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Cal Poly Distance Runners Post Historic Times in Bay Area

Cal Poly Distance Runners Post Historic Times in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO and STANFORD — Three Mustangs posted times ranking in the top 10 in school history, leading the Cal Poly track & field team on a Friday featuring the start of three meets around the state.

In the early afternoon at the 32nd annual Stanford Invitational, Katie Izzo won Heat 7 of the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 22.95 seconds. While improving upon her home debut of 4:26.24 from a week ago, the freshman moved to No. 10 in the all-time Cal Poly rankings for the event.

Later on in the evening, senior teammate Nick Woolf was the runner-up in Heat 2 of the men's 3,000 steeplechase, finishing in 8:48.03 — edged only by 0.68 seconds by Drake senior Rob McCann.

Woolf, a two-time Big West Conference champion in the event, also clocked his previous PR at the meet a year ago: an NCAA West Regionals-qualifying 8:48.91. He moved up from No. 8 to No. 6 in school history.

Cal Poly junior David Galvez also added a 12th-place 9:29.65 in the third heat.

To close the night at Cobb Track, Peyton Bilo finished eighth out of 24 competitors in the third 5,000 heat, with a time of 16:13.55. The freshman, looking to follow-up on her NCAA Cross Country Championships appearance from the fall, ran the fifth-fastest race in Cal Poly history.

Additionally, Garrett Migliozzi took sixth place in Section 5 of the men's 1,500m at 3:50.77, and fellow sophomore Peter Cotsirilos won the sixth in 3:51.94.

Mustang junior Kevin Staniszewski was just one spot back of advancing in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a 10th-place time of 14.96 in the prelims.

Meanwhile about 45 minutes north, at the ninth annual San Francisco State Distance Carnival, a duo of Cal Poly juniors also almost entered the all-time Mustang top 10.

Clayton Hutchins finished second in the seven-heat field of 204 runners in the 5,000, at 14:05.84, just ahead of Swarnjit Boyal in third at 14:05.93.

While clocking a pace less than a second-and-a-half away from the program's 10 fastest performances ever, they trailed only Eastern Kentucky freshman Erick Rotich, who won in 14:05.03.

Also for the Mustangs, junior Dimitri Voytilla finished 32nd, at 14:36.73, followed by senior Luis Morales (in 67th, at 14:57.89), sophomore Mikey Giguere (78th, 15:01.45) and redshirt freshman James Welsh (79th, 15:02.66).

Earlier in Cox Stadium, junior Alex Heuchert and freshman Alex Merder were 22nd and 51st out of 101 in the 1,500, at 3:54.67 and 4:00.47. Sophomore Logan Marshall was also 25th among 65 steeplechasers, at 9:22.93.

Holli Arrieta took 74th in the women's 1,500, at 4:51.94. In another field of 141 runners, Kylie Nishisaka came in 43rd in the 5,000 (at 17:35.53), ahead of fellow junior Rachel Bush (52nd, 17:42.46) and sophomore Sydney Szabo (66th, 17:56.47). Bush, an all-conference honoree in the event in 2014, was making a return to the track, as was Szabo following a fourth-place 5K at the Big West Championships as a freshman.

At the Bruin Legends Invitational, Mustang senior Nick Bultman finished fourth in the men's hammer throw, with a mark of 177 feet, 3 inches in Drake Stadium.

Competition will continue throughout Saturday, with nearly 75 Mustangs entered in various events, including the majority at UCLA. To follow live results, click here, here and here.