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Cal Poly Competes in Pentathlon, 200 on Day 1 of UW Indoor Invitational

Cal Poly Competes in Pentathlon, 200 on Day 1 of UW Indoor Invitational

SEATTLE — Four members of the Cal Poly women's track & field team competed Friday at the UW Invitational as the Mustangs opened the indoor season at Dempsey Arena.

Jessica Rasmussen finished 20th in the pentathlon, compiling 3,307 points at the meet featuring a handful of pros in addition to student-athletes from the Pac-12, Mountain West, WAC and Big Sky, among other conferences. Lindsay Lettow, representing the Santa Barbara Track Club, outscored the other 31 multi-event competitors to win with a total of 4,148.

Rasmussen — who placed ninth at the Big West Championships heptathlon in 2015 (with 4,346 points) — began by winning her 60-meter hurdles heat in 9.43 seconds (taking 20th place overall while chalking up 822 points).

The junior was then 22nd in the high jump (sixth in Flight 2), clearing 4 feet, 11.75 inches for 644 points, before tallying 438 more in the shot put from a 28th-place (14th in the second flight) mark of 28-2.75 on her third release.

Then in the long jump, Rasmussen bettered her indoor PR from 2014 by more than a foot, leaping to 17-6.25 on her second attempt, good for a contribution of 654 points (15th place; 10th in Flight 2).

She closed the night with a 10th-place 800-meter time of 2:25.61, winning Heat 3 for 749 points.

Earlier in the day, a trio of teammates also raced in the 200, led by senior A'Jah Love, who finished 24th in the field of 81, at 25.64 seconds.

Cal Poly junior Jessica Escalante won Heat 1 at 25.72 (27th overall), and freshman Ralaina LiDrazzah was 34th (at 25.93).

Eleven Mustang teammates are scheduled to join them when the meet resumes Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.