Olympic, International, National Track & Field Elite Athletes Compete at Cardinal Invitational
April 30, 2002
Cardinal InvitationalFriday, May 3, 2002 (Field Events-4:00 p.m.; Running Events-5:45 p.m.)Cobb Track & Angell Field
The Big Meet (Stanford vs California, 108th meet for men, 23rd meet for women)Saturday, May 4, 2002 (Field Events-10:30 a.m.; Running Events-1:00 p.m.)Edwards Stadium, University of California
One of the top track & field meets in the country will be held on the Stanford campus on Friday (May 3) with the Cardinal Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field ... The highlight of the meet could be the women's 10,000 meters where several athletes are aiming for Lynn Jennings' American record of 31:19.89 ... The field includes Deena Drossin, Elva Dryer, Jen Rhines, Kim Fitchen, Marie Davenport and Nicole Jefferson ... Drossin has emerged as the top women's distance runner in the United States ... Drossin is the the two-time U.S. 10,000 meter champion and six-time United States cross country champion ... In early April, Drossin set a world record of 14:54 in the women's 5,000 meters at the Carlsbad 5,000 road race in San Diego ... In March, Drossin finished second at the World Cross Country Championships in Ireland ... Dryer, who competed in the World Championships last year, produced the fastest time in the 5,000 meters by an American woman last year ... In 2001, Rhines ranked second in the United States in the 10,000 meters ... Fitchen has the nation's fastest time in the 10,000 meters (32:18.82) this year which she set at the Stanford Invitational ... Several international stars will be competing against the talented American contingent ... That list includes Japan's Yoko Shibui and Canada's Courtney Babcock ... Shibui led the world last year in the women's marathon in 2001, while Babcock currently leads the world in the 5,000 meters (15:10.66) ... Last year at Stanford, Meb Keflizighi set an American record of 27:13.98 in the 10,000 meters, and he returns to lead a talented group of runners ... Keyna will be well represented with the likes of Luke Kipkosgei, Albert Chepkurui, and Daniel Gachara ... Kipkosgei recently placed second at the World Cross Country Championships ... Other talented runners include Canadian national record holder Jeff Schiebler, 2000 U.S. Olympian and former Stanford All-American Brad Hauser, Great Britain Olympian Karl Keska and Abdi Abdirahman ... Abdirahman, a former All-American at Arizona, was the 2001 United States 10,000 meter champion and finished as the top American in the 10k at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 ... Former Cal standout Bolota Asmeron will be among the top runners in the 5,000 meters along with Matt Lane of Nike, and Anthony Famiglietti ... Famiglietti is one of the nation's top steeplechasers ... Boaz Cheboiywo from East Michigan also is entered in the 5,000 meters ... Cheboiywo won the 2001 NCAA championship in cross country ... Nicole Teter, who won the 2002 USATF Indoor 800 meter championship, will headline a talented field ... Teter currently holds the nation's best time in the 1,500 meters ... The men's 1,500 meters will also be strong ... The list of entries includes 2000 U.S. Olympian Gabriel Jennings and former Stanford standout Jason Lunn ... Lunn is the 2002 U.S. Indoor champion in the mile ... The American record holder in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase, Elizabeth Jackson, headlines another talented field ... Jackson was ranked in the top five in the world last year ... In the field events, Nick Hysong, who won the gold medal in the pole vault in Sydney, will compete at Stanford.
This will be the 108th between Stanford and California in men's track & field ... Milton Little and Warrick McDowell will be remembered as several of the many heroes in the 107th Big Meet at Stanford last year ... Little and McDowell finished second and third in the triple jump to give Stanford four points and clinch a 82-81 decision over the Golden Bears in the closest margin of victory ever for Stanford in the Big Meet ... Little jumped a career-best 49-6 1/4 to pick up three points for second place, and McDowell leaped 48-10 3/4 for one point for third place ... The crucial four points gave Stanford a 82-76 lead, and assured the Cardinal victory ... Cal won the final event of the day, the 1,600 meter relay, to make the final score, 82-81 in favor of Stanford ... It was the second time since 1997 that Stanford has scored a victory over the Golden Bears on Stanford's home turf ... The previous closest victory for Stanford was a 62-60 decision over California in 1915 ... And this was the closest Big Meet since a 82-81 Golden Bears win in 1988 ... California leads the series, 63-42-2 in men's competition ... Stanford's women's team leads the Big Meet series, 12-10 ... The Cardinal women have won four of the last five meets against California ... The Stanford women easily handled California at the Big Meet last year at Stanford, 101.5 to 60.5 ... The Cardinal scored 1-2-3 sweeps in the 200 meters, the 1,500 meters and the javelin ... Two years ago (2000) at Berkeley, Cal beat the Stanford men, 84-79, whle the Cal women defeated the Cardinal women, 82 2/3 to 79 1/3 ... Four meet records were set last year ... Chad Wassink threw the javelin 214-7, Laura Turner established a new meet record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:21.26), Lindsey Johnson won the 100 meter hurdles (13.74wa), while Cal's Maria Lopez established a new meet record in the pole vault (13-2 1/2).
Stanford track & field athletes have performed with high marks in 2002 ... Eight Cardinal athletes have qualified for the NCAA's which will be held in New Orleans (May 29-June 1) ... The list includes Caroline Annis (10,000 meters, 34:09.40, fifth-best all-time at Stanford), Jillian Camarena (shot put, 53-10 1/4, second-best all-time at Stanford), Lauren Fleshman (1,500 meters, 4:18.11; 5,000 meters, 15:35.59, #2 all-time at Stanford), Omer Inan in the discus (198-7, school record), Louis Luchini (5,000 meters, 13:42.31, 10,000 meters, 28:49.86, seventh-best all-time at Stanford), Jonathon Riley (5,000 meters, 13:40.59), Grant Robison (5,000 meters, 13:40.30) and Donald Sage (10,000 meters, 28:40.12, sixth-best all-time at Stanford) ... Seventeen other Stanford athletes have qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships, while 37 other athletes have qualified for the Pac-10 Championships (May 18-19) at Washington State.
Several Stanford athletes rank high in the Pac-10 standings for track & field ... Grant Robison is the conference leader in the 5,000 meters at 13:40.30 while Jonathon Riley (13:40.59), Louis Luchini (13:42.31) and Seth Hejny (13:50.77) rank 2-3-4, respectively ... Donald Sage is tops in the 10,000 meters (28:40.12) while Luchini is third at 28:49.86 ... Michael Ponikvar is first in the high jump (7-2 1/2) ... Laura Turner is first in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:16.24) while Jean Goff is third at 10:39.5 ... Lauren Fleshman is tops in the 5,000 meters (15:35.59) ... Omer Inan is second in the Pac-10 in the discus (198-1) ... Stanford ranks third through sixth in the 1,500 meters led by Jonathon Riley (3:42.57) ... Jesse Thomas is third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:55.34) ... Milton Little is ranked third in the long jump (24-4 1/2) ... Nick Welihozkiy is ranked fourth in the hammer (195-2) ... Fleshman is second in the Pac-10 in the 1,500 meters (4:18.11) while Ashley Wysong is third in the 800 meters (2:06.21) ... Caroline Annis and Erin Sullivan rank second and third, respectively, in the 10,000 meters at 34:09.40 and 34:10.32 ... Jill Camarena resides in third place in the Pac-10 in the shot put (53-10 1/4) ... Jessica Pluth is fifth in the conference in the hammer (192-11) ... Ashley Wysong's time of 2:06.21 in the 800 meters is fifth-best all-time at Stanford.