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Randy Bermea was one of four Bears to win two events at Saturday's Big Meet in Berkeley
Courtesy: GoldenBearSports.com
Bears Sweep 120th Big Meet for First Time Since 2000
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/12/2014

BERKELEY – The California Golden Bears track & field team swept the Big Meet for the first time since the 2000 season, and Cal’s women won for the first time since 2010. The second-ranked dual meet men’s team in the country outscored Stanford 113-48, while Cal’s women won by a count of 97-66. The Bears won 23 events combined, 13 of which were won by the men. Redshirt senior Tom Blocker (100m and 200m), sophomore Randy Bermea 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles), redshirt senior Hammed Suleman (long jump and triple jump) and senior Angelica Weaver (100m hurdles and 400m hurdles) won two events each for the Bears on Saturday at Edwards Stadium. 28 new PR’s were set as well, in a landmark day for the Golden Bears program.

“Every Big Meet is a special meet,” Director of track & field Tony Sandoval said on Saturday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. “As I told the kids, there have been some times when we should have won and didn’t, and times when we won and maybe shouldn’t have, so it is always kind of special. The kids knew the significance of it and stepped up one event after another and had some people that did step up and did a tremendous job, especially on the women’s side. The men just kept piling it on, event after event. We brought our ‘A’ game and this is our home and I’m proud that we came away with a double victory.”
 
Blocker equaled his season-best in the 100-meter, clocking a time of 10.48 to take home his first event title of the afternoon. He followed that up with another victory in the 200-meters, winning with a new PR time of 21.15, surpassing his previous best of a wind-aided 21.23 set in April of last year. Freshman Khalfani Muhammad also had a solid afternoon, finishing second in both the 100-meters (10.60) and 200-meters (21.27). In addition, he also ran the lead leg of the 4x100 relay team that finished with a time of 40.52.
 
Other notable PR’s were set by redshirt junior Jordan Locklear, who placed second in the 800-meters with a time of 1:49.90 and sophomore Thomas Joyce also PR’ed in the same event, with a time of 1:52.85. Joyce then went on to win the 1500-meter race as well, coming from fifth place in the final half lap to seize the victory with a mark of 3:46.76.
 
“I think Joyce’s upset victory was the exclamation point on the day,” Sandoval added. “It is one of their best events and they have two nationally ranked 1500-meter runners. They were targeting to try to beat Jordan (Locklear) thinking he was the one, and Thomas, who did this last week as a matter of fact, sprinted past both of them and that was pretty special.”
 
The Bears men went 1-2 in the hammer, as redshirt junior Scott Esparza climbed onto the All-Time Best Performances list at number five, with a PR throw of 209-1. Redshirt senior Derek White placed second with a mark of 203-11 and junior Isaac Dan set a new PR with a throw of 197-3, just missing tenth on the best performances list and finishing fourth. White also found himself seventh on the all-time performers list after his win in discus, in which he set another new PR with a throw of 194-11.
 
Suleman repeated in both the long jump and triple jump, posting marks of 25-0.50 and 50-8.25, respectively to edge teammate Jonte Grant, who finished second in both events with distances of 24-2.50 and 50-7.50.
 
On the women’s side, Cal also finished 1-2 in the hammer as sophomore Shelby Ashe uncorked a throw of 200-11 to win this event at the Big Meet for the second consecutive year. Senior Maggie Simpson also set a PR with a mark of 176-10, finishing second. Junior Chioma Amaechi also set a new PR in the shot put, winning the event with a mark of 52-11.00.
 
On the track, it was Weaver who set the tone, winning both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.23, which was a new personal best and 1:00.45, respectively. Sophomore Khala Taylor had a very busy day, competing in five events; the 200-meters, 400-meters where she PR’ed with a time of 56.98, the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and the javelin, having a strong day in each event.
 
Freshman Megan Bordes set a new PR by over 14 seconds with a time of 10:50.74 in her 3000-meter steeplechase victory, placing her sixth on the all-time performance list and earning her the freshman record. Junior Sydney Gray also impressed in the 3000-meters with a personal best of 9:26.65 on her way to a second place finish, which ranks her ninth all-time among Cal performers. She also PR’ed in the 1500-meters after clocking a time of 4:21.68, surpassing her previous best set last week at the Tri-Meet in Charlottesville, Va. (4:26.69). That mark was good enough to place her eighth on Cal's all-time performer list as well.
 
Cal will have some student-athletes in action next week at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., so stay tuned to CalBears.com for all of the meet information leading up to it.

120th Big Meet
Edwards Stadium/Berkeley, Calif.
 
California Results

Men
100-meters – 1. Tom Blocker 10.48; 2. Khalfani Muhammad 10.60; 3. Dash Oliver 10.73; 4. Charles Saseun 10.82; 5. Julius Travis 11.11
 
200-meters – 1. Tom Blocker 21.15 PR; 2. Khalfani Muhammad 21.27; 3. Charles Saseun 21.78; 4. Cameron Roach 22.21; 5. Dash Oliver 22.42; 6. Julius Travis 22.46
 
400-meters – 2. Daniel Davis 48.66; 3. Cameron Roach 49.59; 4. William Contreras 50.38
 
800-meters – 2. Jordan Locklear 1:49.90 PR; 6. Eugene Hamilton III 1:51.63; 8. Ivan Gonzalez 1:52.70; 9. Thomas Joyce 1:52.85 PR
 
1500-meters – 1. Thomas Joyce 3:46.76; 5. Jordan Locklear 3:49.40; 6. Josh Lewis 3:52.00 PR; 7. Trent Brendel 3:54.09; 8. Kristian Martinez 3:55.34; 10. Evan Malone-White 3:56.78 PR
 
3000-meters – 4. Chris Walden 8:06.18; 5. Leland Later 8:16.51 PR; 6. J.P. Slater 8:17.26 PR; 7. John Lawson 8:20.41; 8. Yohaness Estifanos 8:32.75 PR
 
110-meter hurdles – 1. Randy Bermea 14.59; Maurice Valentine, Jr. 14.81; 3. Marsalis Gibson 14.98; 4. Andrew Cruikshank 15.62
 
400-meter hurdles – 1. Randy Bermea 51.46; 2. Joost de Jong 53.12 PR; 4. Marsalis Gibson 56.73
 
3000-meter Steeplechase – 1. Simon Schmidt 9:09.78; 3. Seamus Land 9:22.40; 5. Jeff Schaefer 9:35.19 PR; 6. Edward Trim 9:48.67
 
4x100-meter relay – 1. Khalfani Muhammad; Dash Oliver; Milan Ristic; Tom Blocker 40.52
 
4x400-meter relay – 2. Joost de Jong; Ivan Gonzalez; Eugene Hamilton III; Dan Davis 3:15.52; 3. Josh Lewis; Evan Malone-White; Kristian Martinez; Trent Brendel 3:25.34
 
High Jump – 1. Nick Ridge 7-0.50 (2.15m); 2. Noel Frazier 6-10.75 (2.10m); 3. Andrew Cruikshank 5-10.75 (1.80m) PR
 
Pole Vault – 2. Andrew Cruikshank 10-11.75 (3.35m)
 
Long Jump – 1. Hammed Suleman 25-0.50 (7.63m); 2. Jonte Grant 24-2.50 (7.38m)
 
Triple Jump – 1. Hammed Suleman 50-8.25 (15.45m); 2. Jonte Grant 50-7.50 (15.43m)
 
Shot Put – 1. Sullivan Parker 56-1.25 (17.10m); 2. Matt Esparza 52-8.25 (16.06m) PR; 3. Cody Bickham 50-5.25 (15.37m)
 
Hammer – 1. Scott Esparza 209-1 (63.72m) PR; 2. Derek White 204-0 (62.17m); 4. Isaac Dan 197-3 (60.13m) PR; 5. CJ Nwuzi 173-2 (52.79m)
 
Discus – 1. Derek White 194-11 (59.42m) PR; 3. Brenden Song 173-4 (52.15m); 5. Sullivan Parker 149-8 (45.61m); 6. Cody Bickham 139-5 (42.50m); 7. Andrew Cruikshank 137-8 (41.97m); CJ Nwuzi Foul
 
Javelin – 2. Andrew Cruikshank 160-6 (48.93m); 3. Peter Wild 148-3 (45.20m)
 
Team Scores – California 113; Stanford 48

Women
100-meters – 1. Kiare Tanner 12.62; 2. Malaina Payton 13.39; 3. Nijae Jones 14.63
 
200-meters – 2. Jaci Powell 25.21; 3. Khala Taylor 25.57
 
400-meters – 2. Khala Taylor 56.98 PR; 3. Nijae Jones 57.85 PR
 
800-meters – 3. Arielle Stevenson 2:13.17; 4. Katherine Haysbert 2:14.97; 6. Xochitl Navarrete 2:15.53; 7. Marissa Scott 2:16.02 PR
 
1500-meters – 4. Sydney Gray 4:21.68 PR; 7. Xochitl Navarrete 4:37.33 PR; 8. Laura O’Neill 4:37.70
 
3000-meters – 2. Sydney Gray 9:26.65 PR; 3. Kelsey Santisteban 9:30.06; 6. Ashlyn Dadkhah 9:58.83 PR; 7. Heather Cerney 10:07.78; 8. Mariel Mendoza 10:37.32
 
100-meter hurdles – 1. Angelica Weaver 14.23 PR; 2. Jaci Powell 14.32; 3. Tiarra Pittman 15.11 PR
 
400-meter hurdles – 1. Angelica Weaver 1:00.45; 2. Tiarra Pittman 1:01.90
 
3000-meter Steeplechase – 1. Megan Bordes 10:50.74 PR; 4. Molly Babcock 11:16.93
 
4x100-meter relay – 1. Khala Taylor; Tiara Pittman; Angelica Weaver; Jaci Powell 48.04
 
4x400-meter relay – 2. Khala Taylor; Nijae Jones; Angelica Weaver; Arielle Stevenson 3:48.29
 
High Jump – 1. Grace Beaudoin 5-7.75 (1.72m); 2. Christine Canning 5-3.75 (1.62m) PR; 3. Tara Lookabaugh 5-1.75 (1.57m)
 
Pole Vault – 2. Victoria Rische 12-8.25 (3.87m); 3. Nicole Larson 11-8.50 (3.57m)
 
Long Jump – 1. Malaina Payton 18-11.75; 2. Jaci Powell 18-2.25; 3. Kiare Tanner 16-8.75
 
Triple Jump – 1. Kiare Tanner 39-9.75 (12.03m); 2. Tara Lookabaugh 33-6.50 (10.22m); 3. Grace Beaudoin 31-7.50 (9.64m)
 
Shot Put – 1. Chioma Amaechi 52-11.00 (16.13m) PR; Shelby Ashe Foul
 
Hammer – 1. Shelby Ashe 200-11 (61.24m); 2. Maggie Simpson 176-10 (53.91m) PR; 4. Chioma Amaechi 151-6 (46.17m)
 
Discus – 2. Chioma Amaechi 144-9 (44.13m); 4. Shelby Ashe 104-5 (31.83m)
 
Javelin – 3. Khala Taylor 110-2 (33.58m); 4. Jaci Powell 103-10 (31.64m)
 
Team Scores: California 97; Stanford 66


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