Track and Field Competes In 107th-Annual Big Meet

April 30, 2001

BERKELEY - CAL VISITS STANFORD FOR BIG MEETCalifornia travels to Stanford Sat., May 5, for the 107th-edition of the Big Meet at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Field events begin at 3 p.m., with the men's hammer and the women's javelin. Track events kick off with the women's 3000mSC at 4 p.m. The day ends with the men's 4x400m relay at 7:20 p.m.

BIG MEET HISTORYOn the men's side, Cal holds a commanding 63-41-2 advantage and has won three-straight duals and 28 of the last 29. The Bears won the first Big Meet in 1893, 91-35. The Stanford women lead the series 11-10 but lost to the Bears last year, 83 2/3-79 1/3, marking the first time since 1996 that Cal swept both the men's and women's duals with Stanford. Cal won the first Big Meet for the women in 1980, 113 1/2-28 1/2. While the Bear women clinched the 2000 meet with a couple of events remaining, the men's race came down to the final event, the 4x400m relay, with the score tied 79-79 and five points on the line for the team title. Cal's Wayne Boddy handed the baton off to anchor Chuck Berkeley with a slight lead, which Berkeley extended and hung on for a 3:14.52 to 3:15.47 win.

2000 CAL INDIVIDUAL DEFENDING BIG MEET CHAMPSReturning to defend last year's Big Meet individual titles for Cal are: LaShaun Ward (100m), Aaron Ellis (400mH), Robert Kennedy (long jump) and Garrett Collier (hammer). Jerriod Mack is the defending champion in the triple jump but is not expected to compete this week due to a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined the last several weeks. Looking to repeat as Big Meet champions for the Cal women are: Zhauntel Holman (200m), Shavonne Jennings (400m), Erin Belger (800m), Tifany Barnett (high jump), Maria Lopez (pole vault), Dana Lawson (shot put, discus) and Jennifer Joyce (hammer). April Holliverse (quad), Reynda King (tore hamstring at Cal/Nevada) and Missy Vanek (stress fracture) are not available to defend their titles in the hurdles, horizontal jumps and javelin, respectively, due to injuries.

BEAR MEN WIN CALIFORNIA/NEVADA CROWN, WOMEN SECONDThe Cal men rallied from its second-place standing after the first day of competition to squeak out a 127-125.33 victory over UCLA at the eighth-annual California/Nevada State Championship. The Bear women, who led after the first day, finished second with 83.67 points, and San Diego State took top honors with 110.

BEARS POSTS EIGHT FIRST PLACE FINISHES AT CAL/NEVADACal posted a host of outstanding performances at the California/Nevada state meet, including a combined eight first-place finishes. Bear men's victories came from Rhuben Williams (shot put, PR: 60-6.75), Bubba McLean (pole vault, 17-1), Robert Kennedy (long jump, 25-1.25), Garrett Collier (hammer, 195-9), Bolota Asmerom (1500m, 3:47.78) and the 4x100m relay. The long jump title was the second at the annual meet for Kennedy, who is only a sophomore. On the women's side, first-place finishes came from Dana Lawson (discus, PR: 173-0) and Marielle Schlueter (3000mSC, PR: 10:44.95).

NEWS OF NOTECal has three NCAA automatic qualifiers this season and 11 provisional times/marks this the California/Nevada meet, Rhuben Williams recorded PRs in the shot put, discus and hammer...Marielle Schlueter reset her school record in the 3000mSC at Cal/Nevada...Bolota Asmerom's 13:31.88 school record in the 5000m this year ranks second in the country among collegians.

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