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Cal Poly Track and Field Competes on Day 1 of UW Indoor Invitational

Cal Poly Track and Field Competes on Day 1 of UW Indoor Invitational

SEATTLE — Eight Mustangs competed on the first day of the UW Invitational on Friday, as the Cal Poly women's track & field squad opened the season at Dempsey Indoor. In addition to a majority of collegiate programs from around the western region, the annual meet also features select Olympians and numerous pros.

Running at the first indoor meet of her NCAA career, Delaney Fitzsimmons led Cal Poly with a top-five finish on Friday.

She came in fourth place in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:04.86, faster than 12 student-athletes and only 4.11 seconds back of the winner, Grand Canyon freshman Paige Hildebrandt. Fitzsimmons closed last outdoor track season with a ninth-place 3,000-meter steeplechase performance at the Big West Conference Championships as a freshman.

Three Cal Poly sprinters ran in the 200 meters, led by senior Jessica Escalante's time of 26.13 seconds in Heat 8, taking 50th overall among a vast field of 94.

Sophomore Jazmin Moreno was 66th overall (second in the 17th heat) at 26.61 seconds, followed closely by senior teammate Liesl Shirhall in 73rd, at 26.79.

Simultaneously throughout the day, three more Mustangs vied in the pentathlon.

Senior Jessica Rasmussen finished 18th in the field of 32 individuals, compiling a score of 3,054 points, while sophomore Keana Viss came in 20th with a score of 2,998 points and junior Kirby Ruback was 23rd at 2,871.

All three had PRs in the shot put (whether for indoor or outdoor competition), as Viss posted a mark of 32 feet & three-quarters of an inch, while Rasmussen and Ruback followed at 31' 1" and 30' 5".

Rasmussen (who finished seventh in the heptathlon at the Big West Multi-Event Championships last outdoor season) was a team-leading 11th in the long jump Friday (with a mark of exactly 17 feet), and Viss also had an 11th-place finish in the 800 meters (running a time of 2:25.52).

Mustang sophomore Allison Scranton finished 28th among 48 in the weight throw, with a mark of 46 feet, 6.75 inches on her first attempt of the evening.

Several more Mustangs are scheduled in events throughout Saturday, as the meet (video-streamed by FloTrack) will continue from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.