Big Meet Press Luncheon

May 1, 2001


Associate Director of Cal Track and Field Tony Sandoval
Last year, coaches that attended the Cardinal Invitational (the day before) stayed for the Big Meet. Afterwards, they all commented what a great experience it was and were envious that we had this great event called the Big Meet.

There's something special about doing something for your school. The Cal-Stanford rivalry embodies the whole Bay Area and the state of California to a certain extent. We're pretty excited about what's going to happen this weekend.

As coaches, we're fortunate that we've been here long enough. It happens year after year. It's the emotional apex of our season. Certainly Pac-10s and nationals are important individually. In terms of the whole team, there's nothing like the Big Meet. In recent years with Vinny's (Stanford coach) leadership here, instead of it being a one-sided affair, it's become very competitive.

I know that alumni and fans and everyone else associated with track clears their calendars that day. Time kind of stops for a little bit to have the Cal-Stanford meet. We're excited that the meet now is a twighlight meet. It gives those people that might have conflicts with their families or other meets, a chance to watch this meet.

Cal Fifth-Year Senior Captain Wayne Boddy (200m and 400m)
I've had some of my better races at the Big Meet. Two years ago when it was held at Stanford, I PR'd in the 400m and broke the 48 barrier for the first time. I also won the 200m and anchored the 4x100. The three Big Meets I've competed in I've had about five or six PRs.

The meet has been pretty close the last couple of years. The excitement comes from how close it will be.

The 400m is a tough race. It's just as much mentally challenging as it is physically. It took me awhile to tackle the race and go after it from start to finish.

Cal Freshman Rhuben Williams (shot put, discus and hammer)
I'm hoping to come out and have a good day. Last year on my recruiting trip to Cal, I came up the weekend of the Big Meet. I got to watch Cal win the Big Meet last year. I'm coming off a good performance last weekend. I'm hoping to stay consistent and do well and hopefully get Pac-10 qualifying marks in my other two events (hammer and discus).

I'm excited to experience the Big Meet first hand this year, instead of sitting on the sidelines and watching.

It meant a lot (to get a 60-foot throw in the shot put last weekend). I'd been struggling a little bit earlier in the year. I'd been having some meets where I'd warm up very big but wouldn't get the mark in competition. This is the first time I've been able to put a better throw together and get it in the ring in competition. It felt very good. I was extremely excited.

I don't want to speculate (on this weekend) too much. If I can go out there and perform consistently, I should be able to score in the top three in each of my events.

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