Stanford Heads To Berkeley For The Big Meet
April 8, 2008
The Stanford men's and women's track and field teams return to action Saturday, April 12 for the `Big Meet' versus California. The annual dual meet pairs the Bay Area rivals in a scored dual meet, a rarity in modern college track and field.
While most college track meets are designed for qualifying times for individuals the `Big Meet' is a highly competitive team event that often sees athletes competing in multiple events and outside of their specialty to earn team points.
'It's not just trying to get a mark, it's all about the competition and the team,' says senior javelin thrower, Danielle Maier.
On the men's side this is the 114th meeting between the two schools. Stanford won last year's `Big Meet' by a score of 88-75. Overall, Cal leads the series with a record of 66-45-2.
Says senior Russell Brown of the `Big Meet', 'Cal provides great competition, so it is a precursor for being competitive at Pac-10's and nationals.'
The women's meet has been dominated by Stanford, who have won 18 of the 28 contests. Last season the Cardinal won the meet by a score of 86.5-76.5. Erica McLain is among the Cardinal ready for anything at the meet.
When asked about competing outside of her specialty in the jumps, the Stanford senior said, 'I will do whatever it take for my team to win.'
So far this season Stanford has seen reached several regional qualifying marks on both sides. Last weekend at the Stanford Invite three Cardinal middle-distance runners reached regional qualifiers in both the 800 meters and the 1500 meters. These athletes were Lauren Centrowitz and Alicia Follmar for the women and Brown for the men.
The Cardinal also got strong showings from their throwers that included a school record of 174-0 in the javelin for Maier. In addition the Cardinal earned regional marks from Kyle Davis-Hammerquist in the men's hammer throw, Mike Macellari in the discus, and Jaynie Goodbody in the women's hammer throw.
The 'Big Meet' begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday woth the women's hammer thorw. The running events begin at 12:05 p.m with the women's steeplechase.
`BIG MEET' SCHEDUELE OF EVENTS
9:30 AM Women's Hammer followed by the Men's Hammer
10:30 Women's Long Jump followed by the Men's Long Jump
11:30 Women's Javelin followed by the Men's Javelin
12:00 Women's Pole Vault followed by the Men's Pole Vault
Men's Shot followed by the Women's Shot
Women's High Jump followed by the Men's High Jump
1:30 PM Women's Triple Jump followed by Men's Triple Jump
Men's Discus followed by the Women's Discus
12:05 Women's 3000 Steeplechase
12:25 Men's 3000 Steeplechase
12:45 Women's 4 x 100 Relay
12:50 Men's 4 x 100 Relay
12:55 Women's 1500 Meters
1:05 Men's 1500 Meters
1:10 Women's 100m Hurdles
1:15 Men's 110m Hurdles
1:25 Women's 400 Meters
1:30 Men's 400 Meters
1:35 Women's 100 Meters
1:40 Men's 100 Meters
1:45 Women's 800 Meters
1:50 Men's 800 Meters
2:00 Women's 400m Hurdles
2:10 Men's 400m Hurdles
2:20 Women's 200 Meters
2:25 Men's 200 Meters
2:30 Women's 3,000 Meters
2:45 Men's 3,000 Meters
3:00 Senior Ceremony
3:30 Women's 4 x 400m Relay
3:40 Men's 4 x 400 Relay