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Daschian, Izzo, Rahman-Davies, Tjerrild Advance to NCAA 1st Round

Daschian, Izzo, Rahman-Davies, Tjerrild Advance to NCAA 1st Round

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Miranda Daschian, Katie Izzo, Abibat Rahman-Davies and Brooke Tjerrild will represent Cal Poly in the Preliminary Round of the NCAA Track & Field Championships, as the four Mustangs have advanced to the West Regional meet held at Sacramento State from May 23-25.

The field, comprised of Top 48 student-athletes per event west of the Mississippi, was announced Thursday.

Qualifiers finishing in the Top 12 per event at Hornet Stadium will advance to join their peers out of the East Region (this year hosted by North Florida in Jacksonville simultaneous to the western meet) in moving on.

Texas hosts the NCAA Finals from June 5-8 on the ESPN family of networks in Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Each Mustang traveling to Sacramento is listed below in the scheduled order of their events. FloTrack will broadcast the action live for subscribers.

5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23
Women's 1,500 Meters
Miranda Daschian, Sr.

Daschian, who scored a team-high 20 points at the Big West Championships by becoming the conference's first woman to win both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in seven years, heads to Sacramento as the 48th seed for the 1,500m.

She posted her PR of 4:24.89 at the Blue-Green Rivalry Dual Meet at UC Santa Barbara on April 27 two weeks prior to achieving the double.

Daschian, a Psychology major from Atascadero via Cuesta College, also was selected as the Big West Track Athlete of the Week on March 26 following her meet-record time of 4:25.01 at the Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational at Miller & Capriotti Athletics Complex.

Oregon junior Jessica Hull brings in the top-seeded time, 4:12.08. A total of 24 qualifiers from the first-round heats will move on to the quarterfinals, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

5 p.m. Friday, May 24
Women's Pole Vault
Brooke Tjerrild, So.

Tjerrild, making her second straight trip to regionals after defending her conference title on May 10, is seeded No. 34 with a season-best clearance of 13 feet, 5.25 inches from the dual at UCSB April 27.

Recently at the Big West Finals, the Kinesiology major from Fresno became only the second woman in the 23-year history of the event at the meet to win the pole vault title in consecutive years. Her title-winning jump came at 13' 3".

Tjerrild ranks No. 2 in school history with a clearance of 13' 7.25" from her freshman season. A year ago, she was only one spot back of qualifying for the National Finals as she tied for 13th place at the prelims, via 13' 4.5".

Washington senior Olivia Gruver holds the top seed at 15' 6.25", No. 4 in the world coming into the meet.

3 p.m. Saturday, May 25
Women's Triple Jump
Abibat Rahman-Davies, Jr.

Rahman-Davies defended her conference title on May 11, winning the championship with a mark of 41 feet, 8.75 inches which is seeded No. 30.

With her PR, she became the Big West's third woman in 36 years to repeat as a back-to-back triple jump champ at the meet. The first woman to win two straight Big West crowns for the event in 14 years, Rahman-Davies led from the outset at the finals while improving her No. 4 ranking in program history.

Rahman-Davies is making her second consecutive trip to the NCAA level, as she came in 34th place (ninth in Flight 2, at 41' 0.25") last year in Sacramento.

A Political Science major from Rancho Cucamonga, she landed a mark of 41' 8.5" during the 2018 season on the way to her first conference championship.

Texas A&M junior Ciynamon Stevenson comes into the prelims as the No. 1 seed at 45' 9.75", ranked No. 8 in the world for 2019.

8:05 p.m. Saturday, May 25
Women's 5,000 Meters (Quarterfinals)
Katie Izzo, RS-Jr.

Izzo continues on in the postseason as the No. 38 seed thanks to her time of 16:20.09 from the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 18.

A Business major from Seal Beach, Izzo earned her PR in the fastest section of the night at Azusa, taking 22nd in the premier heat while moving to No. 9 in school history.

This is Izzo's second trip to the track prelims, as she won the Big West title for the 5,000m three years ago en route to advancing to Kansas in the 1,500m in 2016 before sustaining an injury the ensuing cross country season.

Izzo also advanced to the NCAA Cross Country Championship in Wisconsin in November, going on to take 82nd place in Madison. She made the all-conference team in the event at UCSB on May 11, earning third place in 17:12.43.

New Mexico sophomore Weini Kelati heads into the prelims as the top seed with a time of 15:23.46, ranking 10th worldwide so far in 2019.

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