Migliozzi, Giguere, Bilo Win Big West Conference Titles for Cal Poly Track

Migliozzi, Giguere, Bilo Win Big West Conference Titles for Cal Poly Track

Budei, Sulaitis Also Make All-Conference Team with Trips to Medal Stand

Scranton, Hartinger Also Post Historic Performances as Mustangs Combine for 9 PRs Plus 8 Season-Bests on Day 2 of Championships

FULLERTON, Calif. — Garrett Migliozzi, Mikey Giguere and Peyton Bilo all won conference titles for Cal Poly on Saturday at the Big West Track & Field Championships, leading the Mustangs on Day 2 of the meet at Cal State Fullerton on FOX Sports.

Cal Poly also nearly won the team championship on the men's side, going into the final event (the 4x400-meter relay) trailing just 125-124 against the host Titans. CSF would hang on to lift the trophy at home, finishing second in the relay with a time of 3:11.42 to finalize a score of 133 points.

Liam Martinez, Marcus Beloney, Clayton Mackay and Connor Crowe ran a season-best 4x400m: 3:14.55, for fifth place as the Mustangs finished second overall with 128 points. In winning the men's title, Fullerton denied Long Beach State's bid for a five-peat.

Meanwhile CSUN edged UC Davis for its second women's championship in three years, 144-142.7; Cal Poly came in fifth with 84 points. The Mustangs also closed with a season-best performance in the relay, as Nina Rondoni, Mallory Patino, Bailey Sanin and Ann Caroline Kaseberg combined for a time of 3:50.27 (sixth). 

Migliozzi won the first title of the day for the Mustangs in the 1,500 meters, running 3:54.34 to edge UC Santa Barbara rival Andrew Verdin's 3:54.43.

Migliozzi, a junior whose top time of the season, 3:48.79, came at the dual meet vs. the Gauchos on April 29, becomes the 15th conference champion for the 1,500m in Mustang history. Peter Cotsirilos added a fifth-place 3:56.35, while Alex Merder was next, in sixth at 3:59.00.

Before the relay finale, Giguere and Bilo swept the 5,000-meter crowns.

Giguere won the men's championship in 14:46.09, beating UC Davis' Jordy Ceja by 3.7 seconds. The junior's victory represents the 24th conference title at the distance for Cal Poly all-time. 

Devon Grove also added a fifth-place 5,000m run (15:00.35), followed by Logan Marshall in seventh (via a career-best 15:02.25), Justin Robison in eighth (15:05.78), Wesley Walsh 11th (15:12.96), Zachary Wims 12th (15:15.37), Swarnjit Boyal 16th (15:19.57), David Galvez 17th (15:22.24) and Peter Cotsirilos in 18th (15:30.57).
 
Bilo then claimed her 5,000m championship in 16:43.83 — 20.77 seconds in front of UC Riverside's Weslie Pearce. She joins teammates Katie Izzo (2016) and Molly Haar (2015) as champions in the event, placing the Mustangs' total of 5,000m titles at 15 since 1982.

Also for the Mustangs, Maddie McDonald came in sixth place in the 5,000 meters with a PR of 17:35.17, joined by Kylie Nishisaka (14th in 17:59.86), Hannah Hull (15th; a career-best 18:02.15) and Delaney Fitzsimmons (24th; 18:30.61 for another PR).

Along with Migliozzi, Giguere and Bilo, Boyal (the men's 10,000-meter champion Friday night) and Ted Scranton (the decathlon winner on May 6) combined to up Cal Poly's total of event conference championships to 449 all-time, including 127 in the Big West since 1997.

It was actually Bilo's second all-conference plaque of the day, as earlier in the afternoon she was the 1,500-meter runner-up in 4:31.20. Allie Sulaitis also came in fourth for the Mustangs at 4:37.00, followed by Ashley Windsor in fifth (4:37.83), Nishisaka in sixth (4:38.95) and Hull in ninth (4:41.40).

A little more than an hour later, Sulaitis would return to earn all-conference status by finishing third in the 800 meters, running a career-best 2:10.05. Natalie Grohmann followed in fifth at 2:12.43, along with Megan Melnyk in eighth at 2:18.53.

Kalesi Budei also earned all-conference accolades, finishing in third place in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 9 inches on her sixth and final attempt. A sophomore, Budei not only shattered her PR (previously 39' 6"); she moved to No. 6 in program history.

Budei's mark ranked within the top 45 in the region as of Saturday evening. Abi Iriafen also was only three-quarters of an inch away from matching her PR, finishing fifth with a mark of 40' 3.25".

Megan Mooney established a season-best in the javelin, as the defending champion threw for a mark of 142' 1.75" on her third attempt. The redshirt sophomore took fourth place in the opening event of the afternoon.

Jessica Escalante also finished 12th in the javelin, at 122' 9.5".

Ben Hartinger scored a fourth-place finish in the 110m hurdles, bettering his PR to 14.39 seconds. Hartinger, who moved from No. 6 to No. 5 in school history for the event, will graduate having finished in the top four at each of his last three conference championship meets.

Allison Scranton took fifth place in the discus, with a new PR of 167' 6" on her fourth throw. In crushing her previous best of 158' 8" (161' 9.5" at Utah State), Scranton moved from No. 10 to No. 6 all-time at Cal Poly. Midway through Saturday, the mark ranked in the top 40 regionally.

Patino tallied another fifth-place finish for Cal Poly in the 400m hurdles, at 1:01.42, just ahead of Sanin in sixth at 1:02.37.

Tyler Rohde was then also fifth in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 21.77 seconds.

Tallying team points for the second day in a row, Arnie Sambel also finished fifth in the shot put, with a heave of 57' 7.5". Fellow senior Nate Vickers came in 10th at 51' 11.5".

In the first track event of the day, Chineme Allison, Rohde, Beloney and Jacob Rickman combined to take fifth place in the 4x100m relay, in 41.46 seconds (just two-hundredths off a season-best). Daijah Joe-Smith, Escalante, Ralaina LiDrazzah and Jazmin Moreno then timed a season-best 46.85, finishing seventh.

Crowe set a new career-best while finishing fifth in the 800 meters: 1:52.60. Also competing in his second straight Big West 400m final, Martinez finished eighth in 49.80 seconds.

In the high jump, Vince Porter and Danny Yeager tied for ninth place, clearing 6' 5.5". Bailey Thayer added a 12th-place jump of 6' 3.5". At her first Big West Championship meet, Sydney Jaques finished 19th in the pole vault, clearing 11' 4.5".

Altogether over the two-day meet, the Mustangs achieved 22 lifetime-bests, seven collegiate PRs, 13 season-bests, seven results ranking in the Top 10 in school history, and 11 all-conference performances.

The postseason will continue with the West Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships, as Texas will host one of the nation's two regionals in Myers Stadium from May 25-27. Qualifiers (usually the Top 48 per event, with the Mississippi River as the dividing line) will be announced in the week ahead.