Stanford Sweeps The Big Meet
Courtesy: Stanford Sports Information
April 20, 2009
Stanford, Calif. – For a third consecutive year the Stanford track and field teams swept the Big Meet. The Stanford women cruised to a 92-71 win, taking an early lead to leave no doubt who the eventual winner would be. The men’s meet was much closer with Stanford winning 83-80. The meet was not clinched until the 3,000 meters, the second to last event of the meet.
The annual scored dual meet is the only meet of its kind for either Stanford or Cal. This year was the 115th running of the men’s meet with Cal owning the all-time advantage, 66-47-2. The women have been competing for 30 seasons now with Stanford owning the edge, 20-10. This was also the ninth consecutive victory for the Cardinal women.
Myles Bradley highlighted the day for Stanford winning three events and breaking his own school record in the 110-meter hurdles. Bradley’s time of 13.61 was also a new Big Meet record. Bradley also captured the long jump and the triple jump, achieving personal bests in both events. His marks of 24-9 ¾ in the long jump and 49-7 in the triple jump were both regional standards.
Also breaking a school record for Stanford was Amaechi Morton in the 400-meter hurdles. Morton ran a time of 50.11 to take the Big Meet title. The Stanford freshman broke the record of 50.4 set by Randy White in 1971.
Winning a pair of events for Stanford was Garrett Heath in the 800 and 1,500 meters. Heath used his strong kick to come from the pack to win both races. His time of 3:42.14 in the 1,500 meters was a regional standard, while his winning 800-meter time was 1:50.89. Jacob Evans also ran well in the 1,500 meters with a regional standard and personal best of 3:44.10.