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Mustang Track & Field Wraps UW Indoor Meet with Four Top-15 Finishes

Mustang Track & Field Wraps UW Indoor Meet with Four Top-15 Finishes

SEATTLE — After seeing sophomore Caice Lanovaz take eighth place in Friday's pentathlon at the UW Invitational, seven Cal Poly teammates combined to post four more top-15 finishes on Saturday as the Mustang women's track & field squad concluded the opening indoor meet of the winter.

In addition to most collegiate programs from throughout the western region, the annual invite hosted by the Huskies inside Dempsey Stadium features numerous clubs as well as individual pros.

High jumper Julie Zweng finished a team-best fifth, with a clearance of 5 feet, 5 inches, which equaled her collegiate PR from a year ago. The sophomore jumped the same height at the same meet as a freshman.

Hawai'i sophomore Lily Lowe — also seeded in Flight 2 — won with a clearance of 5' 10.75", while Mustang senior Danielle Taylor came in 12th place, at 5' 3".

Later on, sophomore Abi Iriafen posted a 13th-place triple jump mark of 38' 1.5" on her second attempt. Lexi Ellis of the Flying AJ's Club won at 42' 3.5" to out-duel a duo of Pac-12 seniors, Cal's Ashley Anderson (41' 10") & Stanford's Marisa Kwiatkowski (41' 3.25").

Cal Poly sophomore Remington Mahlum also added a triple of 35' 7.25" (26th), and junior Juliana McCuaig made her return from a redshirt season in 2017 to land at 34' 8.25" (33rd) in her first meet back.

To close the evening, sophomore Julianna Ruotolo, juniors Jazmin Moreno & Nikki Boggs, and sophomore Ann Caroline Kaseberg combined to finish 11th in the 4x400m relay, clocking a time of 3:56.60. The hosts (ranked No. 6 in the latest regional poll) took the title in familiar surroundings, at 3:47.29.

Starting the morning, sophomore Molly Ross was 28th overall in 60m hurdles qualifying, with a time of 9.39 seconds, and senior Sydney Magdalena followed closely in 32nd at 9.48. Moreno ran the 60-meter dash in 8.04 seconds, a new career best taking 37th altogether (out of 68 competitors via 13 heats).

Allison Scranton, a junior, led Cal Poly in the shot put posting a mark of 39' 9.25" (32nd), while sophomore Emma Coleman heaved 38' 6.75" (37th).

Ruotolo (39th; 58.70) and Boggs (58th; 1:00.31) also competed in the 400 meters, and junior heptathlete Keana Viss entered two events, clearing 4' 9" in the high jump (39th) before timing 2:25.03 (58th) in the 800m.

The Mustangs will return to the Pacific Northwest for the Husky Classic (hosted at the same site) on Feb. 9-10.