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Ziebart's Javelin Win Leads Seven Top 3 Finishes for Cal Poly at UCLA

Ziebart's Javelin Win Leads Seven Top 3 Finishes for Cal Poly at UCLA

LOS ANGELES and STANFORD — Cal Poly senior Alex Ziebart won the men's javelin at the Bruin Legends Invitational on Saturday, leading the Mustang track & field team to seven Top 3 performances at UCLA's Drake Stadium, while two teammates also wrapped up competition at the Stanford Invitational.

Ziebart's career-best mark of 202 feet, 3 inches, which came on his fifth throw, was Cal Poly's fourth entry into the Top 10 in school history for various events over the weekend (adding to three from Friday night).

Ziebart, whose previous PR was 200' 6" on March 12, stayed at the No. 8 spot in the post-1986 Cal Poly javelin rankings. His mark is tied for third throughout the Big West so far this season.

Fellow senior Devin Bennett added a sixth-place mark of 180' 7" at the third annual meet, which also featured Kansas State, Minnesota, Cornell, Gonzaga, Nevada, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and conference foes UC Irvine, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara.

Cal Poly continued to produce season-best marks in the throwing events, as juniors Arnie Sambel and Nate Vickers placed second and third in the shot put (only to Pan-Am Juniors silver medalist Dotun Ogundeji of UCLA at 60' 10"), with marks of 54' 6" and 53' 11.25".

The latter was a PR by slightly more than a foot for Vickers. Sophomore decathlete Jacob Rickman also tallied a 13th-place 44' 2".

Afterward, Sambel also recorded a third-place discus mark of 160 feet, while Vickers took ninth at 152' 9".

Rickman also posted a ninth-place long jump (20' 7.25"), in which another multi-events teammate, junior Ivy Adair, finished fourth at 23' 1.75". Another 2015 all-conference decathlon performer as a sophomore, Ted Scranton, finished 10th in the 110-meter hurdles, in 15.64 seconds.

Another second-place finish was turned in on the men's side by true freshman Aidan Kirwan in the 400-meter hurdles. His time of 53.72 seconds was beaten only by UC Irvine senior Kyle Hubbard (53.30).

Additionally, a duo of Cal Poly freshmen, Brian Graber and Vince Porter, tied for second in the high jump, at 6' 8.75", while Mustang sophomore Tomi Nord was fifth in the pole vault, clearing 14' 7.5".

Cal Poly was also fifth in the women's high jump, with sophomore Danielle Taylor getting over the bar at 5' 7.75", as well as sixth in the long jump, where junior heptathlete Jessica Rasmussen landed at 18' 5.75".

Mallory Patino was only two-hundredths of a second away from equaling her lifetime best (No. 10 in school history) in the 400m hurdles, as the junior finished fifth with a time of 1:01.52.

Senior triple jumper Kendal Nielsen, the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week, posted a fifth-place mark of 39' 8.5", ahead of sophomore Juliana McCuaig in 13th at 37' 4".

Another fifth-place women's finish came from junior Allie Sulaitis in the 800 (at 2:12.37), complemented by freshman Natalie Grohmann (in eighth at 2:14.17) and sophomore Kirby Ruback (15th, 2:18.16).

In the women's javelin, Cal Poly redshirt freshman Megan Mooney was seventh at 132' 5", followed by sophomore Claire Pirio in 13th at 106' 6". Jessica Davis also came in 13th place in the 100m hurdles, at 14.96 seconds, ahead of Rasmussen in 16th at 15.37.

Sophomore Kiely Osby was seventh in the shot put, with a mark of 43' 11.75".

Junior Jessica Escalante was 11th in the 100-meter dash at 12.31 seconds (along with freshman Ralaina LiDrazzah in 16th at 12.48), while sophomore Chloe Carlson came in 13th in the 400 at 59.24 (closely followed by freshman Nikki Boggs in 15th at 59.35).

Escalante came back to also finish ninth in the 200 at 25.24, after contributing to the fifth-place 4x100 relay team (combining with LiDrazzah, Nielsen and sophomore Ciara Levy for a 48.42).

In the men's 400 meters, Cal Poly sophomore Liam Martinez ran to an eighth-place 49.63, and junior Amir Bradley clocked a 13th-place 50.72. Freshman Connor Crowe was 10th in the 800 (at 1:56.70), while senior Walter Finney and freshman Haris Khaliq took 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 100-meter dash (11.13 and 11.32).

To close the day, the women's 4x400 relay squad of Rasmussen, LiDrazzah, Anna Carskaden and Patino finished seventh in 3:52.37, and the men's team of Kirwan, Finney, Bennett and Martinez came in sixth at 3:22.32.

In the team scoring column, the Cal Poly women finished seventh with 31 points, while the men were fourth with 77.

Meanwhile on Day 2 of the 32nd annual Bay Area invitational, Mustang junior Ricky Strehlow finished in fifth place in the triple jump, with a mark of 48' 1.25" on his sixth attempt. (Freshman Dane Clemensen came in fifth at UCLA, at 43' 9".)

Earlier around Cobb Track & Angell Field, Mustang senior Erika Veidis was 49th in the women's 800 meters, at 2:13.90.

Cal Poly will rest next weekend, training for a trio of meets in Southern California from April 14-16: the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific, the Long Beach State Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays at Cerritos College in Norwalk.