Cal Meets Stanford at 115th annual Big Meet

April 15, 2009


Big Meet Schedule

This Week
California renews its rivalry with Stanford in the 115th annual Big Meet on Saturday, April 18, at Stanford. The Invitational kicks off with the women's javelin at 11:50 a.m. The running events begin at 2 p.m. with the women's 3000-meter steeplechase. The Golden Bears hope to break its current losing streak to the Cardinal, as Stanford has swept the last two Big Meets. The Cal men are currently ranked No. 19 in the USTFCCCA rankings.

Last Time Out: Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite
Highlighting last weekend's Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational was the record-setting performance by junior Ryan Young in the javelin. Young set both the school and the meet records on Friday when he posted a record-setting mark of 250-10 (76.45m) to take the top spot overall. Young's performance earned him this week's Pac-10 Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors. Senior Martin Maric also earned a regional-qualifying mark in the javelin.
In Saturday's action at the Invitational, the Bears earned three more regional qualifiers as junior Kimyon Broom qualified in the 100-meter hurdles (13.52), sophomore Cyrena Giordano qualified in the women's pole vault (12-07.50, 3.85m) and freshman Sebastian Sam qualified in the 800 (1:49.85). Girodano became the third Cal women's pole vaulter to regionally qualify this season. Sam's time was a personal best and Cal's best 800 time this season.

Last Year's Big Meet
Highlighting the 2008 Big Meet for Cal was Katie Morgan and Thomas Mack. Morgan took top honors in the pole vault when she set the new school record and a new Big Meet record with her score of 13-5.75. Mack secured his own Big Meet record in the 110-meter hurdles. He tied his personal best in the event when he clocked a 13.74. The Stanford men defeated the Cal men, 96-67, while the Stanford women were victorious by the score of 87-76.

Brutus Hamilton Invitational - NYRR Distance Invitational
At the 2009 Brutus Hamilton Invitational from April 24-25, Edwards Stadium will go under the lights for the New York Road Runners Distance Invitational on April 24. Sixteen Olympians will be participating, including 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500-meter champion Shannon Rowbury, two-time Olympic steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti, and 2008 U.S. 10,000-meter Olympian Jorge Torres.
An international field of athletes will be attempting to achieve qualifying times at 5000 meters, 10,000 meters, and the 3000-meter steeplechase for the IAAF World Championships later this summer in Berlin. In partnering with Cal to host the NYRR Distance Carnival, NYRR will arrange pacemakers for the seeded heats of the men's and women's 5000- and 10,000-meter races.

NCAA Regional Qualifiers
Cal currently boasts 25 NCAA regional qualifiers, 14 on the women's team and 11 on the men's team. The regional qualifiers are - Brook Turner (400), Cherrelle Garret (100, 200), Debra Maier (5000), the women's 4x100 and 4x400, Allison Stokke (Pole Vault), Inika McPherson (High Jump), Kristen Meister (High Jump), Artensia Young (Triple Jump), Katie Morgan (Pole Vault), Evelyn Smith (400-H), Cyrena Giordano (Pole Vault), Kimyon Broom (100-meter hurdles), Kellan Patterson (100), Jordan Paul (110-H), Jake Hanson (400-H), Francis Gadayan (800), Yosef Ghebray (10,000), Martin Maric (Discus, Javelin), Patrick Kowalsky (Shot Put), Ryan Shuler (Pole Vault), Sebastian Sam (800), Ryan Young (Javelin).

Next Week
Cal hosts its annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational from April 24-25 at Edwards Stadium.

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