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Mustang Track & Field Earns 8 PRs, 14 Season-Bests in Southern California

Mustang Track & Field Earns 8 PRs, 14 Season-Bests in Southern California

TORRANCE, AZUSA and LONG BEACH — Cal Poly combined to post eight lifetime-best performances, plus six additional season-best times or marks on Friday, as the Mustang track & field program competed at the Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational and Beach Invite.

Mustang junior Allison Scranton nearly won the women's discus at the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing second at Murdock Stadium with a throw of 163 feet on her third attempt. Scranton's season-best was edged only by Virginia Tech senior Lindsay Herra's 164' 1". Scranton moved to No. 2 in the Big West Conference for 2018, likely in the top 55 regionally.

Also in Torrance, another NCAA first-round qualifier from 2017, senior Swarnjit Boyal, competed in the Invitational-Elite section of the men's 5,000 meters during the evening. Boyal, who already ranks No. 6 in school history for the event at 14:01.48, almost eclipsed his PR, running a Big West-leading 14:01.74 to take 27th place overall; 17th among collegiate competitors. Brazil's Altobeli da Silva, the ninth-place steeplechaser at the 2016 Olympics, won at 13:37.02.

Meanwhile, also ranked among the top two in his event in the conference, senior Peter Cotsirilos represented the Mustangs in Azusa, running the 1,500m at APU's Cougar Stadium. Cotsirilos established a new career-best time, 3:47.61. Sixth out of Heat 10, Cotsirilos' time placed 71st overall among 314 individuals, as New Mexico junior Josh Kerr won in 3:35.01 — breaking the all-time NCAA record which had stood since 1981.

Back at the Mt. SAC Relays, Bikram Thiara crushed his PR in the 400m hurdles, taking eighth place in 52.86 seconds. Already No. 2 in the event throughout the conference at the start of the day (via 53.36), Thiara — the 2017 Sac-Joaquin Section 300 hurdles champion while at Sierra HS in Manteca — moved into the NCAA's top 55 for the western region.

Later on, Cal Poly senior Maddie McDonald finished fourth in the women's collegiate 5,000m, establishing a new career best of 16:46.45. Mustang freshmen Sierra Brill (17:16.74) and Abbey Fisk (17:22.91), who came in 18th & 22nd, also posted season-bests. To close out the night, a tandem of Cal Poly underclassmen added two more PRs, as Tim Chrisman took 16th place in the men's 5,000, at 14:35.71, along with Jake Ritter in 18th, at 14:37.52.

Cal Poly chalked up a pair of fifth-place finishes in the high jump at El Camino College, as Julie Zweng cleared 5 feet, 6 inches before Bailey Thayer jumped 6' 4.25".

Brad Beekman surpassed 16 feet in the pole vault for a fourth consecutive meet, clearing a seventh-place height of 16' 0.75", while Caice Lanovaz earned 12th in the long jump, landing a mark of 18' 10.5" into a headwind of -1.6.

Another 12th-place finish was had by Parker Jenks, via a season-best 48' 5.25" in the shot put, ahead of Jacob Rickman at 47' 6.25" (14th). Additionally, Will Smith was 17th in the men's discus with a mark of 155' 3".

Daijah Joe-Smith began her day teaming up with Jazmin Moreno, Molly Ross & Ann Caroline Kaseberg to earn 12th in the women's 4x100m relay — almost matching the team's season-best performance (just four-hundredths of a second back) — at 47.19. A little more than an hour later, she clocked a 100-meter dash of 12.09 seconds into a headwind (-0.3), good for 23rd.

Ross led a trio of Mustangs in the 100m hurdles, clocking a 30th-place 14.41, followed by Ciara Levy close in 31st (14.52) and Lanovaz 37th (14.80).

Alex Merder came in 14th in the men's 1,500m, posting a time of 3:52.22, and Hannah Hull was 20th in 4:35.85.

Michelle Chandler and Mikaela Romanini also both achieved season-best 800m performances, as the freshmen posted times of 2:12.25 and 2:12.45, good for 18th and 19th. Connor Crowe paced three Mustangs in the men's 800, recording a 17th-place 1:53.26, ahead of Thomas Schauerman (1:57.46; 34th) & Thomas Heib (1:57.92; 35th).

Liam Martinez took 26th in the men's 400, in 49.22, while Kaseberg and Julianna Ruotolo came in 40th and 41st overall at 57.17 & 57.18.

About 45 minutes to the southeast of the El Camino campus, Cal Poly simultaneously competed in the javelin at Long Beach State.

At Jack Rose Track, junior Megan Mooney posted a mark of 125' 6" for 45th place, and freshman Sarah Greenberg threw 102' 1", 61st. Mustang Hall of Famer Sharon Day-Monroe PR'd in the javelin at the Beach Invite for the second year in a row — this time finishing ninth, with a mark of 166' 1".

Brooke Tjerrild, the conference's top-ranked pole-vaulter at 13' 7.25" (27th in the country), will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. After this weekend, Cal Poly will visit UC Santa Barbara for the annual Blue-Green Rivalry Dual Meet on April 28.