Cal Poly Earns 10 Top 3 Finishes at Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Invitational

Cal Poly Earns 10 Top 3 Finishes at Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Invitational

Takeuchi Wins 3,000; Holland, Chrisman, Tjerrild, Beekman, Iriafen, Marshall, Scranton, Thiara, Men's 4x1 Also Lead Mustangs at UCLA

LOS ANGELES — Cal Poly combined to post 10 top-three finishes on Saturday at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, highlighting a full day of action for the Mustang track & field program at UCLA's 16th annual meet in Drake Stadium.

Mustang freshman Kelsey Takeuchi won the 3,000 meters, posting a time of 10:09.62 to top Bruin senior Jessica Cushing-Murray at 10:14.66. Takeuchi's time leads the team for 2018. She was followed by Chase Worthen in sixth place (at 10:39.97) and Ashley Heys in seventh (10:45.26).

Ben Holland claimed a second-place finish in the men's 3,000, in 8:30.71, to edge teammates Tim Chrisman (third at 8:32.02) and Hunter Clark (fifth; 8:39.97). 

Meanwhile, fellow freshman Brooke Tjerrild earned second place in the pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 1.5 inches. It's the third pole vault of at least 13 feet this year for Tjerrild, a two-time Big West Athlete of the Week. Texas A&M's Emily Gunderson won at 13' 5.25". Also for the Mustangs, two more freshmen matched their collegiate PRs, as Kayla Myers cleared a fifth-place height of 12' 1.5", and Codie Wilshusen was ninth at 11' 7.75".

Cal Poly also scored a second-place pole vault on the men's side, where senior Brad Beekman cleared 16' 0.75". Teammates Matt Hunt & Enzo Sison each added heights of 14' 7.25", earning fourth & fifth place. 

Abi Iriafen came in third place in the women's triple jump, landing a mark of 39' 6.75" on her sixth attempt, while Logan Marshall also took third in the 3,000m steeplechase, clocking a 9:17.57.

Additionally, Allison Scranton finished third in the discus, releasing a throw of 158' 1" on her second attempt, and Bikram Thiara was third in the 400m hurdles, at 53.99. (Thiara would also record a fifth-place 110m hurdles time of 15.08.)

Ciara Levy led Cal Poly in the 100m hurdles, taking fourth place in 14.15 seconds, just five-hundredths shy of her career-best, while Molly Ross came in eighth at 14.63, and Caice Lanovaz 10th in 14.99. Additionally, Lanovaz was fifth in the long jump at 18' 3.75".

Jacob Rickman was fourth in the shot put with a mark of 47' 7.25", ahead of Parker Jenks in fifth at 47' 1.5". Colin Masterson also took fourth in the hammer throw at 133' 6", and Will Smith was only a foot back of his season-best discus mark, at 154' 8" (good for fifth).

Chineme Allison, Liam Martinez, Griffin Teague & Damien Trunkey combined to finish second in the 4x100m relay, via a season-best performance of 41.96. Allison also finished fifth in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.95 seconds, before Teague added a sixth-place 200, 22.99.

Martinez took fifth place in the 400 meters in 49.01 seconds, as did Connor Crowe for the 800 at 1:52.85 (ahead of Thomas Heib next at a season-best 1:53.24).

Daijah Joe-Smith, Jazmin Moreno, Ross & Ann Caroline Kaseberg also achieved a season-best 4x1, coming in fourth place at 47.15. Later on, Joe-Smith returned to post a 200 of 24.68 seconds for eighth place, ahead of Kaseberg (25.47) and Moreno (26.04) in 10th and 12th.

Julie Zweng added a fifth-place high jump of 5' 5.75", and Julianna Ruotolo (5' 3.75") & Danielle Taylor (5' 1.75") were seventh and ninth. Alexandra Alamillo also tallied fifth place in the 400m hurdles (1:04.48), edging heptathlete Keana Viss' 1:04.93.

Peter Cotsirilos — who started the day No. 2 in the conference in the 1,500 meters — improved his season-best time by 0.7 seconds, lowering his PR to 3:48.10 (good for sixth place), likely to rank among the top 45 regionally. He was followed by teammates Mikey Giguere (eighth in 3:50.57), Alex Merder (16th; 3:57.40) and Robert Franklin (18th; 3:58.78).

Megan Mooney landed a javelin mark of 132 feet, good for fifth, while Sarah Greenberg came in sixth, at 111' 9". The Mustangs were also fifth in the men's javelin, thanks to Ryan Gonter's throw of 152' 4".

In the women's 800, Michelle Chandler came in sixth, just in front of fellow freshman Mikaela Romanini, 2:13.50 - 2:13.94, while Nikki Boggs finished seventh in the 400 at 1:00.0. John Shaw also posted a mark of 44' 1.25" for ninth in the men's triple jump.

Hannah Hull paced the Mustangs in the women's 1,500, taking 11th in 4:37.73, ahead of Abbey Fisk (12th; 4:43.16), Angela DiPentino (14th; 4:44.84), Sierra Brill (15th; 4:46.08) & Rachel Bordes (17th; 4:47.47).

In addition to Rickman (eighth in the long jump, at 21' 4.75"; seventh in the 400, in 51.37), Jason Lewis (seventh in the 100m hurdles at 11.28; ninth in the long jump at 19' 5.25") along with Bailey Thayer (sixth in the hurdles in 15.16; fifth for the high jump at 6' 0.75") represented the Mustang decathlon squad.

Cal Poly will again travel to Southern California in the week ahead, competing at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Beach Invitational at LBSU and Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific, from April 19-21.