May 1, 1999
STANFORD - The California men's track and field team showed its depth Saturday at Cobb Track and Angell Field in the 105th-annual Big Meet as the Golden Bears outdistanced the third-ranked Cardinal 90-73. In the 20th-annual women's Big Meet, the Bears closed the gap over last year's meet but still lost 92-71.
"The meet went pretty much as I expected," said Cal head coach Erv Hunt. "I didn't expect us to win the men's shot. We lost a couple (points) here and there, but we made them up elsewhere. We enjoy beating Stanford quite simply.
"The women did very well despite the loss. We have some injured sprinters. Because of our sprint situation, it was very exciting to come from behind and win the women's short relay."
With the Cal men leading 77-64 heading into the 200m, Wayne Boddy clinched the Bears second-consecutive Big Meet title and 27th in the last 28 years with five points for his victory in the event. Cal owns a 62-41-2 advantage in the cross bay series.
Boddy helped account for 15 of Cal's 90 points. In addition to winning the 200m, Boddy earned his other 10 points for first-place finishes in the 400m (47.74), a Pac-10 qualifying mark, and for running the anchor leg of the 4X100 relay.
The Bears also swept three events -- 100m, 110mH and long jump -- to help assure their victory.
Despite the meet already being decided, the most dramatic moment of the meet came in the final race, the men's 4X400 meter relay. With the Cardinal holding the lead for much of the final leg, Cal freshman Marlon Beaver was able to thrust his shoulders forward at the finish line for the victory (3:14.98) over Stanford (3:14.98). Beaver's teammates hoisted him on their shoulders in celebration prior to taking their traditional victory lap.
In fact, Cal swept all four relays today with both the men's 4X400 and the women's 4X100 being decided by .01 second. The Bear women edged the Cardinal in a season's best 45.79 to 45.80, just off Cal's school record pace of 45.61.
As with the men's team competition, the women's race was decided during the 200m. The Cardinal held a slim 74-66 lead over the Bears before they clinched their third-consecutive Big Meet with nine points for the sweep of that event. The Cardinal lead the all-time series 11-9.
The biggest surprise perhaps as coach Hunt mentioned was the Bear men placing one-two in the shot over favored Chris Sprague. It took personal bests from Jon Paxton (54-9.25) and Solomon Kailihiwa (54-1.75) to finish ahead of Sprague (53-7). Many additional personal bests were recorded during the Bear men's victory. Bevan Hart, an All-American in the decathlete, competed in four events today, including nailing an outdoor pole vault PR of 17-0.75, finishing second. Behind a strong Stanford distance troop, senior Chris Maier took fourth in the 1500m in a PR of 3:49.66 and freshman Corey Creasey placing fourth in the 5000m in a PR of 14:48.38.
On the women's side, several Cal records were set today. Freshman Jennifer Joyce won the hammer throw with a mark of 183-9, a new school, Canadian junior national and Big Meet record. Joyce broker her own school record of 181-11. Sophomore Maria Lopez also broke her school record in the pole vault of 11-8 set last week with a vault of 11-11.75, finishing second to Stanford's Melissa Feinstein (13-0.25), who became only the third collegiate women to ever clear 13 feet.
Senior Elissa Riedy led the way for Cal with victories in the 800m (2:10.00) and 1500m (season's best: 4:20.77).
Cal sophomore Mandy Mazik ran her first 400m of the season in a Cal season's best 55.36, good enough for second place and to qualify her for the Pac-10 meet.
The Big Meet returns to Cal next year at the newly-remodeled Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field.
Cal travels to the Modesto Relays Saturday, May 8, for its final tune-up for the Pac-10 Championships, May 21-22.