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Nielsen Finishes Second in Triple Jump to Lead Cal Poly at Husky Classic

Nielsen Finishes Second in Triple Jump to Lead Cal Poly at Husky Classic

SEATTLE — Cal Poly senior Kendal Nielsen finished second in the triple jump at the Husky Classic on Saturday, leading the Mustang women's track & field squad at the annual indoor meet held at Washington's Dempsey Arena.

Nielsen landed at 40 feet, 2.25 inches on her second attempt, outdistancing all of the event's other 24 competitors save for Andrea Geubelle while establishing a career-best indoor mark.

Also seeded within Flight 2, Geubelle — a former All-American at Kansas now jumping unattached — reached exactly 44 feet on her third attempt. Mustang freshman Kalesi Budei added a 21st-place mark of 34-11 on her initial attempt.

Earlier in the day, two Mustangs advanced from the 60-meter dash prelims to the semifinals: junior Daijah Joe-Smith (who was 13th with a qualifying time of 7.70 seconds — just two-hundredths back of her indoor best) and senior A'Jah Love (19th at 7.74, a new indoor PR).

Then in the semis, Joe-Smith came back to run an 11th-place 7.71 (three spots back of moving on to the championship final), followed by Love's 20th-place 7.87. Cal Poly junior Jessica Escalante was also 27th in the prelims, with a time of 7.97.

Meanwhile in the high jump, sophomore Danielle Taylor was sixth among 44, clearing 5 feet, 5.75 inches. Cal Poly junior Mishe' Scott also contributed a second consecutive top-10 finish, placing eighth in the long jump via a mark of 18-1.75 on her fourth attempt.

Junior multi-events specialist Jessica Rasmussen came in 30th in the long jump, at 16-7.25, and Budei was 38th at 14-11.5.

Making her season debut, sophomore teammate Kiely Osby finished 21st in the shot put, with a throw of 41-10.75 on her third try.

The Mustangs closed the evening with the 1,600-meter relay, as Rasmussen, Love, freshman Ralaina LiDrazzah and sophomore Anna Carskaden combined to clock a ninth-place time of 3:57.78, edging junior Mallory Patino, sophomore Chloe Carlson, Joe-Smith and freshman Nikki Boggs, who took 10th at 4:00.15.

Cal Poly will now train for the start of the outdoor season, beginning at UC Riverside with a Big West Conference double-dual (also featuring UC Santa Barbara) on March 12.