Past, Present and Future Mustangs Head to USATF Championships

Past, Present and Future Mustangs Head to USATF Championships

SACRAMENTO — Past, present and future Cal Poly track & field student-athletes will soon compete in the state capital, as six total Mustangs are entered in the USATF Outdoor Championships.

The Junior (U-20) Championships will begin Thursday, a day before the professionals start. Both meets go through Sunday in Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State.

NBC (along with NBCSN/NBC Sports Gold) will televise the pros, while USATF TV and RunnerSpace will broadcast the juniors for subscribers.

In most cases (with select Wild Cards as exceptions), Top 3 finishers will advance to the upcoming IAAF World Championships, held in London from Aug. 4-13.

Meanwhile the junior qualifiers (typically Top 2, provided they also have applicable world standards) will move on to the 2018 IAAF U-20 games, slated for next July in Finland.

Cal Poly's Caice Lanovaz, who just completed her freshman season, is entered in the junior heptathlon, while Brooke Tjerrild, an incoming Mustang freshman pole vaulter, will also attend.

Additonally, four Cal Poly alumni — Stephanie Brown Trafton (in the discus), Ben Bruce (10,000-meter run), Sharon Day-Monroe (heptathlon) and John Prader (pole vault) — are entered on the professional stage. Below, each of the six individuals are listed in the order of their scheduled events.

Meet Schedules: JuniorsPros
Full Entry Lists: JuniorsPros
Results: JuniorsPros

Heptathlon (Juniors) • Caice Lanovaz
Thu./June 22 — 10 a.m. (100m Hurdles) / 11 a.m. (High Jump) / 1 p.m. (Shot Put) / 2 p.m. (200-Meter Dash)
Fri./June 23 — 10 a.m. (Long Jump) / 11 a.m. (Javelin) / 12:35 p.m. (800 Meters)

Lanovaz, who this past May finished in sixth place in the heptathlon at the Big West Conference Championships with a score of 4,763 points (only 38 back of the top 10 in school history), is the No. 3 seed at 5,106 points (from last summer's USATF Juniors in Clovis).

In addition to her fourth-place USATF tally last year, Lanovaz also has previously competed globally, as she was 22nd at the 2015 World Youth (U-18) Championships in Colombia.

Kansas State freshman Ariel Okorie is seeded No. 1 via 5,251 points from the recent Big 12 finals.

Discus • Stephanie Brown Trafton
Thu./June 22 — 6:50 p.m. (Finals)

Trafton, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, enters as this year's seventh seed, with a mark of 206 feet, 11.5 inches for the Golden State Throwers Club on May 1. Also this spring, she reached 179' 3" at the Hartnell Throwers Meet on April 21.

Gia Lewis-Smallwood, who won three straight USATF outdoor titles from 2013-15, tops the field with an entry mark of 215' 11".

Brown Trafton's all-time best, 222' 3", set the American record in 2012. At Cal Poly from 1999-2003, she was a seven-time Big West champion and seven-time All-American altogether.

10,000 Meters • Ben Bruce
Thu./June 22 — 10:09 p.m.

Bruce, with HOKA Elite in Flagstaff, Ariz., is ranked 10th in the field with a time of 28:09.29 — a career-best performance — at this year's Stanford Invitational on March 31.

Galen Rupp, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist for the event and American record-holder since 2014 (26:44.36), is entered at 27:08.92 from the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Bruce was both a two-time All-American and conference track champion for the Mustangs from 2003-05.

Pole Vault • John Prader
Sat./June 24 — 12 noon (Finals)

Prader is tied for the No. 12 ranking coming in, with a winning clearance of 18' 4.5" at the Austin Longhorn Invitational on April 29. He ranks 25th in the world for 2017.

Prader, who has been with ALTIS since 2014, won back-to-back conference championships for the Mustangs in 2012 and 2013. He was an All-American as a Cal Poly junior before setting the school record as a senior at 18' 7.25" (third in the NCAA that season).

Sam Kendricks, the bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics, leads the field with an entry mark of 19' 3.5" from the Diamond League meet in Shanghai on May 13.

Pole Vault (Juniors) • Brooke Tjerrild
Sat./June 24 — 4:10 p.m. (Finals)

Tjerrild, a three-time reigning Tri-River Athletic Conference champion at Clovis North High School, came in second place at the most recent CIF State Championships, with a PR of 13' 6" (seventh-highest nationally in 2017).

She's tied for the No. 4 seed in Sacramento.

Tjerrild, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent with Cal Poly, exceeded 13 feet on six different occasions as a Bronco senior.

The 2017 Central Section champion (at 13' 5"), Tjerrild also advanced to the state championship meet as a junior and sophomore.

Heptathlon • Sharon Day-Monroe
Sat./June 24 — 10:45 a.m. (100m Hurdles) / 12 noon (High Jump) / 2 p.m. (Shot Put) / 3:04 p.m. (200-Meter Dash)
Sun./June 25 — 11 a.m. (Long Jump) / 12 noon (Javelin) / 1:28 p.m. (800 Meters)

A two-time Olympian and Cal Poly Hall of Famer, Day-Monroe tallied 6,385 points at last summer's U.S. Olympic Trials.

Since 2009, Day-Monroe has earned six Top 3 USATF heptathlon finishes, including three titles for the outdoor multis, with a career-best 6,550 points in 2013. The ASICS standout posted a lifetime-best javelin mark earlier this spring: 164' 5" at Long Beach State on April 14.

At Cal Poly from 2004-08, Day was a seven-time All-American (including a national high jump championship) and six-time conference champion.

Mississippi State alumna Erica Bougard compiled a career-best score of 6,502 in Austria on May 27-28, while Kendell Williams, who earlier this month capped her Georgia career with a third NCAA crown, is also seeded in the Top 5 with 6,354 points.