Bears Win Big Meet

May 1, 2004

Berkeley, Calif. - The California men snapped a three-year losing streak today to beat Stanford 96-66 at the 110th annual Big Meet. While the Golden Bear women fell to the Cardinal 108-55, they set four new school records in the women's 4x100 meter relay, the 100 meter dash, the 100 meter hurdles, and the javelin.

'It was wonderful to stop the streak on the men's side and what we did today shows we should be able to stop the steak on the women's side next year,' Cal head coach Chris Huffins said. 'Our program is moving rapidly towards the forefront of West Coast track and field.'

The women's 4x100 meter relay team (sophomore Osarhiemen Omwanghe, sophomore Tiffany Johnson, junior Shannan Hawes, and sophomore Antonette Carter) set a new school record at 44.38. The foursome broke the previous school record of 45.01 set last year by Omwanghe, then-freshman Jacqueline Earls, Hawes, and Carter. The squad lost by just a hundredth of a second as Carter almost caught up to Stanford's anchor.

Carter had a phenomenal day, breaking the school record in the 100 meter dash at 11.53 seconds to surpass her own previous record of 11.61 set as a freshman last season. She won the 200 meter dash in a personal best 23.59, just 0.09 seconds off the school record to move up to No. 3 all-time from No. 5. In addition, the sophomore came in second in the long jump at 19-01.25 and aided the women's 4x400 meter relay team, finishing the third leg through pain.

''The race isn't for the swiftest but for the one who endures to the end.' That's how I felt during that 400,' Carter said.

Omwanghe set a new school record in the 100 meter hurdles at 13.43, breaking Laurie Smith's record of 13.58 set in 1992. As a freshman at last year's Big Meet, Omwanghe set a freshman record in the event.

Cal junior Brooke Meredith broke her own school record in the javelin of 143-00 (43.59m) with her new mark of 148-00 (45.11m) to finish second in the event.

On the Cal men's side, senior Vincent Ibia, sophomore Brandon Williams, and senior Bruce Giron swept the long jump with a 1-2-3 finish. Ibia qualified for Pac-10 Championships in his first meet of season for Cal with 23-11.75 (7.31m), also Cal's best of the season. Ibia also qualified for Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Regionals in the triple jump with his third-place 50-04.50 (15.35m) mark.

Junior Rhuben Williams set a personal record in the hammer, winning the event with a 205-02 (62.54m) mark. The Bears swept the men's hammer. Freshman Zak Thomas filled the No. 2 slot with a 177-09 mark (54.17m) and senior Amin Nikfar recorded a 137-01 (41.79m) mark in his first hammer of the season.

Williams also set a personal record in the shot put, winning the event with a 64-09.75 (19.75m) mark. Nikfar gave the Bears a 1-2 finish in the event with his 59-04.25 mark. To top the day off, Williams finished second in the discus as well, 166-02 (50.64m). Sophomore Kurt Seefeld won the event with a 175-04 (53.44m) mark.

Giron won the men's 400 meter hurdles in 52.71 as Cal swept the event. Freshman Bjorgvin Vikingsson came in second with a season-best 53.59 and freshman Thomas Mack came in third with a season-best 53.92. Giron also won the triple jump with a 51-07.25 mark (15.73m).

Cal pulled another 1-2 finish in the high jump with sophomore Teak Wilburn winning on a 7-01.50 (2.17m) mark and junior David Glasgow following in second with a 7-00.50 (2.15m) mark.

The men's 4x100 relay team (senior Nick Mazur, junior Toby Atawo, freshman Darren Woods, and senior Ahmad Wright) won the contest with Cal's best time of the season, 40.38, an NCAA Regional Qualifying time. Cal also won the men's 4x400 meter relay with Giron, freshman Andy Perezchica, freshman Darren Woods, and senior Tom Allen finishing in 3:15.85.

Mazur ran a personal best and Cal's season-best in the 100 meter dash at 10.54 to finish second and qualify for Pac-10 Championships. Junior Toby Atawo finished second with a season-best 10.68. Freshman Ben Karl ran a personal best in the event, 10.93.

Freshman David Torrence set a personal and Cal season-best in the 1500 meter run in 3:47.65 to finish third and earn points for Cal and qualify for Pac-10 and NCAA Regionals for himself.

Kevin Davis pulled ahead in the final moments of the men's 3000 meter steeplechase to set the crowd into hysterics, winning by 0.2 seconds with a 9:06.72 time.

Sophomore Scott Sobieralski improved his season-best in the 110 meter intermediate hurdles with a 14.40 time. The Bears swept that event as well, with freshman Thomas Mack running a season-best 14.42 for second and Giron running a season-best 14.68. All three qualified for Pac-10 Championships in the 110 meter hurdles.

Darren Woods earned points for the Bears with a second-place finish, 47.82, in the 400 meter dash and in third, 21.79 in the 200 meter dash. Wright finished second in the 200 meter dash at 21.72.

Other highlights from the women included sophomore Trinety White won the triple jump on her 39-01.00 (11.91m) jump. Senior Deanna Slaton won the 400 meter hurdles in 58.06, just shy of her PR set last week of 58.03. Senior Sheni Russell won the discus at 179-06 (54.71m), while redshirt freshman Carrie Johnson set a season-best 148-01 (45.13m) mark.

Senior Jenna Johnson set a personal record in the shot put at 50-02.75 (15.31m - second place) as did freshman Kelechi Anyanwu in third-place at 46-07.25 (14.20m). Carrie Johnson set a personal record in the women's hammer, measuring at 173-00 (52.73m).

Senior Stephanie Cowling recorded a season-best in the 100 meter hurdles to qualify for Pac-10 Championships in the event with her 14.31 time. She also earned points for the Bears with her third-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles at 1:02.00.

Sophomore Bridget Duffy recorded a personal best in the 800 meter, 2:08.75, to qualify for NCAA Regionals. Junior Lindsey Maclise qualified for Pac-10 Championships in the same event with her 2:10.43 season-best. Redshirt freshman Veronique Richardson set a personal best 18-10.00 (5.74m) for third place and a point for the Bears. Freshman Stephanie Starritt also recorded her best in the pole vault with an 11-05.75 (3.50m) mark.

Freshman Janeshia Adams-Ginyard earned points for the Bears with a third-place finish in the 400 meter dash, her first such event of the season, clocking in at 58.97.

For Wright, a fifth-year senior and one of the few members of the team who was a part of Cal's squad when the men won their last Big Meet in 2000, the victory was particularly satisfying:

'I finished it how I started it.'

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