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Taylor Wins High Jump for Cal Poly at UW Indoor Track & Field Invitational

Taylor Wins High Jump for Cal Poly at UW Indoor Track & Field Invitational

SEATTLE — Cal Poly sophomore Danielle Taylor won the high jump Saturday morning at the UW Invitational, and two teammates from the Mustang women's track & field squad also had top-10 performances on Day 2 of the meet at Dempsey Indoor.

Taylor cleared 5 feet, 7 inches on her first attempt, establishing a new lifetime best whether for outdoor or indoor competition.

Seattle Pacific's Geneva Lehnert also jumped 5-7 in Flight 2, as did two others within the field of 32: Oregon State's Sara Almen and Fresno State's Jestena Mattson.

Taylor, though, not only got over the winning height on her initial try; she also cleared 5-5 on her first attempt, as well (whereas Mattson needed a second chance), earning the tiebreaking edge for first place. Taylor's previous PR from last spring was 5-5.25.

Meanwhile, Mustang junior Mishe' Scott posted a seventh-place finish among 44 long jumpers, with a mark of 18 feet, 1 inch on her second attempt.

Cal Poly freshman Kalesi Budei was 21st, at 16-7.75 on her first jump. Seeded alongside them in the third flight, USATF multi-event Olympic hopeful Barbara Nwaba won at 20-3.

Later in the afternoon, Cal Poly senior Kendal Nielsen was eighth in the triple jump, with a mark of 38-11.5 (on her third attempt).

Budei came back to add a 15th-place showing of 37-0.25 on her second try, while sophomore Juliana McCuaig was 18th out of the 40 competitors, at 36-6.75 on attempt No. 3 (going 1-2 with Nielsen in Flight 1). Former Kansas star Andrea Guebelle (unattached) won at 43-5.75.

In the 60-meter prelims, junior Daijah Joe-Smith was just two spots back of qualifying, coming in 18th place out of 57, with a time of 7.84 seconds.

Mustang senior A'Jah Love was close behind in 23rd (at 7.89), followed by junior Jessica Escalante in 30th (7.99) and freshman Ralaina LiDrazzah in 36th (8.03).

Then in the 400, junior Mallory Patino finished 31st with a PR of 59.46, to lead sophomore Anna Carskaden (35th, 59.78), freshman Nikki Boggs (38th, 59.94) and sophomore Chloe Carlson (43rd, 1:00.64). Back from a redshirt season, sophomore Nina Rondoni also came in 61st in her first collegiate indoor 800 race, at 2:25.36.

Cal Poly will return to Washington on Feb. 12-13 for the Husky Classic.