place with 60.5 points and the women finished fifth with 82 points. Head coach Chris Huffins sent an impressive 15 athletes to the national championships, the most since his short tenure began in 2003. On the men's side the athletes that competed in the NCAA Championships included javelin throwers Adam Burgh and Teinert, 800m runner Alex McClary, senior co-captain David Glasgow and senior All-American shot put thrower Rhuben Williams. The women sent 10 athletes to the NCAAs including Jarvis, Carter, Shannan Hawes, Whitney Schmucker, Alysia Johnson, Cassandra Strickland, Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Elzunia Lamb, Tiffany Johnson, and Brooke Meredith. Carter won All-American honors in the long jump, marking Huffins' first All-American as a coach at Cal and his first female All-American athlete. Carter's fifth-place finish in the 200m earned her second All-American honor of the meet. On the men's side, Teinert's seventh-place finish in the javelin earned him All-American honors, marking Huffins' first male All-American athlete at Cal. Glasgow finished 11th in the high jump ending his career at Cal with his first All-American honors. The Cal's women team ended up finishing 29th with nine points and Cal's men finished 60th with two points scored by Teinert. Five more Cal athletes earned junior All-American honors at the 2005 U.S. Nationals including Missy Faubus and Emilee Strot in the shot put, Alysia Johnson in the 800m, Tifani Grimes in the heptathlon and Chris Chavez in the 5000m.
GOOD AND PLENTY:
In a recent issue of Track and Field News, the magazine previewed collegiate athletes. On the Cal women's side senior Antonette Carter ranked No. 8 in the 100m, No. 12 in the 200m and No. 4 in the long jump. Sophomore Alysia Johnson was ranked No. 16 in the 800m, while freshman Inika McPherson was ranked No. 4 in the high jump and was given the nod for top freshman in the nation. For the men, junior Paul Teinert was ranked No. 5 in the javelin and junior Teak Wilburn ranked No. 7 in the high jump.
OUTDOOR RECORD SETTING:
Three meets into the outdoor season Cal has broken outdoor school records and freshman school records. Freshman Ryan Young's javelin throw of 232-10 broke the freshman school record set by Adam Burgh in 2004 (200-40) at the Hornet Invitational. Redshirt freshman Emilee Strot broke both the freshman school record and the outdoor school record in the javelin at the Hornet Invitational. Strot threw 152-10, breaking Laura Baker's freshman record of 134-10 from 1989 and breaking Brooke Meredith's outdoor school record set in 2004 of 148-00. Strot also broke the freshman school record in the discus at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a mark of 174-06 (53.81m). At the Texas Relays, the women's 4 x 200m relay team of freshmen Kristin Holmes and Kandi Bonty, and seniors Tiffany Johnson and Antonette Carter set a school record in the event with a time of 1:35.79.
INDOOR RECORD SETTING:
California is off to a hot start. During the indoor season the team rewrote several of the school's indoor records. Senior Antonette Carter set school records in the 60m (7.33) at the Arizona-California Challenge and the 200m (23.81) at the MPSF Championships. Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe broke the 60 hurdles record with her time of 8.31 at the Husky Classic. Omwanghe had set the previous 60m hurdles' record two weeks prior. Senior Bridget Duffy broke the school record in the mile (4:49.04) and in the 3000m (9:39.26) at the MPSF Championships and sophomore Alex McClary broke his own indoor record in the 800m at the Alex Wilson Invitational after he was clocked at 1:49.71 in South Bend, Ind. At the UW Indoor Invitational, the Cal men's distance medley team broke the school record (9:42.31) and women's (11:28.96) distance medley team set a new school record at the MPSF Championships. Junior Teak Wilburn broke the indoor high jump, with his 7-3.75 from the Tyson Invitational. Sophomores Alysia Johnson broke Chloe Jarvis record in the 800m at the MPSF Championships with her time of 2:05.52, then broke her own record in the prelims at the NCAA Indoor Championships (2:05.49). Rebecca Yau set a new school record in the 5000m after she was clocked at 16:52.66. Also at the MPSF Championships, junior set a new school record in the 3000m (14:13.60).
After successfully competing as a Golden Bears athlete in the early 1990s, Chris Huffins returned to Cal Oct. 16, 2002, as Director and Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country programs. In the last three years, the Huffins-led Bears have sent more athletes to the NCAA Championships than in any other three-year span (12 in 2003,13 in 2004, and 15 in 2005), and he has overseen 14 All-American honors. Huffins has also witnessed Cal history books rewritten, as there have been 12 new Cal school records and six new freshman records set, which bodes very well for the future. Most impressively, Huffins saw five current Golden Bears compete at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif. In 2005, two of Huffins' athletes were ranked in the top 10 in the country by Track and Field News. Antonette Carter was ranked No. 8 in the long jump and Paul Teinert ranked ninth in the javelin. Huffins has seen the team dramatically improve its conference position since he inherited the program. Prior to this season, the women have had their highest Pac-10 team finish in history two years in a row, finishing in fifth place at the conference championships in 2004 and 2005, up four places from 2003. The Golden Bears men's team has moved up to seventh, in the tough Pac-10 conference, having weathered a few key injuries over the last two years. Indoors however, the men have been second and third in the 2004 and 2005 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Huffins has also nurtured the development of the true student-athlete, evidenced by more than 60 Pac-10 All-Academic honors that his athletes have earned since 2003. The future looks bright for Huffins and his Golden Bears, was the 2004 incoming freshman recruiting class was ranked No. 1 and the 2005 class was ranked No. 5 in the country, by Track & Field News. Prior to taking the reigns at Cal, Huffins was an assistant coach for six years.Huffins is assisted by Ed Miller (field events-multi-events), Tony Sandoval (head cross country coach), Phil McMullen (pole vault-high jump-multi events), Bryan Fetzer (sprints-hurdles) and Jennifer Joyce (throws).
Long considered one of the finest track and field facilities in the world, the University of California's Edwards Stadium has a legacy unmatched in collegiate track and field. Not only has the facility been host to some of the best individual performances in the sport's history, but Edwards Stadium also stands in one of the most beautiful settings in the nation, with panoramic views of the Berkeley Hills and Strawberry Canyon to the east, and the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline to the west. Over the years, Edwards Stadium has witnessed 12 world records, 26 American records and 24 collegiate records. The first world record set in the stadium was also history's first 15-foot pole vault, by Cornelius 'Dutch' Warmerdam in 1940. The last world mark to fall in Berkeley was in 1978, as Washington State's Henry Rono clocked 13:06.4 in the 5,000-meter run. On a cinder surface in 1966 - before a Tartan all-weather surface was added in 1977 - a University of Kansas freshman by the name of Jim Ryun clocked a remarkable 3:51.3 mile.
The Cal track and field team will travel next to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays on April 28-29 at Drake Stadium.