AUSTIN, Texas — Cal Poly's Swarnjit Boyal and Ted Scranton competed at the West Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships on Thursday in Myers Stadium, the first among seven Mustangs looking to advance to the national track & field finals at Oregon.
Boyal finished in 30th place in the men's 10,000-meter semifinals, with a time of 31 minutes, 5.65 seconds in the last event of the night.
Approaching the halfway point following the double-waterfall start, Boyal took his best positioning with 4,800 meters elapsed, moving up to 13th place with a pace of 14:40.05 before the rest of the field regained ground in ensuing laps.
The meet hosted by Texas features the top 48 student-athletes to the west of the Mississippi River in each respective event, while Kentucky is concurrently hosting the eastern schools. Top 12 finishers from each region qualify to move on to the NCAA finals, June 7-10 on ESPN.
Earlier this year, Boyal, a junior from Yuba City, ran a time of 29:25.07 at the Mt. SAC Relays, good for the No. 29 ranking regionally. Also the Big West Conference champion at 31:35.59 two weeks ago, he'll return as a senior next spring ranked No. 9 in school history.
Marc Scott of Tulsa won at 29:50.49, while Oklahoma State's Sylvester Barus secured the last berth in 30:10.61. Boyal has another race remaining at the meet, as he also qualified for the 5,000-meter semis, where he'll be joined by teammate Garrett Migliozzi at 8:45 p.m. CDT Saturday.
The first Mustang to compete, Scranton, opened the morning with the men's javelin first round, finishing 40th.
Scranton, a senior from Petaluma, threw for a mark of 187 feet, 3 inches on his third attempt. After beginning with marks of 174' 9" and 170' 9", he moved up eight spots from his seed on the final throw.
Sindri Gudmundsson of Utah State edged Texas A&M's Ioannis Kyriazis for the top spot in Eugene, 249' 11" to 249' 7".
Also the recent Big West decathlon champion, Scranton will graduate No. 10 in school history for the javelin with a career-best mark of 201' 8.25".
In addition to Migliozzi, four more Mustangs — Allison Scranton (12 noon CDT Friday in the women's discus), Arnie Sambel (4:30 p.m. Texas time Friday for the shot put and 1 p.m. Saturday for the discus), Kalesi Budei (6 p.m. Saturday in the triple jump) and Peyton Bilo (8:05 p.m. local time Saturday for the 5,000 meters) — are also scheduled for the next two days.