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Stanford track teams are all set for the annual Big Meet with Cal

 

The Stanford men will be gunning for their fifth straight title while the women will be out to start a new win streak when the Cardinal takes on rival California in the 117th Big Meet on Saturday at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Field events begin at 11:50 a.m., with running events starting at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

The Stanford men won their fourth straight Big Meet last season, 93 1/2 to 69 1/2. The Cardinal, however, didn't clinch until late in the meet. The Stanford women, meanwhile, saw their streak of 10 straight wins end in a close 84-79 loss in Berkeley.

Stanford will be well-equipped to sweep at home with solid performers in all events. The meet will include three Stanford recordholders -- Kori Carter in the women's 100 hurdles, Amaechi Morton in the men's 400 hurdles and Katerina Stefanidi in the women's pole vault.

Carter, the only freshman on the team to currently hold school and freshman records with the same mark, has broken the 100 hurdles' record twice this season. Her fastest time of 13.38 ranks her No. 10 among all collegians this season with wind-legal times.

The versatile Morton can run the 110 highs, 400 intermediates and has gone 21.28 in the 200 and 46.66 in the open 400 meters. He holds the school record in the 400 IH of 48.94 and placed third in the event at last year's NCAA meet.

Stefanidi raised her school mark in the pole vault to 14-6 this season and also has cleared 14-4 to show her consistency.

Stanford seniors Brittni Dixon-Smith and Jake Riley, meanwhile, have competed in their share of Big Meets.

Riley, is coming off a big 2010 outdoor track season when he was an All-American in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, a difficult double. He placed seventh at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships and after redshirting the indoor season has already run 28:54.69 for the 10K outdoors. Riley is 3-0 in Big Meets.

"I've never lost a Big Meet and this is my last one, so losing is not really acceptable," Riley told gostanford.com.

Dixon-Smith is one of Stanford's most versatile athletes, contributing in the sprints, jumps and relays. She has been a Pac-10 and MPSF scorer in the long jump and triple jump as well as advancing to the NCAA's as part of the 4x100-meter relay. This season, she was the runnerup at the Pepsi Invitational in both the long jump and the 200 meters.

"I love all competition," Dixon-Smith said. "Competition is what makes the hard work I put into the sport worth doing. The Big meet really brings our team together. It is a time of the year where camaraderie and spirit among my teammates is stronger than ever. "

117th BIG MEET

At Cobb Track and Angell Field, Stanford

Saturday, April 16

Field Events

11:50 a.m. -- Women's javelin

12:30 p.m. -- Men's hammer

12:50 p.m. -- Men's long jump

12:55 p.m. -- Women's pole vault

1 p.m. -- Women's long jump

1:05 p.m. -- Men's javelin

1:10 p.m. -- Men's high jump

1:20 p.m. -- Men's shot put

1:35 p.m. -- Women's hammer

2:20 p.m. -- Men's discus

2:25 p.m. -- Women's shot put

2:40 p.m. -- Men's triple jump

2:55 p.m. -- Women's triple jump

3:05 p.m. -- Men's pole vault

3:20 p.m. -- Women's high jump

3:35 p.m. -- Women's discus

Track Events

2 p.m. -- Women's 3,000 steeplechase

2:20 p.m. -- Men's 3,000 steeplechase

2:40 p.m. -- Women's 400 relay

2:45 p.m. -- Men's 400 relay

2:50 p.m. -- Women's 1500

2:57 p.m. -- Men's 1500

3:10 p.m. -- Women's 100 hurdles

3:17 p.m. -- Men's 110 high hurdles

3:25 p.m. -- Women's 400

3:30 p.m. -- Men's 400

3:35 p.m. -- Women's 100

3:40 p.m. -- Men's 100

3:45 p.m. -- Women's 800

3:50 p.m. -- Men's 800

4 p.m. -- Women's 400 hurdles

4:07 p.m. -- Men's 400 hurdles

4:15 p.m. -- Women's 200

4:20 p.m. -- Men's 200

4:25 p.m. -- Women's 3,000

4:45 p.m. -- Men's 3,000

5:05 p.m. -- Graduating seniors recognition ceremony

5:20 p.m. -- Women's 1,600 relay

5:30 p.m. -- Men's 1,600 relay

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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