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Cal Poly's Romanini Sets 600m School Record at UNM Indoor Classic

Cal Poly's Romanini Sets 600m School Record at UNM Indoor Classic

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cal Poly sophomore Mikaela Romanini broke the school record for the 600-meter run on Friday night at the New Mexico Indoor Collegiate Classic, highlighting the opening day of action for the Mustang women's track & field squad inside the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Romanini finished in third place in her debut for the distance, with a time of 1:33.76.

The mid-distance specialist from Bakersfield bettered the program record which had stood since 2012 by 22-hundredths of a second, as former Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year Jenna Davis recorded a 1:33.98 in the winter of 2012 at the UW Indoor Open.

Arizona's Shannon Meisberger won on Friday, with a performance of 1:32.31, edging the second-place 1:32.47 by Timarya Baynard of San Francisco State. Also in the 600 meters, Cal Poly senior Natalie Grohmann came in 11th place, posting a 1:36.27.

Friday also saw Mustang junior Caice Lanovaz move to No. 5 in school history for the long jump specific to indoor competition, establishing a seasonal PR of 18 feet, 3.75 inches — good for seventh place.

Mustang teammate Amani Briggs also landed an indoor PR, taking 20th with a mark of 17 feet even.

Lanovaz and Briggs, multis competitors a week removed from pentathlons in Seattle, also vied in the high jump Friday, with Lanovaz tallying 12th place via a clearance of 5' 3.25" (another indoor PR), and Briggs close in 14th, with a height of 5' 1.25".

Ann Caroline Kaseberg also notched a top-10 performance Friday, finishing eighth in the 400 meters, in 57.97 seconds — good for No. 4 in program indoor history. Fellow junior Julianna Ruotolo also added a 12th-place 400m showing of 58.58.

Cal Poly senior Jazmin Moreno took fourth place in her heat for the 200-meter dash, clocking a new indoor best of 26.09 seconds, tallying 47th overall among the total field of 75. Mustang junior Emily Hallett also competed in the weight throw for a second straight week, earning 16th place, with a mark of 44' 11.5".

Action at the Lobos' annual meet will continue Saturday, with events running from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. MST.

Photo Courtesy Jamie Mitchell ©