Cal Hosts Stanford in 108th Big Meet
April 29, 2002
BEARS HOSTS BIG MEET:
California looks to avenge last year's losses to Stanford on The Farm when the Golden Bears host the Cardinal Saturday, May 4, in the 108th Big Meet at Edwards Stadium. This is Cal's final home meet this year. Competition begins at 10:30 a.m., with the men's hammer. The women's 3000mSC kicks off the running events at 1 p.m. There will be a ceremony honoring Cal's and Stanford's seniors at 3:50 p.m., prior to the final events - the men's and women's 4x400m relays. The meet is scored 5-3-1 for individual events and 5-0 for the relays.
BIG MEET HISTORY:
The Cal men lead the series with Stanford, 63-42-2, dating back to a 91-35 Cal win in 1893. Stanford holds the edge on the women's side, 12-10. The Cardinal swept the Big Meet last year - 82-81 (men) and 101.5-60.5 (women). The Cal men won 25-straight Big Meets from 1972-96. Cal's returning Big Meet champions are: Jelani Hogg (400m, probable hamstring), Bubba McLean (PV), Vincent Ibia (TJ, questionable injury), Rhuben Williams (shot put, out with injury), Lauren Dudugjian (high jump), Shawna Adkins (TJ) and Jennifer Joyce (hammer). Cal also returns members of last year's three victorious relays - men's 4x100m, men's 4x400m and women's 4x400m.
CAL OPEN IN REVIEW:
Cal won a combined 11 events at its own Cal Open Saturday at Edwards Stadium. The Bear women claimed six events at the non-scored meet. The highlight of the meet for Cal was senior Bubba McLean winning the pole vault with a season-best, NCAA provisional mark of 17-7 on his final attempt. That mark is tied for 11th in the nation and should give him a shot to repeat as an All-American in the pole vault. Junior Joe Berro claimed the javelin throw by bettering his previous PR by about six feet to 213-0. Freshman Jennifer Ladouceur won the discus with a PR and Pac-10 qualifying mark of 158-9, an improvement of 13 feet, nine inches.
JOYCE, RUSSELL EXCEL AT UC SAN DIEGO OPEN:
Throwers Jennifer Joyce and Sheni Russell traveled to the UC San Diego Open meet looking to experience its famous throwing winds, and that's exactly what happened. Both improved upon their NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the discus. Joyce, a senior, finished fifth with a distance of 178-3, which is the third-best mark in the country and No. 2 on Cal's all-time list. Her previous best was 164-7. Russell, a junior, placed eighth and upped her PR from 172-0 to 174-7, which is No. 8 in the country and No. 4 all-time at Cal. Joyce, who is Cal's school-record holder and No. 2 in the nation in the hammer, also won her sixth hammer throw competition of the season with an NCAA automatic mark of 203-8.
CAL WOMEN RANKED NO. 20 IN THE NATION:
The Cal women are ranked No. 20 in the latest Trackwire Top 25 released April 23. The Stanford men are tied for third, while the Cardinal women are tied for No. 25.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Joe Berro only started throwing the javelin about a year ago and already ranks third on Cal's modern era javelin list.
- Six of Cal's nine NCAA qualifying marks/times are from seniors.
- Junior Leora Ward (pole vault) finished the Los Angeles Marathon in 1998.
- Senior distance runner Erin Belger is a talented artist and hopes to join her parents as 800m national champions.
- Senior All-American pole vaulter Bubba McLean fishes for salmon in Alaska during the summer and has tales to tell about run-ins with grizzly bears.