May 5, 2001
Little and McDowell finished second and third in the triple jump to give Stanford four points in the dual meet against the Golden Bears and clinch a 82-81 decision over Californa in the closest margin of victory ever for Stanford in the Big Meet. The Big Meet was held on Saturday at Cobb Track & Angell Field, and was the second time since 1997 that Stanford has scored a victory over the Golden Bears on Stanford's home turf.
The previous closest victory for Stanford was a 62-60 decision over California in 1915. And this was the closest Big Meet since a 82-81 Golden Bears win in 1988.
Little jumped a career-best 49-6 1/4 to pick up three points for second place, and McDowell leaped 48-10 3/4 for one point for third place. The crucial four points gave Stanford a 82-76 lead, and assured the Cardinal the victory. Cal won the final event of the day, a 4 x 400 meter relay, to make the final score, 82-81 in favor of Stanford.
"It felt good to help lead the team to victory," said Little, a sophomore from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, who also scored five points for Stanford in winning the long jump (25-7 1/4). "I have never jumped this well before. I haven't triple jumped in the last five weeks because I have been focusing on the long jump."
McDowell, a junior from Spring, Tx, said the victory over California was something he thought about since last year's Big Meet at Berkeley. "We didn't want to lose to California again," said McDowell. "This year we were ready to go since last year's Big Meet. Everybody pulled together, stepped up and got the job done."
Stanford enjoyed several first place efforts in men's competition. Freshman Stanley Wilson, who is a member of the Cardinal football team, ran a season-best 10.58 to win the 100 meters. Stanford Olympian Michael Stember led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Cardinal in the 800 meters at 1:48.55. Jesse Thomas added victory in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:01.66), while Michael Harte and Brandon Royster went 1-2 in the 110 meter hurdles. Omer Inan won the discus (178-4), while other Cardinal winners were Nick Welihozkiy in the hammer (201-5) and Jason Goff in the javelin (201-9).
Robert Weir is coaching the Stanford men's team while Vin Lananna is on a one-year sabbatical. "I'm excited, elated," said Weir. "We were not favored to win the meet but it just shows you what you can do when people get together and compete with great determination."
Stanford's women's team easily handled California, 101.5 to 60.5. The Cardinal scored 1-2-3 sweeps in the 200 meters (Jayna Smith, Wilsa Charles, Lindsey Johnson), the 800 meters (Ashley Couper, Maurica Carlucci, Lindsay Hyatt), the 1,500 meters (Sally Glynn, Lauren Fleshman, Colleen Flaherty) and the women's javelin (Allison Beatty, Whitney Drumright, Joy Goff). Other Cardinal winners were Laura Turner in the 3,000 meter steepelchase (10:21.26), Anne Gunnison in the 5,000 meters (17:07.98), Johnson in the 100 meter hurdles (13.74), Danielle Spurlock in the 400 meter hurdles (62.25), Julie Tinker in the long jump (20-2 1/2), and Jillian Camarena in the shot put (52-7 1/4).
Edrick Floreal is coaching the women's team while Lananna is on sabbatical and he admired the courage of the Stanford women's team. "The #1 goal was to be aggressive, push forward and make a difference," said Floreal. "Today they performed like champions."
Cardinal Catalogue Maureen Onyeagbako set a school record in finishing second in the hammer. Her throw of 192-11 broke her previous school record of 190-0 set in 1999. Jillian Camarena set a new freshman school record in the shot put at 52-7 1/4. Earlier this year Camarena had set the record at 52-7.