Six Mustangs Win Events as Cal Poly Track Begins Season at Cal Opener

Six Mustangs Win Events as Cal Poly Track Begins Season at Cal Opener

BERKELEY, Calif. — The Cal Poly track & field team won six events at the Cal Opener on Saturday at Edwards Stadium, highlighting the Mustangs' first outdoor meet of the 2018 season.

Mustang junior Dane Clemensen won the javelin with a throw of 165 feet, 7 inches on his fourth attempt, topping UC Davis' Adan Hernandez at 159 feet. Two Cal Poly teammates, Ryan Gonter (third, at 151' 2") and Brandon Dick (fourth; 131' 5"), competed at their first collegiate meet in the event.

Connor Crowe matched his career-best time while winning the 800 meters in 1:52.60, as the junior beat out freshman teammate Thomas Schauerman (1:53.89) at the front, followed by sophomore Thomas Heib in seventh (1:57.76).

Cal Poly swept the Top 3 in the women's triple jump — led by sophomore Abi Iriafen with the win, reaching a mark of 37' 10.75" on her sixth attempt. She was followed by juniors Kalesi Budei (37' 9.25") and Juliana McCuaig (35' 9.5").

Meanwhile true freshman Brooke Tjerrild won the pole vault, clearing 12' 7.5". Also for the Mustangs, sophomore Sydney Jaques vaulted a third-place height of 11' 11.75", followed in fourth & fifth by freshmen Kayla Myers (11' 5.75") & Codie Wilshusen (10' 11.75").

The Mustangs dominated both 3,000-meter events. On the women's side, senior Maddie McDonald won with a time of 10:12.37, edging teammates Abbey Fisk (10:14.71) and Delaney Fitzsimmons (10:16.26) in the Top 3. Not far behind were Angela DiPentino in fifth at 10:16.52 and Bryanna Fuller in sixth at 10:19.14. Hunter Clark won with a performance of 8:29.90, beating out teammate Evan Jameson (8:34.41), as only Cal's Steven Khan (8:35.76, edging Tim Chrisman's 8:37.33) staved off another Mustang sweep.

Ciara Levy was second in the 100m hurdles, with a time of 14.44. Heptathletes Caice Lanovaz (sixth; 15.14) and Keana Viss (10th; 16.16) also competed in the event.

Liam Martinez tallied another runner-up performance, clocking a time of 49.25 seconds in the 400 meters.

Julie Zweng almost won the high jump, as she was edged in a jump-off against UC Davis' Jaleah Calvillo after the two tied at 5' 4.25", ahead of senior Danielle Taylor at 5' 2.25" for third. The Mustangs also scored second in the men's high jump, as Bailey Thayer cleared 6' 2", while decathlete Jacob Rickman placed fifth at 6 feet.

Brad Beekman also earned second place in the pole vault (with a height of 15' 11"), as did Bikram Thiara in the 400m hurdles (53.36) at his debut collegiate meet.

The Mustangs also claimed spots 2, 3 and 4 in the women's 800m — going to Natalie Grohmann (2:15.28), Mikaela Romanini (2:16.29) and Michelle Chandler (2:16.87).

Daijah Joe-Smith finished third in the 100-meter dash, at 12.16, and also teamed with Jazmin Moreno, Ralaina LiDrazzah and Ann Caroline Kaseberg for a fourth-place 4x100m relay of 49.25 seconds.

Kaseberg would also take third in the 400m, at 57.50 to edge teammate Julianna Ruotolo's 57.73, and Moreno also added a 200m of 25.73 for ninth.

Peter Cotsirilos also posted a third-place finish, recording a 3:52.16 in the 1,500m, followed by Robert Franklin in sixth at 3:59.47. Four Mustangs competed in the women's 1,500m, paced by Sierra Brill (fourth in 4:37.87), ahead of Hannah Hull (fifth; 4:38.29), Melodie Leroudier (seventh; 4:42.20) and Rachel Bordes (eighth; 4:43.07).

Third-place points were also provided by Sarah Greenberg, who earned a javelin mark of 110' 11" in her debut at Cal Poly. Lanovaz (103' 4"), Viss (98' 3") and Claire Pirio (89' 5") also went 4-6-8 in the javelin.

Emma Coleman led Cal Poly in the shot put with a mark of 39' 10.5" (good for fourth), just ahead of Allison Scranton in fifth, at 39' 5.75". Later on, Scranton would take fourth in the discus with a throw of 146' 5", followed by Coleman in eighth, at 122' 2".

Lanovaz, in one of her three events for the day, landed a fourth-place long jump of 18' 5.25", along with Budei (sixth via 17' 6.25"), Iriafen (seventh; 17' 6"), Viss (ninth; 15' 10.5") and McCuaig (10th; 15' 6"). Viss would also enter a fourth event of the day, the 400m hurdles, finishing fifth in 65.63, and Levy added a 70.11 (eighth) in her second hurdles event. Thayer clocked a time of 15.39 to take fifth in the 110m hurdles.

Additional fifth-place finishes were posted by Parker Jenks in the shot put (48' 4") and Colin Masterson in the hammer throw (141' 5"). Jenks also added a sixth-place throw of 133' 6" in the hammer, while Rickman (45' 4.5") along with Will Smith (42' 10.25") came in seventh and eighth in the shot.

Smith led the Mustangs with a fourth-place discus throw of 149', ahead of Jenks (eighth; 130' 8") and Dick (ninth; 126' 11").

Four Mustangs vied in the long jump: Damien Trunkey (seventh at 20' 8"), Jonathan Shaw (eighth; 20' 3"), Thayer (10th; 19' 8") and Jason Lewis (11th; 19' 0.75").

Nate Greenelsh finished seventh in the 200m, with a time of 22.38, and VJ Obiajulu came in ninth at 23.17.

Chineme Allison was ninth in the 100-meter dash (11.19), after combining with Obiajulu, Greenelsh & Trunkey for a fourth-place 4x100m relay performance of 42.62. Trunkey also came in fourth place in the triple jump, with a mark of 44' 0.5".

To close out Saturday, Ruotolo, Moreno, Romanini & Kaseberg finished third in the 4x400m relay (at 3:56.47), before Thiara, Martinez, Heib & Lewis took third (in 3:21.99).

Cal Poly will return with the UC Santa Barbara Tri-Meet held at Westmont College in Montecito on March 10, leading up to the 36th annual Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational (also Alumni Weekend) on March 23-24 (with the dedication of Steve Miller & John Capriotti Athletics Facility on the latter day).