Publication Date: Wednesday, May 08, 2002|
TRACK & FIELD
A very big weekend for Stanford
A very big weekend for Stanford
(May 08, 2002)
by Keith Peters
Aas far as the Stanford track and field program is concerned, it was a big, big weekend for the sport.
In the Cardinal Invitational last Friday night, the run for an American record in the women's 10,000 meters was highly successful as Deena Drossin clocked 30:50.32 to smash the previous mark of 31:19.89 set by Lynn Jennings in 1992.
Drossin actually finished second to Japan's Yoko Shibui, who set a national record of 30:48.89. Those are the two fastest times in the world this year.
"I guess records don't come easy," Drossin said, "but we had the perfect atmosphere and conditions here for the race."
In the men's 10,000, Meb Keflezighi ran the second-fastest 10,000 for an American ever with a time of 27:20.15. It was Keflezighi who set the American record in this event last year at the Stanford Invitational by running 27:13.98.
Keflezighi, like Drossin, also finished second Friday night. Albert Chepkurui of Puma International ran 27:19.79.
Elsewhere, Nicole Teter of the Stanford-based Nike Farm Team ran the fastest women's 800 of the outdoor season with a sizzling 1:59.76.
In other action, Stanford's Jessica Pluth set a school record in the hammer, throwing 196-2. She had tied the school mark last week at 192-8.
On Saturday, the big weekend for Stanford continued as the Cardinal men's and women's team swept host Cal for the second straight year in the annual Big Meet.
For the second straight year, Milton Little helped spearhead Stanford to a victory in the 108th Big Meet, this time a decisive 94-69 verdict at Edwards Stadium.
Last year, Little finished second in the triple jump to give Stanford a 82-81 victory over the Golden Bears. This year, on a clear, sunny day in Berkeley, Little scored 14 individual points in winning the long jump (23-9), the 200 meters (21.54), second in the 100 meters (10.72) and third in the triple jump (45-1).
Little's efforts helped produce the most number of points for a Cardinal men's team over California since 1933 when Stanford scored a 95-36 win. The 25-point victory margin was the largest margin of victory since a 87-58 decision in 1965. It was also the first time since 1966 that Stanford had beaten Cal on their home field (Edwards Stadium).
Stanford's men's team has now won the Big Meet two straight years. The last time that happened was 1966 when Stanford scored a 83-62 and 80-65 decision in the same year.
Palo Alto High grad Timi Wusu helped in the victory by winning the 110 high hurdles in 15.02 and taking third in the 400 intermedidate hurdles in 56.74.
The Cardinal men's point total was aided by a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,500 meters. Stanford produced 13 winners in 19 events.
Stanford's women's team dominated the Golden Bears in scoring an easy 101-62 victory. It was the second straight year that Stanford has scored 100 or more points against Cal, and the 39-point victory was the fourth-largest victory for the Cardinal in the 23-years of this meet.
Kathleen Donoghue raised her own school record in the pole vault to 13-5 1/4.
Freshman Christine Moschella and senior Robyn Woolfolk proved to be valuable point producers for the Stanford women. Moschella helped Stanford collect 15 points with victories in the 200 meters (24.63) and 400 meters (55.42), and ran the anchor leg on the winning 1,600 meter relay team (3:43.15). Woolfolk captured first place honors in the 100 meter hurdles, ran the second leg on the winning 400 meter relay team (46.09), and placed third in the 100 meters (12.55) and 200 meters (25.17).
In all, the Stanford women's team won 13 of 19 events.