Cal Men Beat Cardinal at Home in 111th Big Meet
April 24, 2005
Palo Alto, CA -
The 111th Big Meet between Cal and Stanford came down to the wire for the men's team at Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif. In dual meet scoring it takes at least 82 points to win since there is a total of 163 points to win through the entire meet. Consequently, the key to winning a dual meet is simply to be the first squad to win 82 points since there will not be enough points available after that for the opposing team to catch up.
SOBIERALSKI SEWS IT UP
A situation exactly like this rose up in the men's pole vault. Senior decathlete Scott Sobieralski was vaulting against a pair of full-time Cardinal vaulters, including the Florida State high school record holder. The men's 200m had just ended with Senior Toby Atawo beating out the field to win five points for the Bears to bring Cal's score to 80 points, meaning Cal had to score two more points to win the meet. After the men's pole vault; the men's 5,000m and the 4x400m relay were the only events remaining, events which Stanford was expected to sweep. In order for the men to win the meet Sobieralski would have to finish at least second for three points. Sobieralski entered the event seeded third. Getting into a rhythm early, Sobieralski cleared 15-1 and 15-7 on his first attempts putting him in control of the event almost immediately. Sobieralski continued to dominate by being the first to clear 16-1 to equal his lifetime best. Ben Dickens of Stanford only cleared 16-1 on his final attempt, while Cardinal Graeme Hoste failed to clear the height, giving Sobieralski a guaranteed second place finish and the overall win to the men's team. Sobieralski would continue on to win the event outright by clearing 16-7 to produce a new lifetime best. His first place finish in the pole vault would be the last points that Cal would win that day. The final score on the men's side was 85-78, a spread that truly discounts how close the meet really was.
The women would have a much more difficult time. The men's team led from the first event and would finish that way. The Cardinal women lead immediately and by the conclusion of the 4x100m relay, led the Bears 25-7. The lead would narrow to 62-51 by the end of the women's shot put, but would balloon back up again to settle at 97-66 for the final score. This extends Stanford's win streak on the women's side to five seasons.
THROWERS SET THE PACE
The women's javelin went first with Stanford's Danielle Maier leading by her second throw of 142-8. Senior Brooke Meredith would come close with her third throw of 139-1, which would be her longest toss of the day. Junior Trinety White, came in third with a throw of 131-3. Meredith's lifetime best for the events stands at 148-0.
Immediately after the women's javelin, the men's hammer began with a monster throw from freshman John Ludden who began his banner day with a lifetime best of 191-8 on only his second throw, landing just inside of the sector line. The throw pushed Ludden onto the Cal All-Time List at No. 9. Senior Rhuben Williams, had a difficult time getting a fair throw in, purposely fouling the first attempt and accidentally stepping out of the ring on the second attempt, forcing a safety throw of 159-11. Williams would have one more clean throw of 175-1 to move into second and give Cal first and second place in the event. Senior Tony Miranda lost a close fought battle with Stanford's Michael Robertson for third. Miranda was ahead of Robertson going into the final rounds, but Robertson came up with a throw 171-10 that Miranda would not be able to beat.
The women's pole vault began only as the hammer throw was winding down. Cardinal Anna McFarlane took control quickly by clearing her first two heights on the first try. Freshman Katie Morgan and senior Danielle Navarre had a difficult time on the opening heights. Navarre would finish third after clearing 11-11.75 on the first try, but fouled out at 12-5.5. Morgan would clear the height on her final attempt to finish second.
HALLGRIMSSON STOPS CARDINAL TWICE
The men's javelin finished with Cal going 1-2-3, but the sweep was hard won. Junior Paul Teinert won easily, despite throwing well under his potential at 207-6 to be the only thrower over 200-0. Sophomore Adam Burgh and junior Jonas Hallgrimsson would shuffle second and third all the way to the final round with Stanford's Bryan Kelley. After fouling three consecutive throws, Hallgrimsson put Kelley down to third place in the fifth round with a throw of 192-1. Finally, Burgh pushed the Cardinal all the way to fourth with a throw of 192-7 in the final round to keep Kelley from scoring altogether while giving himself second place.
Strong headwinds along with cool temperatures hampered performances throughout the day. The men's long jump seemed to partially escape the hardship with freshman Rashaad Nunnally scoring a seasonal best of 23-5.5 into a headwind of 1.1 m/s. The jump put him in the lead ahead of senior Brandon Williams. Williams and Nunnally would stay in first and second, but would switch places in the final round when, Williams leapt clear to 23-8 into a 2.0 m/s headwind to get the win and give Cal a 1-2 finish.
The women's long jump dealt with the same conditions as the men. Stanford's Erica McLain led at the first jump and would hold off junior Antonette Carter and sophomore Elzunia Lamb. Carter would jump as far as 19-7 on both her second jump and final jump to be the runner up, while Lamb produced a seasonal best of 19-5.25 to finish third.
The track events came into full swing with the women's 4x100m relay. Both teams were even out of the blocks but lost some ground on the back stretch. Despite a slightly botched handoff by Stanford at 200m, Senior Shannan Hawes couldn't make up ground on Stanford, but kept the race close enough keep it winnable. The final exchange between Hawes and Carter came a little close and caused Cal to loose some momentum. The loss of speed kept Carter from catching Stanford who would finish in 44.57 to Cal's 45.12.
The men's relay had at least as much drama as the women's. Sophomore Ben Karl gained plenty of ground on Stanford's first leg, which would be maintained by Senior Toby Atawo down the back stretch. Another clean handoff to Nunnally on the third leg kept Cal's momentum through the final turn. The exchange to sophomore Thomas Mack could not have gone better and Mack was able to lead Stanford's Wopamo Osaisai who was making up ground the whole way down the stretch. Mack would barely hold off Osaisai at the tape to come in at 40.64 only .05 seconds ahead of Stanford. The clocking gives the Cal relay its best time this year.
After shutting down Stanford's Kelley in the men's javelin, Hallgrimsson skipped his final throw to keep another Cardinal from scoring in the high jump. Hallgrimsson cleared 6-2.75 on his first attempt to beat out Stanford's Nick Taylor who only cleared 5-10.75, cinching third place for the Bears. Freshman Ed Wright broke his season long trend of jumping 6-8.75 to clear 6-10.75 for a seasonal best and second place. Senior David Glasgow jumped a seasonal best as well to win the event, clearing 7-00.5 on his final attempt to come within a half-inch of his lifetime best.
Junior Bridget Duffy ran a seasonal best in the 1,500m of 4:29.07 to finish third. Duffy ran in fifth for much of the race with senior Lindsey Maclise in third. In the final 200m, Maclise began to loose steam in her kick allowing Duffy to pass and run clear to third place.
In the men's 1,500m Cal would need freshman Andy McClary to score in order to swing some critical points in the middle distance to his team's side. Freshman Tim Bardet rabbitted the race out fast through the first 800m in order to keep the pace honest. Cardinal Ian Dobson stayed with Bardet, while McClary ran in a trailing pack in fifth place. In the backstretch of the final lap McClary began kicking and moved up as far as third. There was shuffling all through the backstretch and into the final turn as other runners began their kicks at different times. McClary's kick would not be enough to hold on to third. He would come in at a lifetime best of 3:50.16 for fifth and only a second behind third place finisher Dobson at 3:49.13.
Omwanghe won the 100mH easily running 13.94 into a headwind of 1.4 m/s. Cal's Meredith lost a close race for second against Stanford's Deborah Akinniyi. Both athletes were close all the way to the fourth hurdle when Akinniyi began pulling away. At hurdle six, Akinniyi hit the barrier and gave Meredith a chance to catch her. Akinniyi managed to regain her composure and held Meredith off who ran a seasonal best of 14.52 to Akinniyi's 14.30.
The men's hurdles saw Cal loose a valuable athlete in redshirt freshman Craig Gallimore. At the second hurdle Gallimore pulled a muscle in his right leg and went down quickly. Cal's Mack went on to win the race into a very stiff headwind of 2.4 m/s clocking 14.67, while freshman Yahya Abdul-Mateen would come in second, clocking 14.83. Sophomore Craig Woods lost a close race for third against Stanford's Taylor, who earlier was kept from scoring in the high jump by Hallgrimsson.
Rhuben Williams won in the men's shot put throwing 59-11 with freshman Craig Kent coming in second with a heave of 54-6. Cardinal Michael Macellari came in third at 53-3. Their places remained steady throughout the entire event.
The men's discus saw a close finish for second as it was won easily by Stanford's Robertson who threw 193-11 on his final throw. Cal's Miranda traded second and third place with Stanford's Daniel Schaerer in nearly every round going into the finals. On his fourth throw, Miranda answered with a toss of 177-7 to move back into second. Schaerer was unable to reply in the final rounds and would end up finishing third.
FAUBUS TAKES CONTROL OF THROWS
Freshman Missy Faubus produced a lifetime best of almost three-feet to beat Stanford's Melissa Yunghans by just under that amount. On her third throw, Faubus heaved a massive 53-00.75 to move all the way up to third on the Cal All-Time List. Three of Faubus' four legal throws would have won the event outright. Sophomore Kelechi Anyanwu finished third at 147-2.
Faubus continued to dominate in the women's discus throwing 159-00 in her first throw to beat Sally Mills of Stanford by six feet. Faubus' only legal throws were her first and last. Her winning throw gave Cal its only scorer in the event.
Junior Giulia Urlando, Cardinal Sarah Hopping and sophomore Carrie Johnson all threw lifetime bests in the women's hammer throw. Hopping threw her best throw of the day in the preliminary rounds at 196-4 and stayed in the lead all the way to the end. Urlando kept herself in second through the whole competition, but saved a throw of 190-6 for the very end. Johnson would be close to Urlando right to end as both athletes had bests of 55.00m going into the final round. Johnson's final throw of 188-7 beats her old lifetime best of 175-10. Urlando and Johnson have now moved into second and fourth, respectively, on Cal's All-Time List.
In the women's 400m, freshman Alysia Johnson ran behind Stanford's Christine Moschella and Nashonme Johnson, both full-time 400m runners. With 150m left Johnson began to kick and moved up on the leading Cardinals. Moschella moved into first coming off the turn while Stanford's Johnson began to fade to within striking distance of Cal's Johnson. At 350m Alysia moved into second and clocked a lifetime best of 54.08 behind Moschella who won at 53.76.
The men's 400m developed with Stanford Nick Sebes going out extremely fast. Sophomore Jonathan Suddaby tried to respond and kept the lead from widening through 250m. At 350m Stanford's Curtis Goehring moved into the lead with plenty of momentum to finish first at 47.39. Meanwhile, Sebes had hurt himself by going out too hard and struggled to hold off junior Nestor Solis. Solis was unable to catch Sebes and would come in third at 48.53 to Sebes' 48.23.
The women's 100m saw Cal's Carter win in 11.88, run into a headwind of 1.9 m/s. Carter got out badly but extended her acceleration phase all the way to 60m to pass the field up and maintain for the finish. The closer race was between Cal's Hawes and Stanford's Ashley Purnell for third. Hawes would end up beating Purnell for third at 12.17 with Purnell at 12.19.
Stanford's Osaisai won the men's 100m in 11.14 into one of the stiffest headwinds of the day at 3.2 m/s. Everyone got out close out of the blocks, but at 80m Osaisai separated from the field, while Nunnally came in second at 11.20 and Atawo in third at 11.22.
Senior Chloe Jarvis came into the women's 800m as the heavy favorite and fulfilled expectations. Jarvis let Cardinal Ashley Freeman lead out through 600m, running in second the whole time. In the final turn Jarvis began to move past Freeman and into the lead. Freeman's face twisted with effort as Jarvis coolly led the sophomore in at 2:06.19.
In the men's 800m Cal needed freshman Alex McClary to take a chunk out of Stanford's scoring ability. McClary ran in second behind Stanford's Michael Garcia after the first lap. Alex would try to stay up with Garcia all the way through the final turn and wound up duking it out with Garcia down the straight. Garcia would end up winning the race in 1:50.85 as McClary ran out of steam in the closing 50m to barely loose the battle for second to Cardinal Russel Brown. McClary's third place time was 1:51.11, only .03 seconds behind Brown.
STANFORD SHUT DOWN IN THE 400MH
The men's and women's 400mH ended up being two of the wildest races of the day. In the women's 400mH Undine Becker of Stanford came in the favorite. After going out extremely fast through the first 200m, it looked as though Becker would keep the race in her pocket as long as she did make any critical mistakes. Coming off the turn, Becker began to loose steam as Omwanghe and Meredith continued to apply pressure into the straight. With 50m left Omwanghe passed Becker and it became apparent that Meredith might even have a chance to make a pass as well. Meredith moved past Becker three strides off of hurdle ten, pushing the favored Becker all the way to third, where she would finish. Omwanghe's winning time of 60.4 is a seasonal best while Meredith's second place time of 61.76 is a lifetime best.
The men's 400mH developed with Cal's Mack running in the lead all the way through to the end. Through 300m, Stanford's Daniel Knickerbocker was running in second place until Woods, who had been running in the back through the whole race, moved right past Knickerbocker along with Abdul-Mateen. Knickerbocker responded and was able to pass Abdul-Mateen for third with 75m to go. Woods continued to run away from both athletes. Abdul-Mateen, meanwhile, kept steaming down the straight and managed to pass Knickerbocker up again to finally finish in third only .05 ahead of the only Cardinal in the race. Mack's winning time was 54.34.
The women's 200m saw the other half of an Antonette Carter sprint double, where the junior ran 23.84 into a headwind of 1.6 m/s. Moschella got out strongly and was in the lead at first, but Carter's flat speed down the stretch was too much as she came in ahead of four other Cardinal athletes where the next best time was Moschella's 24.05.
Atawo performed in a similar manner in the men's 200m where he beat out four other Stanford sprinters to finish first in 21.79 with a headwind of 0.7 m/s. Sebes ran 21.87 to be the next closest finisher with Goehring in third at 21.96.
The women's 4x400m relay saw Stanford run out ahead all the way, building a significant lead in the first leg that was maintained through the second and third legs. At the final exchange, Stanford's Moschella got the baton well ahead of Cal's Alysia Johnson. After running a very controlled sprint through the first 200m, Johnson ran quickly down the second 200m and began to move even faster in the closing 100m to come within a few meters of Moschella. Johnson's split of 53.0 gave the relay a time of 3:43.84, its fastest this year. Stanford's winning time was 3:41.08
Nestor Solis led the Cal relay out against Stanford and built a significant lead early when he passed off to Craig Woods, who kept the lead for the Bears clear through the end of his leg. After passing off to Ben Karl, Stanford's Goehring began to make up the gap built by Solis early on. Goehring moved to pass Karl in the final turn and completed the pass before the straight. At the exchange, Goehring had built a lead of almost 10 meters on Karl. Jon Suddaby took the baton over for the anchor leg and would have to go up against Stanford's Sebes to win the relay. Suddaby would make up an impressive amount of ground given his position, and looked as though he might have a chance with 100m to go, but Sebes was simply too far ahead. Cal's final time was 3:14.01 behind Stanford's 3:13.53.