Stanford Tops Cal in Big Meet
April 18, 2009
Although California fell to Stanford in the 115th annual Big Meet on Saturday at Stanford, the Golden Bears produced multiple strong performances. The Stanford men edged the Cal men, 83-80, while the Cardinal women topped the Bears, 92-71.
'This was a great meet,' said director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'It went back and forth. The score does not reflect the closeness of the meet. The men's competition was really going back and forth. We had a lot of people really step up today, and you have to take your hat off to Stanford.'
Senior Katie Morgan and junior Ryan Young both set Big Meet records. Morgan, the defending NCAA pole vault champion, took top honors with a jump of 13-6.50 (4.13m). Morgan won the event in a jump-off vs. Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi that took 15 jumps in order to find a winner. Morgan set the Big Meet record last year, as well. Young broke the previous Big Meet record in the javelin, which was set in 1931, with his throw of 224-10 (68.52m). The old record was 221-7 by Cal's Kenneth Churchill.
The Bears won four other field events: the men's and women's high jump, men's shot put and men's pole vault. In the men's pole vault, Cal swept all the top four spots with Ryan Shuler winning the event with a mark of 16-7.50 (5.07m), a new season best for Shuler. Senior Inika McPherson won the high jump with her mark of 6-0.0 (1.83m), and freshman Brian Carmichael took first in the men's high jump (6-06.75, 2.00m). Sophomore Patrick Kowalsky won the men's shot put with his throw of 55-11.00 (17.04m).
Highlighting the running events for Cal was the women taking the top three spots in the 400 and the 400-meter hurdles. In the 400-meter dash, senior Brook Turner won the event with her time of 54.42. Fellow senior Kandi Bonty took second at 54.97 and sophomore Kayla Dixon came in third (56.32). In the 400-meter hurdles, Evelyn Smith took top honors, clocking in at 1:00.92, while Shannon Forbes took second at 1:01.85 and Natalya Beneby came in third (1:02.01). Also a strong point on the day for Cal was sweeping all four relays.
Sophomore Cherrelle Garrett won both the 100 and the 200 for the third time this season. She clocked a personal-best time of 11.34 in the 100. That time ranks second in school history and was just shy of a new Big Meet record. In the 200, she crossed the finish line at 23.81. Another victory in the sprints for the Bears came from senior Kellan Patterson who won the 100 at 10.60.
The Bears compete next week in its second home meet of the season, the Brutus Hamilton Invitational from April 24-25 at Edwards Stadium.