Cal Poly's Boyal Takes 2nd in 10,000 Meters at Stanford Invitational

Cal Poly's Boyal Takes 2nd in 10,000 Meters at Stanford Invitational

McDonald, Fitzsimmons Also Post Historic Times for Mustangs in Bay Area, While Cotsirilos Almost Wins at Distance Carnival

PALO ALTO and HAYWARD, Calif. — Swarnjit Boyal took second place in the men's 10,000-meter run late Friday night at the 43rd annual Stanford Invitational, only 2.57 seconds back of earning top honors at Cobb Track, leading the Cal Poly track & field program at one of the Mustangs' three meets throughout the weekend.

Boyal, a senior from Yuba City, moved from No. 9 to No. 5 in school history with his performance of 29:05.54.

With 11 laps remaining, Boyal maneuvered from 11th to ninth among the field of 40, and fluctuated between eighth and 10th-place positioning for the next seven laps. He then accelerated all the way up to fourth with three-and-a-half laps left, before setting up a three-way battle alongside Oregon's Tanner Anderson & Adams State's Sydney Gidabuday approaching two laps to go.

Gidabuday, a four-time Division II individual national champion, prevailed down the stretch, winning at 29:02.97, while Anderson, an All-American for the Ducks last spring, finished third in 29:07.39.

The defending Big West Conference champion for the event, Boyal is looking to make a return trip to the NCAA prelims after his trip to Texas last May.  

Also Friday at Stanford, Sean McDermott came in 13th place in Section 3 of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, at 9:21.85. Air Force's Andrew Milliron won in 8:54.56.

Earlier, at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival hosted at Chabot College, Mustang senior Peter Cotsirilos almost won the 1,500 meters, taking third place with a time of 3:48.93. Also in Section 1, Utah State's Clay Lambourne edged teammate Jordan Beutler for the win, 3:48.71 to 3:48.87.

It was the second straight sub-3:49 showing for Cotsirilos, as he established a career-best 3:48.80 at home for the ShareSLO Invitational a week ago. Alex Merder finished in 18th place overall among the 131 individuals at Chabot, clocking a 3:54.05, while Robert Franklin added a 44th-place 3:59.07.

Maddie McDonald improved her career-best performance in the 3,000m steeplechase, taking eighth place altogether, in 10:41.33. McDonald cut 2.3 seconds off her PR, which already ranked No. 3 in school history. Delaney Fitzsimmons also improved her top time for the steeple, moving from No. 10 all-time at Cal Poly to No. 5, thanks to her 11th-place 10:47.49.

Logan Marshall also clocked a 23rd-place steeple of 9:17.21 on the men's side.

Closing the evening at the Distance Carnival, Cal Poly junior Miranda Daschian was the runner-up in Section 2 of the 5,000 meters (eighth overall amid seven sections), posting a time of 17:01.41. Janelle Lincks of the Boulder Track Club won at 16:29.96.

Seven Mustang underclassmen also competed in the 5,000, as Sierra Brill took 31st place in 17:26.75, ahead of fellow freshmen Abbey Fisk (43rd; 17:36.31), Angela DiPentino (47th; 17:41.63) & Kelsey Takeuchi (64th; 17:55.32), followed by redshirt freshman Cate Ratliff (88th; 18:13.85) along with sophomores Ashley Heys (94th; 18:24.25) & Chase Worthen (116th; 18:44.31).

Mikey Giguere paced Cal Poly in the men's 5,000 meters, recording a 15th-place time of 14:24.96. Evan Jameson also came in 32nd in a field comprised of nine sections featuring 226 competitors, at 14:42.42. Behind him were Jake Ritter (14:43.66; good for 37th), Tim Chrisman (14:49.87; 54th), Hunter Clark (14:58.57; 81st) & Benjamin Holland (15:11.90; 115th).

Hannah Hull also PR'd in the 1,500 meters, earning 21st overall with a time of 4:33.95, followed by Melodie Leroudier (67th, at 4:46.73) & Rachel Bordes (4:49.95; 79th).

Cal Poly will continue its weekend at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Challenge on Saturday.

In addition to the Mustangs and hosts, the Orange County meet (which goes from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) also features CSU Bakersfield, Cornell and UC Davis.