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Cal Poly Wins 13 Events at Season-Opening Big West Double Dual

Cal Poly Wins 13 Events at Season-Opening Big West Double Dual

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Cal Poly track & field program won 13 events Saturday, opening the outdoor season at the Big West Double Dual against UC Santa Barbara and the hosts of the meet, UC Riverside.

The Mustang men's team swept on the afternoon, topping UCSB 88-82 and UCR 85-78, while the women's squad defeated the Highlanders 101-68 and was edged by the Gauchos 91-89. To view all results, click here.

Two of the individual victories saw Mustangs move into the top 10 in school history for their events.

In the men's javelin throw, Nick Ahrold won with a mark of 203 feet, 8 inches (three feet back of his PR which already ranks No. 7 all-time at Cal Poly), while fellow senior Alex Ziebart was second with a new career best of 200-6 (No. 8 all-time).

Additionally, sophomore Danielle Taylor won the women's high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 9.25 inches, tying for the No. 9 ranking in program history.

The Mustangs also dominated the 3,000-meter races, with freshman Peyton Bilo winning the women's competition with a time of 9 minutes, 38.98 seconds (almost a full 20 seconds ahead of the rest of the field) and junior Swarnjit Boyal taking the men's event in 8:20.14 (more than a nine-second gap ahead).

In the men's 110-meter hurdles, junior Kevin Staniszewski was only two-hundredths of a second away from his PR, winning in 14.79.

The men's squad also chalked up wins from freshman Vince Porter in the high jump (at 6 feet, 7 inches), junior Ricky Strehlow in the triple jump (48-2.75) and junior Nate Vickers in the discus (151-0, which amounted to 7-1 farther than the rest of the field).

The Mustang women swept the sprints, as junior Daijah Joe-Smith won the 100-meter dash in 12.07 seconds and junior Jessica Escalante took the 200 in 25.21. They also ran for the victorious 4x100 relay foursome, teaming up with junior Mishe' Scott and freshman Ralaina LiDrazzah for a time of 46.39.

Cal Poly senior Kendal Nielsen earned the 13th triple jump win of her collegiate career — this time landing at 39 feet, 7.75 inches.

Another first-place finish was added from junior teammate Mallory Patino, at 1:02.31 in the 400m hurdles.

Additional career-best performances were posted by men's sophomores Liam Martinez (third in the 400, at 49.27 seconds) and Peter Cotsirilos (1:54.96 in the 800; second place), while on the women's side, sophomores Chloe Carlson (third in the 400; 58.87), Maddie McDonald (fourth in the 3,000; 10:02.22) and Juliana McCuaig (third in the triple jump; 38 feet) also had PRs.

Redshirt freshman Megan Mooney was second in the women's javelin, with a mark of 146-8, the best on the team since two-time Olympian Sharon Day-Monroe's 148-3 in 2008.

Cal Poly will next head to Montecito for a pair of meets: the Jim Klein Multi-Event Invitational from Thursday to Friday and the Westmont Classic on March 19.