Cal Competes at Stanford Qualifier, Modesto Relays, Pac-10 Multis
May 6, 2002
BEARS HAVE BUSY WEEK:
After posting a slew of dramatic performances at the Big Meet, California, whose women's team is ranked No. 20, looks to build on that momentum at three meets this week. A handful of distance and field events competitors travel to the Stanford Qualifier Friday, May 10, and the Bears also send a contingent of sprinters, hurdlers and field event athletes to the 61st Modesto Relays, May 11. The Modesto Relays was founded in 1942 by the legendary Cal track and field alum, Tom Moore. The Stanford Qualifier runs from 5-10 p.m., the Modesto Relays from 11 a.m.-8:15 p.m. Cal heptathletes Missy Vanek and Shawna Adkins vie for the Pac-10 title May 11-12 at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Meet. Competition runs from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on day one and 12 p.m.-2:45 p.m. on day two. Vanek won the 2000 Pac-10 heptathlon title, and Adkins finished fourth in 2001.
COWLING LATEST HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE:
Cal alum Larry Cowling, who still holds the Bears 110mH and 400mH records, will be inducted into the Modesto Relays Hall of Fame at a reception Friday night. He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 1996. April 23, Cal track and field greats Martin Biles (1939-41) and Ed Miller (1975-76) were announced as selections into the Cal Hall of Fame this fall. Biles won NCAA titles in the javelin in 1940 and '41. Miller, who is as an assistant coach at Cal, won the 1976 NCAA decathlon title with a then-Cal record 7,443 points.
BEARS POST BIG RESULTS, LOSE BIG MEET:
California put forth its best effort but was swept at the Big Meet for the second year in a row Saturday at Edwards Stadium. On the men's side, the Cardinal won 94-69, marking its first victory at Cal since 1966. The Cardinal women posted a 101-62 victory. The Bears had less athletes entered than Stanford in many events, but those that competed had arguably their best meet of the year. Among those that scored, 18 personal bests were set by Cal athletes. Additionally, the Bears posted three of the six Big Meet records set today. The teams also combined to set three school records - two for Cal and one for Stanford.
JOYCE HAS RECORD BREAKING DAY:
Senior Jennifer Joyce's star continues to rise in her final weeks as a Golden Bear. Joyce broke her own Canadian and school record in the hammer at the Big Meet with a first-place throw of 214-0. That mark ranks second in the nation to Nebraska's Melissa Price (216-10). The previous records were 212-7, set about two weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays. Joyce's performance Saturday also broke her own Big Meet record of 200-4, set in 2000.
SENIORS SHINE AT BIG MEET:
In addition to Joyce, seniors Bubba McLean, Desmond McGill, Marielle Schlueter, Erin Belger and Vanek excelled in their final Big Meet. McLean won the pole vault with a Big Meet record and PR of 18-0.5, which ties him for fourth in the nation this year. McLean is only the third Cal athlete ever to clear 18 feet. McGill won the 400m with a PR of 47.37. Schlueter finished second in the 3000mSC but broke her own school record in the race with a time of 10:22.38. Belger improved upon her NCAA automatic time in the 800m with her victory in 2:04.39 (fourth in nation). Vanek took top honors in the javelin with a PR of 142-5.
BERRO POSTS NCAA MARK IN JAVELIN:
In about a year, junior Joe Berro has emerged as one of the best javelin throwers in Cal history. He won the javelin at the Big Meet with an NCAA provisional, personal best and meet record of 220-2. That throw puts him second on the Bears' modern era javelin performers' list, behind only Ilpo Poutianen's 1986 mark of 222-0.