Quotes From the Big Meet Media Luncheon

April 30, 2003

Teak Wilburn Quotes:

On what he thinks about the Big Meet:

'Basically I know about the Big Meet from what the upperclassmen have said about it, since this is obviously going to be my first one. They've all talked about how intense it is and how much it means to beat Stanford.'

On working with Dwight Stone (Olympic medallist High Jumper):

'That was a really good experience. He is an amazing person and I was just in awe watching him. It was a little like meeting my idol. He gave me a few things that I can work on in practice and other tips here and there. I'm pretty new to the sport so I haven't watched myself much on tape. I think his style differs from mine. He (Stone) is a very technical jumper. I'm coming from a different sport as I've been playing basketball all of my life. I've got technical things to work on, which is a good thing because I believe there is always room for improvement.'

Ed Miller Quotes:

On Teak Wilburn:

'Dwight Stone is the most technical jumper that I've ever seen. He studied his style to where he understood it to the highest level. He told Teak that he was never the most talented jumper, but was always the most prepared. He also mentioned to Teak that he has more talent than Dwight ever had. They also talked about how Teak should not be thinking about trying to be the best Cal jumper ever, or the best collegiate jumper ever, but to think about being the best high jumper in the world.

He's got the tools to be the best high jumper ever at Cal. I might be putting this in the back of his mind, but I think he could jump for quite awhile after he is done at Cal. He is one of the hardest workers and is one of the reasons I can keep doing this after 20 years, to be able to work with people like him.'

On Chris Huffins' Feelings About the Big Meet:

'We've (himself and assistant coach Tony Sandoval) have been to nearly a quarter of the 109 Big Meets, and we don't compare to how Chris feels. His enthusiasm is unbridled. Vin (Stanford's head coach) has done a great job of putting Stanford back on the map in track and field and now we have a coach like that. This meet means as much to him and holds as much importance as all other meets in his eyes.

On His Outlook for the Big Meet:

'The women's meet is going to be tough. We are in a rebuilding mode on that side. The men's meet should be closer, but we are redshirting some people. In planning for the future you have to take some lumps, but that doesn't mean that we'll lie down for anyone. All of our team has such enthusiasm and many of their performances have really shot up to the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA level.'

Assistant Coach Tony Sandoval Quotes:

On How He Feels About the NCAA Regional Being Held at Stanford:

'A lot of our athletes compete here quite often. Stanford runs a first class meet and we are very happy that the first regional is here at Stanford.'

Toby Atawo (100/200m/4x100/4x400) Quotes:

'I haven't ever been exposed to such a rivalry. Ahmad Wright has really let me know about this (Cal-Stanford rivalry), so I'm doing this for him since he is redshirting. All I know is that I want Cal to be No. 1 after the end of this weekend.

I haven't ever really competed under the lightest, but I'm excited. It sounds like it's an electrifying atmosphere and will be exciting to watch. Plus, the coaches are really into it.'

Tim Bogdanof (110mH/4x400m) Quotes:

'This is the first time I'll run the 4x400 meter relay since high school. Before I was at Cal, I went to Georgia Tech and I was trained as strictly a high hurdler. But when I came to Cal I trained with the long sprinters and regained some ability to do the long relay.

I really appreciate Chris' (Huffins) vote of confidence at putting me as the anchor. This is the first Big Meet for me since I've had injury problems in years past, and I've got three years of competitive passion to unleash on Saturday.'

Deanna Slaton (400mH) Quotes:

'I don't feel that Stanford has this meet in the bag at all. I feel we have a lot of talent on our team and that it can and will shine. It may be only in certain events, or perhaps the whole meet, but I know that Cal can come out on top.

Breaking the Cal record in the 400 meter hurdles is a long term goal. I would love it if at the end of the season I'm No. 1 on the all-time list, but as for Saturday we just want Cal to be above Stanford. It's not going to be as much about the times as it is about finishing first.'

Lache Bailey (800m) Quotes:

'I transferred to Cal from San Francisco State last year so this is my first Big Meet. But I grew up in Berkeley and I know how much the Cal-Stanford meet means.'

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