It's pretty early to have the Big Meet, normally held in late April or the first of May. But the 2007 edition is at Stanford this Saturday. The timing makes it hard to dope, or predict if you're not familiar with Track & Field talk. But, doping a track meet is a passion, and I'm here to try.
I've listed the events in the order I think they will be completed. Scoring is 6-3-1 for the 17 individual events, and 5-0 for the two relays. 163 points total; 82 wins the meet. The Stanford Men have not done well recently, while the Stanford Women have done well.
The Sprints will be interesting, because after Wopamo Osaisai, neither Men's team has much. The Men's Distances will be unusual, as the Stanford Men have dominated recently, but California has an excellent group now.
The 2007 Big Meet Dope Sheet
Javelin: Maier-S, VanRawenswaay-C, Bennett-S
Stan 6-3 (running score)
Pole Vault: Franklin-C, Raub-C, Hewitt-S
Long Jump: McLain-S, Matthew-S, Marchbanks-C
3K Steeplechase: 3 Stanford Women
I just don't know who might run for Stanford, but Cal doesn't seem to have anyone.
Hammer: Johnson-C, Elsbury-S, Faubus-C
4x100 Relay: Stanford
1500: Lambie-S, Centrowitz-S, Follmar-S
100 Hurdles: Broom-C, Miller-S, Stewart-S
Shot Put: Faubus-C, Yunghams-S, Anyanwu-C
400: Turner-C, Johnson-C, Mottaz-S
100: Davis-S, Bailey-S, Matthew-S
800: Johnson-C, Pierce-C, Freeman-S
This will be a great race as all three placers could be NCAA finalists.
Triple Jump: McLain-S, Strickland-C, Stewart-S
400 Hurdles: Otu-S, Cartwright-C, Stewart-S
A wide open race, with no quality runners.
200: Davis-S, Bailey-S, Turner-C
High Jump: McPherson-C, Grimes-C, Stewart-S
Discus: Anyanwu-C, Strot-C, Faubus-C
5K: McWalters-S, A. Trotter-S, K. Trotter-S
Stanford clinches the meet. A good thing because Cal has an excellent Relay Team.
4x400 Relay: Cal
Final Score: Stanford 89, Cal 74
Track is a point swing sport. That is, if Cal picks up nine points, Stanford loses those nine, and it's a one-point Cal win.
Hammer: Ludden-C, Davis-Hammerquist-S, Kogan-S
Cal 5-4 (running score)
Long Jump: Hustedt-S, Munabi-S, Sherman-S
Javelin: Hallgrimsson-C, Haddock-S, Hustedt-S
3K Steeplechase: Pierce-S, Mocko-S, Cal
High Jump: Wright-C, Hustedt-S, Coleman-S
Shot Put: Kent-C, Robertson-S, Marcellari-S
4x100 Relay: Stanford
Here's where a surprise could turn up - Cal footballers? We'll see.
1500: Brown-S, Torrance-C, Heath-S
This will be a great race, and maybe we'll see the metric equivalent of a four-minute mile. Both schools are loaded in this event.
High Hurdles: Paul-C, Bradley-S, Mack-C
A swing event with six quality runners.
400: Solis-S, Chandy-S, Suddaby-C
100: Osaisai-S, Conrad-C, Belch-S
Discus: Robertson-S, Schaerer-S, Kent-C
800: Garcia-S, Torrance-C, Brown-S
Another quality event that either team could perhaps sweep.
Triple Jump: Okanlani-S, Sherman-S, Amadi-C
400 Hurdles: Hanson-C, Gallimore-C, Cal
200: Osaisai-S, Chandy-S, Mack-C
Pole Vault: Hoste-S, Shuler-C, Dickens-S
5K: G. Ghebray-C, Gomez-S, Araia-S
4x400 Relay: Cal
Final Score: Stanford, 96 Cal, 67
I have Stanford outscoring Cal 17-11 in the 800m, 1500m and 5K. It could easily go the other way. Stanford must pass well in the 400 Relay, but they have the speed. If the distances are reversed and Cal wins the 400 Relay, that's an 11-point swing and the meet is much closer.
First field event is at 11:50am; the first running event at 2:00pm. Hope you can join the track nuts from Cal and Stanford.
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