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Cal Poly Track & Field Competes at Mt. SAC Relays, Beach Invitational

Cal Poly Track & Field Competes at Mt. SAC Relays, Beach Invitational

LONG BEACH and NORWALK, Calif. — The Cal Poly track & field team combined to produce five top-10 finishes and two performances ranking in the top 10 in school history at the Mt. SAC Relays and Beach Invitational on Friday.

To start the 58th annual Mt. SAC meet, first-year Mustangs Peyton Bilo and Katie Izzo took eighth and ninth in the collegiate 1,500-meter race, at 4 minutes, 23.30 seconds (a season-best for the Big West Cross Country Freshman of the Year) and 4:23.44.

They were close behind the winner, Wake Forest junior Kathryn Lazarchick (4:21.53). Senior teammate Erika Veidis also ran a 35th-place 4:31.93.

Similarly in the men's 1,500 meters, sophomore Peter Cotsirilos and junior Alex Heuchert each chalked up PRs while finishing in 10th and 13th, respectively, at 3:49.30 and 3:49.54. Senior Luis Morales came in 30th at 3:53.38, with Idaho State sophomore Wyatt Diderickson winning in 3:47.58.

Later on in the evening, Cal Poly junior Swarnjit Boyal was 32nd in the elite division of the 5,000, with a time of 14:02.40 — not only a squad best so far this spring but also moving to the No. 8 spot in program history.

In the nightcap — the collegiate 5,000 — Cal Poly senior Nick Woolf (the defending conference champion in the event) came in 31st place with a time of 14:26.39, another PR.

Woolf was followed by sophomore Mikey Giguere (in 38th place at 14:29.02) and junior Dimitri Voytilla (50th at 14:37.31).

The historic meet, held at Cerritos College, is normally hosted in Walnut, but was moved westward this year due to renovations of Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Meanwhile at Jack Rose Track at Long Beach State, Alex Ziebart was 21st in the javelin with a throw of 204 feet and 9 inches (bettering his school-history ranking of No. 8 for the post-1986 weight). Fellow senior Nick Ahrold was also 26th, at 196 feet.

Redshirt freshman Megan Mooney posted a 17th-place women's javelin mark of 138' 1", ahead of junior Jessica Escalante in 37th at 117' 5".

Fellow redshirt freshman James Welsh was fifth in the men's 5,000, with a PR of 14:55.53, and sophomore Zachary Wims added a 15th-place 15:21.01. In the women's 5K, Rachel Bush came in 13th place with a time of 17:40.15, followed by junior Kylie Nishisaka in 23rd at 18:14.00.

In the women's 3,000m steeplechase, Mustang sophomore Maddie McDonald took ninth place thanks to a career-best 11:15.64 (more than four seconds faster than her fifth-place time at last year's Big West Championships), while junior David Galvez and sophomore Logan Marshall were 11th and 12th in the men's race, at 9:23.37 and 9:24.76.

In the men's hammer throw, senior Nick Bultman had a 25th-place mark of 179' 3" — the third-best of his collegiate career.

The Beach Invitational is set to resume at 9 a.m. Saturday, wrapping up around 6:45 p.m.