This is a big year for Stanford senior Erica McLain. Should she finish among the top three in the women's triple jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in late June, she'll be headed for the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
McLain already has the 'A' qualifying standard for the Olympics, so all she needs is a top finish.
While making the U.S. Olympic team is priority No. 1, McLain still has some other important things on her 2008 schedule.
One such event was the annual Big Meet with Cal, held on Saturday at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. For McLain, beating the Bears was important.
"I'll do anything it takes to win," McLain said earlier in the week. She backed that up by winning the long jump and triple jump while helping the Stanford women to an 87-76 in the 29th annual meeting between the schools.
In the men's meet, Stanford captured the 114th Big Meet with a 96-67 triumph as the Cardinal swept the annual showdown for the second straight year.
The Cal women took a brief lead after the 200 meters, the 15th event of the meet, but Stanford responded with big points in the triple jump and the 3,000 meters to take control of the meet.
The Cardinal was led by McLain, the reigning NCAA indoor champion in the in the triple jump. Competing in the jumps for the first time this outdoor season, McLain easily won the triple jump by at 45-3 on her first attempt and then passed the rest of the competition. McLain also added a winning leap of 20-10 1/2 in the long jump.
Freshman Arantxa King added two seconds in the long and triple jumps as the Cardinal dominated those two events. King went 19-9 1/2 in the long jump and 41-0 1/2 in the triple jump. King also moved into sixth (triple jump) and 10th (long jump) on Stanford's all-time list.
The Stanford women's distance crew showed its dominance by sweeping the top-four places in both the 1,500 and 3,000. Lauren Centrowitz won both in 4:26.60 and 9:46.84, respectively.
The Stanford women throwers also played a huge role in the victory. The Cardinal had the top finisher in all four throwing events. In the discus, Michaela Wallerstedt won at 156-6 while Jaynie Goodbody took the hammer with a toss of 187-11, Danielle Maier won the javelin with a throw of 163-2, and Melissa Yunghans took the shot put at 48-10 1/4.
The highlight of the day for the Stanford men came in the 110 high hurdles where junior Myles Bradley established a school record with a time of 13.80 while finishing second to Cal's Thomas Mack, who ran 13.74. Bradley's time eclipsed the previous school mark of 13.94 by John Foster in 1976.
Stanford also got an outstanding meet from freshman Andrew Dargie, who took first in the 200 (21.31) and 400 (46.53). The times moved Dargie into eighth all-time in the 200 and fifth all-time in the 400 on the school's all-time list. He also ran a leg on Stanford's winning 1,600 relay team.
Also with two event wins was Tunji Munabi in the long jump and triple jump. Munabi won the long jump with a leap of 23-8 and the triple jumps with leaps of 47-5.
Stanford earned big points in the pole vault by sweeping in the pole vault; Chris Mocko won the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:05.15; Stanford dominated the middle distance races as Michael Garcia won the 800 in 1:51.18 and Russell Brown won the 1500 in 3:43.19.
The only event winner in the throws was Kyle Davis-Hammerquist in the hammer with a toss of 192-1. Other event winners for Stanford were Wopamo Osaisai in the 100 in 10.60; Durell Coleman in the 400 hurdles with a personal-best 54.55; and the Stanford 1,600 relay team that finished in 3:10.92.