Stanford Sweeps Big Meet

April 12, 2008

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    For the second consecutive season Stanford swept the Big Meet over California, this time doing it in Berkeley. The Cardinal men won the 114th running of the men's Big Meet by a score of 96-67, while the women won the 29th running of the women's Big Meet by a score of 87-76.

    The Big Meet is a rare scored dual meet that provides an exciting team competition not seen much in modern college track and field. The top three places are scored in each event with the winner earning five points, second place earning three, and third place earning one. In the relays only first place is awarded points.

    The highlight of the day for the men came in the 110 meter hurdles where Myles Bradley established a new school record with a time of 13.80 seconds. Bradley finished second in the race to Cal's Thomas Mack who ran a time of 13.74 seconds.

    Stanford also got an outstanding meet from freshman Andrew Dargie who took meet titles and established regional standards in both the 200 meters and 400 meters. Dargie was first in the 200 meters with a time of 21.31 seconds and in the 400 meters with a time of 46.53 seconds. The times also moved Dargie into eighth all-time in the 200 meters and fifth all-time in the 400 meters at Stanford.

    Also with two event wins was Tunji Munabi in the long jump and triple jump. Munabi won the long jump with a leap of 23-8 and the triple jumps with leaps of 47-5.

    Stanford earned big points in the pole vault by sweeping the top three positions. Casey Roche, Graeme Hoste and Benjamin Dickens finished first through third by each jumping 16-6 ¾. Dickens achieved a regional standard with his vault, while Roche and Hoste had already qualified earlier in the season.

    Earning a meet title and a regional standard in the 3,000 meter steeplechase was Chris Mocko with a time of 9:05.15.

    Stanford dominated the middle distance races as Michael Garcia won the 800 meters in a time of 1:51.18 and Russell Brown won the 1500 meters in a time of 3:43.19. Also performing well were Garrett Heath who finished third in the 1500 meters and achieved a regional standard with a time of 3:44.61 and Jacob Evans who set a personal best in the 800 meters and finished second with a time of 1:51.30.

    The only event winner in the throws was Kyle Davis-Hammerquist in the hammer with a toss of 192-1. Carter Wells also performed well finishing second with a personal best throw of 186-4.

    Other event winners for Stanford were Wopamo Osaisai in the 100 meters with a time of 10.60 seconds, Durell Coleman in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 54.55 seconds, and the Stanford 4x400 meter relay team that finished with a time of 3:10.92.

    The women's meet was much closer with Cal taking a brief lead after the 200 meters, the 15th event of the meet scored. However, Stanford responded with big points in the triple jump and the 3,000 meters to take control of the meet.

    The Cardinal were led by Indoor NCAA Champion in the triple jump, Erica McLain who competed in the jumps for the first time this outdoor season. McLain easily achieved an event win and a regional mark in the triple jump by jumping 45-3 on her first attempt and then passing the rest of the competition. McLain also added an event win and regional mark in the long jump with a leap of 20-10 ½.

    Arantxa King added two seconds in the long and triple jumps as the Cardinal dominated one of their top events. King's jump of 19-9 ½ in the long jump earned her a regional mark, while her leaps of 41-0 ½ fell just short in the triple jump. King also moved into sixth in the triple jump and tenth in the long jump on Stanford's all-time list.

    The Stanford distance crew showed their dominance by sweeping the top-four places in both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters. Lauren Centrowitz earned two event titles, winning the 1,500 in a time of 4:26.60 and the 3,000 in a time of 9:46.84.

    While Stanford did not sweep the 3,000 meter steeplechase they did earn a first and a third and two regional standards. Lindsay Allen won the event with a regional mark of 10:24.95, while Katie Harrington finished third with a regional time of 10:37.78.

    The Stanford women throwers also played a huge role in the Stanford victory in the Big Meet. The Cardinal had the top finisher in all four throwing events contested.

    In the discus Michaela Wallerstedt earned a regional mark in winning the event with a toss of 156-6. Also winning throwing events for Stanford were Jaynie Goodbody in the hammer with a toss of 187-11, Danielle Maier in the javelin with a throw of 163-2, and Melissa Yunghans in the shot put with a heave of 48-10 ¼.

    Stanford will now turn its attention to the Mt. SAC Relays held next Fri.-Sun. Apr. 18-20 in Walnut, Calif. Stanford will also send athletes to the Woody Wilson Invitational in Davis, Calif. on Saturday, Apr. 19.

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