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Sambel Shot Put Mark Leads Cal Poly Track & Field at Ben Brown Invitational

Sambel Shot Put Mark Leads Cal Poly Track & Field at Ben Brown Invitational

FULLERTON, Calif. — At the second meet of his senior season, Cal Poly's Arnie Sambel posted one of the five best marks in school history for the shot put, leading the Mustang track & field team at the Ben Brown Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.

Sambel took second place among 29 throwers, with a performance of 57 feet, 10 inches on his fourth and final attempt. Only CSF junior Trevor Gorwin threw farther, winning at 58' 1.5".

The PR broke a tie for the No. 5 ranking all-time at Cal Poly, as Sambel's previous best — 57' 2" — matched the 2004 mark by current Mustang strength & conditioning assistant coach Chris White. Fellow Cal Poly senior Nate Vickers was also in the top 10 Saturday, posting a ninth-place 52' 9.75".

The next target on the list for Sambel is Jim Halter at 58' 6.75". Andy Sverchek, an All-American in the event in 1999, owns the school record at 61' 5".

Meanwhile in Titan Track Complex, Cal Poly got a third-place finish from senior Allie Sulaitis in the mile, with a time of 4:58.67. It was the first collegiate mile race for Sulaitis, last season's fourth-place 800-meter finisher at the Big West Conference Championships.

Mustang freshman Abi Iriafen also had a third-place triple jump performance, landing a mark of 38 feet and a half-inch.

Iriafen also led the Mustangs in the long jump, with an eighth-place 17' 5.25", ahead of multi-events freshman Caice Lanovaz (in ninth, also at 17' 5.25") and senior heptathlete Jessica Rasmussen (13th, 17' 2.25").

In the women's 400-meter hurdles, senior Mallory Patino came in fourth place with a time of 1:02.59, followed by junior Bailey Sanin (fifth, at 1:03.13), freshman Molly Ross (eighth, 1:04.28), sophomores Keana Viss (ninth, 1:04.28) & Nikki Boggs (14th, 1:07.11), and senior Jessica Davis (17th, 1:08.65).

Junior high jumper Danielle Taylor also earned a fourth-place finish, clearing 5' 2.75", while freshman teammates Julianna Ruotolo & Julie Zweng took seventh (also 5' 2.75", on two more attempts) and eighth (5' 1") place.

Sanin paced Cal Poly in the 400m with a 13th-place time of 59.01 seconds, ahead of Boggs in 19th (at 59.86), Patino in 22nd (1:00.41) and freshman Ann Caroline Kaseberg 27th (1:01.37). Ross also finished 19th in the 100m hurdles at 15.05 seconds, in addition to Davis in 20th (at 15.18), Lanovaz 24th (15.34) and senior Christina Dyok 31st (15.97).

Sophomore Connor Crowe finished fourth in the 800 meters, in 1:53.50, ahead of freshman teammate Thomas Heib in ninth at 1:55.02.

Fifth-place finishes were posted by sophomores Allison Scranton (148' 7.75" in the discus) and Natalie Grohmann (2:16.47 in the 800m). Scranton returned in the evening to finish 13th in the shot with a mark of 38' 11.5".

Freshman Clayton Mackay came in sixth place in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 54.66 seconds, while sophomore Aidan Kirwan was seventh in 55.03 and freshman Griffin Teague 17th at 57.82. 

Senior Alex Heuchert was seventh in the men's mile, in 4:18.61, followed by sophomore Dustin Herold in ninth place at 4:19.45. 

Jessica Escalante led four Mustangs in the 100-meter dash, as the senior took seventh place with a lifetime-best of 12.11 seconds, followed by sophomore Jazmin Moreno (20th, 12.33), senior Liesl Shirhall (30th, 12.64) and Iriafen (31st, 12.66).

Later on, Escalante also was 10th in the 200 meters, in 25.42 seconds, followed by Rasmussen (19th, 25.95), Moreno (28th, 26.43), Shirhall (31st, 26.64) and Dyok (36th, 28.02).

In the men's high jump, sophomore Vince Porter had an eighth-place clearance: 6' 4.75".

A ninth-place pole vault showing was had by Brad Beekman, as the junior cleared 15 feet and a quarter-inch. Freshmen Sydney Jaques & Remi Mahlum tied for 12th in the women's pole vault via a height of 11' 3", and sophomore Larissa Kurtz jumped 10' 3" for 19th.

In the men's long jump, senior Jirael Hipol finished 13th at 21' 6.25", and freshman Bailey Thayer was 24th at 19' 5.75".

A trio of Mustangs competed in the 110m hurdles, as junior Jacob Rickman took 10th place at 15.28 seconds, Kirwan was 15th in 15.79 and Thayer came in 18th at 15.85. Rickman also ran a 100-meter dash of 11.09, good for 25th place.

Liam Martinez led the Mustangs in the men's 400 meters, as the junior placed 16th with a time of 49.82 seconds, trailed by Mackay at 50.78 (26th), Teague in 51.35 (29th) and freshman Holden Edmondson at 52.25 (30th). Martinez also ran his second career collegiate 200m, finishing 24th in 22.47 seconds.

On Friday to open the meet, three Mustangs also competed in the javelin, as Escalante was fifth at 120' 5", ahead of Viss' eighth-place mark of 106' 11", and sophomore Dane Clemensen took seventh in the men's throw at 173' 11".

Up next, the Mustangs will host the 35th annual Cal Poly #ShareSLO Invitational. The hammer and discus will be held at Cuesta College to start on Friday, March 24, before all other events are hosted at Cal Poly on Saturday, March 25.