Cal Renews Rivalry with Stanford in the Big Meet

April 7, 2008

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Bears Ready To Host Stanford
The California track and field team will host the Big Meet against Stanford, Saturday, April 12, at Edwards Stadium. The Big Meet is the second of three home meets for the Golden Bears during the 2008 campaign. Saturday's meet marks the 114th meeting between the Cal and Stanford men and the 29th meeting between the Cal and Stanford women. The Cal women are currently ranked No. 21, while the Stanford women are No. 11. The Cardinal men are also ranked No. 21.
Live stats for the day's coverage can be found here.

Cal is coming off a successful busy week, as it participated in the Texas Relays, Stanford Invitational and, its first home meet of the season, the Cal Multi Event.

Mills-Bunje and Holmes Lead Cal at Multis
Cal had two Bears finish in the top three at the two-day Cal Multi Event last weekend. Redshirt freshman Kyle Mills-Bunje took second in the decathlon with 6,410 points. Junior Kristin Holmes took third in the heptathlon with 4,672 points. Also competing in the heptathlon was freshman Dantia Hudson who came in eighth overall (3,807 points).
In the heptathlon, Holmes led the way for the Bears. She recorded a long jump score of 18-4 (5.59m) and a javelin mark of 77-9.25 (23.70m). In first-day action in the 200 meters, Holmes came in second overall with a PR of 24.81. Holmes also took second in the shot put.
Mills-Bunje took second in the pole vault, recording a mark of 14-7.25 (4.45m). During the first day, he recorded a new personal best in the high jump, notching a 6-5.00 (1.96m), taking third in the event. He also took second in the long jump with a mark of 6.83 meters.

Bears Put Up Strong Showing at Stanford and Texas
At last weekend's Stanford Invitational, Cal took home two first-place finishes from senior Ed Wright, who won the high jump (7-2.50, 2.20m), and sophomore Patrick Kowalsky, who claimed top honors in the shot put (54-0.50, 16.47m). In addition to the success of Wright and Kowalsky, senior Chris Chavez and junior Mark Matusak also turned in strong performances. Matusak recorded an NCAA regional-qualifying time in the 1500, clocking in at 3:45.85. Matusak placed ninth in the event. Chavez set a new personal best in the 5000 at 14:14.61.
Highlighting the women's team for the Bears at the Stanford Invitational was sophomore Rowena Tam. Tam led the Bears in the 5000, taking ninth overall and clocking a new personal-best time of 17:01.31.
At the Texas Relays, junior Martin Maric set Cal's fifth-best discus mark in school history. Sophomore Kimyon Broom took seventh in the final of the 100-meter hurdles, and clocked a new PR in the event, posting a regional-qualifying time of 13.54.
Junior Jake Hanson also set a new PR in the 400-meter hurdles, taking fifth overall with a regional qualifying time of 51.08. Junior Evelyn Smith also earned a new personal best in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Smith took fifth overall with a time of 60.02. Her time was also an NCAA regional-qualifying mark. Sophomore Ryan Young tallied a regional-qualifying mark in the javelin. Young took sixth overall with his score of 225-07 (68.76m).

Last Year's Big Meet
Despite suffering defeat last year, Cal posted 17 regional-qualifying marks; Alysia Johnson set a Big Meet record in the 800 with a regional-qualifying time of 2:03.43. She surpassed the old meet record of former Cal star Louise Romo, who ran a 2:04.10 in 1984. Thomas Mack collected individual wins in the 100-meter dash (wind-aided 10.57), 110-meter hurdles (wind-aided 13.95) and 200-meter dash (lifetime-best 21.62) and led off the Bears' winning 4x100-meter relay (41.34). That relay, which included Jake Hanson, Jonathan Suddaby and Steven Conrad, won in 41.34 to beat Stanford by one hundredth of a second. Eventual NCAA champion Kelechi Anyanwu won the shot put in a lifetime best and regional-qualifying 50-7.50, which placed her fourth on Cal's all-time list. She also won the discus in a regional-qualifying mark of 180-11. Other Cal winners included Ed Wright in the high jump with a mark of 7-0.50, Carrie Johnson in the hammer (204-11), Brook Turner in the 400 meters (54.40) and Inika McPherson in the high jump (5-10.75).

Regional Qualifiers
Cal currently has 18 NCAA regional qualifers, with 12 of them coming at the Sacramento State Nike Elite meet back on March 29. Some of the regional qualifiers include, 2007 All-American Ed Wright (high jump), senior Craig Kent who has qualified in both the shot put and the discus, freshman pole vaulter Allison Stokke who set the all-time school record in the event at 13-3.50 (4.05m) and the Cal women's 4x100-meter relay consisting of Kimyon Broom, junior Kandi Bonty, freshman Kayla Dixon and freshman Cherrelle Garrett.

Up Next
Following the Big Meet, Cal has next week off. The Bears will host their third and final meet of the season in two weeks. The Brutus Hamilton Invitational will take place from April 25-26 at Edwards Stadium.

Did You Know
Sophomore Michael Coe's cousin, Kirk McConnell, played water polo at Stanford from 2003-05. Coe's sister, Danielle, currently attends Cal.

Interim Director of Track and Field Tony Sandoval
Tony Sandoval, a familiar name in San Francisco Bay Area track and field circles, continues his 26th year of association with the California track and field program and his first as the interim Director of Track and Field, after serving numerous seasons as the associate director of track and field. Sandoval previously served 10 years as Cal's head women's coach prior to the merger of the men's and women's programs into a single entity.

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