Cal Battles Stanford in 113th Big Meet

April 3, 2007

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BERKELEY - California returns to the Stanford campus this week for the 113th annual Big Meet on Saturday, April 7, at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The GoldenBears are fresh off the March 30-31 Stanford Invitational, in which Cal set 13 NCAA regional-qualifying marks or times.

Last season, the Cal men defeated Stanford, but the Cal women lost to theCardinal at the 112th Big Meet in Berkeley.

2006 Big Meet:
Cal Men Win, Women Fall
The Cal men's track and field team turned the corner on April 22,2006, at the 112th annual Big Meet at Edwards Stadium and Goldman Field in Berkeley. The Cal men defeated Stanford for the third consecutive year by of the score of 95.66-67.33. The Cal women, however, fell to the Cardinal, 89-72 for the sixth time in seven years. The Bears men won 11 events to take the victory.

The Bears women put forth some strong performances despite the loss. Two-time All-American senior Antonette Carter continued her success in the sprints on Saturday. She set a new school record of 11.33 in the 100 meters. Freshman teammate Emilee Strot continued her success in the discus, winning the competition with her new freshman school record throw of 177-11.

Last Time Out:
Bears Sets 13 NCAA Regional Qualifying Marks/Times at Stanford Invitational
Cal posted 13 NCAA regional-qualifying marks or times at the 2007 Stanford Invitational March 30-31 with the Golden Bears' throws corps producing eight of those marks.On that list was Cal senior Carrie Johnson 's lifetime-best 211-5 in the women's hammer throw.

That mark keeps Johnson in second place on Cal's all-time top 10 list for the hammer behind Cal throws coach Jennifer Joyce (214-0).

On March 31, the first day of the meet, Cal junior David Torrence, freshman teammate Yosef Ghebray and sophomore teammate Mackenzie Pierce ran NCAA regional-qualifying times on March 30 at the Stanford Invitational, with Torrence posting a lifetime-best 13:59.65 to claim the top time in the men's 5,000-meter run.

Ghebray ran a lifetime-best and regional-qualifying time of 14:03.86 to finish third behind Torrence and Pierce ran a regional-qualifying time of 2:07.19 in the women's 800-meter run. Torrence's time moves him to fifth place and Ghebray rises to ninth place on Cal's all-time top-10 list in the men's 5,000.

On the final day of the two-day Stanford Invite, Bears sophomore Emilee Strot and senior teammate Kelechi Anyanwu also moved up Cal's all-time charts in the women's shot put. Strot notched a regional-qualifying and lifetime-best mark of 49-11.25 to move up to No. 5 at Cal and Anyanwu posted a regional-qualifying and lifetime-best 49-10 to rise to No. 7 in the record books.

Sophomore teammate Missy Faubus, who like Strot and Anyanwu posed regionalqualifiers in the shot on March 24 at the Jim Click Shootout, also posted a regional qualifier this week in the shot with a 49-5.5.

That same trio, which recorded regional qualifiers in the discus last week, notched regional qualifiers this week in the discus with Anyanwu tossing a 171-7, Strot throwing a 166-7 and Faubus posting a 164-9.

In the men's hammer, Cal junior John Ludden collected a regional-qualifying mark of 192-9, while in the men's high jump, Bears junior Ed Wright posted a regional qualifier of 7-1.

Cal sophomore Jordan Paul ran a regional-qualifying and lifetime-best 14.17 in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore teammate Mark Matusak paced the Bears in the 5,000, running a lifetime-best 14:16.28.

Conrad Regionally Qualifies in Decathlon at Cal Multis
Cal junior Steven Conrad reached an NCAA regional provisional-qualifying and lifetime-best score of 7,214 points en route to finishing second in the decathlon on March 29 in the Cal Multi-Events Meet at Edwards Stadium and Goldman Field.

National Champ Stars in 800
Cal junior Alysia Johnson is one of the top middle-distance runners in the nation again in 2007, as evidenced by her NCAA indoor title in the 800 meters.

Cal's all-time second-fastest woman in the 800, Johnson boasts a lifetime-best 2:01.80 in the race that she set last summer. She was one of eight Bears who earned All-America honors at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships with her Cal indoor-record 2:03.47 in the 800.

Johnson's 800 title is Cal's first NCAA championship since Bevan Hart won the men's decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2000. She is also the first Cal woman to win track and field NCAA championships since Sheila Hudson won the triple jump and long jump national titles outdoors in 1990. Johnson is likewise the first Bear to win indoor NCAA titles since Hudson won the triple jump and long jump indoors in 1990.

The Canyon Country, Calif., product is also Cal's record-holder in the indoor 400 with a time of 54.48. Johnson became the first member ofCal track and field to capture the Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor sponsored by Cytosport. Johnson led the Bears to one of their top performances in recent years at the Dan DeHart Invitational Jan.26-27 inAlbuquerque, N.M.

The junior won the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.48 to set the school's indoor record. Her time was also just eight-hundredths of a second off of the NCAA regional provisional qualifying time. In addition, Johnson anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay team that logged a time of3:44.07.

Torrence Doesn't Miss a Beat
David Torrence made his Cal track and field debut as a freshman in 2004, after starring for Cal cross country in the fall of 2003. The junior missed the next two seasons but returned for Cal cross country last fall and for Cal track and field this semester.

He hasn't missed a beat, first collecting NCAA West Regional and second-team All-Pac-10 honors for Cal cross country coach Tony Sandoval in 2006 and then starring for Huffins in 2007. At the Jim Click Shootout on March 24 in Tucson, Ariz., Torrence ran an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 1:50.23 to win the 800. More recently, he showed his versatility by posting a regional-qualifying time in the 5,000 at the Stanford Invitational.

The middle-distance and distance specialist had a big impact at the NCAA Indoor Championships, leading off Cal's distance medley relay that took second place in a school-record 9:33.77. Torrence, senior Nestor Solis, sophomore Francis Gadayan and senior Kevin Davis combined for that record and earned All-America honors at the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark.

Anyanwu Earns Muscle Milk Award after Jim Click Shootout
Cal senior Kelechi Anyanwu threw the discus a school-record and NCAA regional-qualifying 185-11 (56.66 meters) at the Jim Click Shootoutand subsequently earned Cal's Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor sponsored by Cytosport. Anyanwu,whose mark won thewomen's discus event, moved past the record of 181-02 by former Bears star Sheni Russell.

Anyanwu qualified for the NCAA West Regional in the shot put, with her lifetime-best mark of 49-9.75 that placed her in a second-place tie with sophomore teammate Missy Faubus.

Ludden Reaches Qualifying Mark in Hammer
Cal junior John Ludden threw the hammer a regional-qualifying 195-0 to win the event at the Jim Click Shootout. Ludden reached his personal best hammer throw at last year's NCAA West Regional with a toss of 196-11.

Wright, McPherson Jumping up Cal's Charts
Before achieving success at the recent Stanford Invitational, Cal junior Ed Wright and sophomore teammate Inika McPherson hit regional-qualifying marks in the high jump at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson. Wright, who stands eighth on Cal's all-time list with a 7-2.5, tied for first in the men's event with a 7-0.50, while McPherson tied for third in the women's high jump with a 5-8.75. Wright's subsequent 7-1 jump at Stanford is his season-best mark.

McPherson set Cal's indoor school record with a 6-0 that she reached twice this season, most recently when she took seventh place at NCAAs. Wright, who was sixth at NCAAs, and McPherson were among eight Bears who earned All-America honors at indoor nationals this year.

Strickland Wins in Arizona
Bears junior Cassandra Strickland, another 2007 indoor All-American, won the triple jump at the Jim Click Shootout with a mark of 41-5.75. She ranks third all-time at Cal with a lifetime-best 43-3.25 she set during the indoor season.

Seven More Hit Regional Qualifiers in First Outdoor Meet
The other Bears to reach regional qualifiers in the Jim Click Shootout included sophomore Emilee Strot in the shot put (48-11) and discus (170-10), Faubus in the discus (157.09), sophomore Mark Matusak in the 1,500 (3:46.20), freshman Michael Coe in the 1,500 (3:46.48) and junior Brook Turner in the 400 (54.47).

Turner also ran a lifetime-best 24.10 in the 200 that placed her 10th on Cal's all-time list. Coe's 3,000 time of 8:22.01 made him the 10th-fastest Bear all time in that event. Another freshman, Rowena Tam, ran her way into fourth place in the record books when she clocked an 11:19.60 in the steeplechase.

Up Next:
Cal Hosts Brutus Hamilton Invitational
After the Big Meet, Cal hosts the Brutus Hamilton Invitational April 13-14 at Edwards Stadium and Goldman Field.

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