Cal Hosts Stanford In 126th Big Meet
BERKELEY – California track & field wraps up regular season action on Saturday, May 1 with the 126th annual edition of the Big Meet vs Stanford at Edwards Stadium.
Action gets underway at 9 a.m. in the field with the men's hammer throw competition and track events start at 12 noon beginning with the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase run.
Cal will be celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of 11 graduating seniors at 2:55 p.m. Annie Boos, Jared Geredes, Chloe Hansel, Ben Harper, Sanjay Kettles, Steven Khan, Windy Margerum, Brie Oakley, Abi Rahman-Davies, Noelle Schiller and Deshae Wise are all set to be honored in their final home meet.
In accordance with public health guidelines, Cal Athletics is able to welcome a small number of student-athlete and coach guests to outdoor home events. Alameda County is in the state-designated Orange Tier (as of April 6), which limits facility capacity to a maximum of 33 percent. To meet these requirements, attendance will be limited to student-athlete and coach guest lists only. No tickets for general public use will be sold at athletic venues. Additional details on the state Blueprint for a Safer Economy can be found here.
The Big Meet was last contested on April 6, 2019 at Stanford with the Bears taking an 85-78 win on the men's side, while the Cardinal came out on top, 86-74, in the women's competition. The 2020 edition of the Big Meet was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a week off last weekend, the Bears are coming off a strong day of split squad action at the West Coast Classic. Camryn Rogers continued to cement her legacy in California track & field history by achieving the Olympic standard in the women's hammer throw at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Rogers went 73.09 meters (239-9) on her first throw of the competition to pass the Olympic standard of 72.50 meters. The lifetime best toss made Rogers the No. 3 performer all-time in NCAA history in the event and she currently sits eighth on the world leaders list this year.
The reigning NCAA champion in the women's hammer throw, Rogers' new top mark broke her own school record that she has topped several times during her first three years as a Golden Bear. Her previous best was 71.73 meters (235-4), an improvement of nearly 4 1/2 feet. She was honored as the Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Freshman Garrett MacQuiddy continued his impressive rookie campaign for the Bears, taking his fourth win in as many tries this year, clocking a lifetime best 1:49.97 in the men's 800-meters.
The sprints and jumps groups competed in Tucson, Arizona, turning in wins and Cal all-time top 10 marks of their own. Deshae Wise improved on her second-best time in Cal history in the women's 100-meter hurdles, out-leaning Oregon's Emily Sloan at the line to take the win in 13.15 seconds.
Hawa Wague (women's high jump), Asha Fletcher (women's triple jump) and Ezinne Abba (women's 200-meters) all posted lifetime bests and moved into the Cal record book with their marks.