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Mustangs Win 16 Events at 2017 Cal Poly Track & Field Invitational

Mustangs Win 16 Events at 2017 Cal Poly Track & Field Invitational

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Mustang track & field squad combined to win 16 events at the 35th annual Cal Poly #ShareSLO Invitational on Saturday, including a meet-record performance.

Mustang sophomore Peyton Bilo won the 1,500 meters in 4:25.53, ahead of 27 women while breaking teammate Katie Izzo's collegian record at the meet from a year ago by 0.71 seconds. Bilo's time also ranks No. 1 in the Big West Conference through the first three weeks of the season.

Shola Lynch ran a 4:23.34 while representing Foot Locker in 1993, the professional record at the meet, first hosted in 1983 as part of Poly Royal.

Cal Poly then swept the top three spots in the men's 1,500 meters, as Mikey Giguere edged fellow junior Garrett Migliozzi at the finish line by only 16 hundredths of a second — 3:53.72 to 3:53.88 — just ahead of senior teammate Alex Heuchert at 3:54.59.

Giguere and Migliozzi's times rank No. 1 and 3 in the Big West so far. Former three-time conference track champion Chris Frias (Class of 2014), now with HOKA Aggies Running Club, ran a 3:55.00 to round out the top four among a field of 44.

The Mustangs also went 1-2-3 in the women's 800 meters, which senior Allie Sulaitis won with a time of 2:13.37, edging sophomores Megan Melnyk (at 2:15.24) and Natalie Grohmann (2:16.80).

Cal Poly senior Arnie Sambel was a double-winner, as he claimed the discus (held at Cuesta College on Friday) with a mark of 161 feet, 7.25 inches, before returning to also take the shot put at 56' 5.75".

Saturday saw an overcast morning lead to slight rainfall around noon, but conditions quickly cleared up, with the sun emerging at about 12:45.

More Mustangs picking up wins included:

- Abi Iriafen, triple jump - 39' 4" (No. 3 in the conference)
- Kiely Osby, shot put - 44' 3.5"
- Jessica Davis, 100m hurdles - 14.27
- Ben Hartinger, 110m hurdles - 14.61
- Marcus Beloney, 400 meters - 49.79
- Nate Greenelsh, 100-meter dash - 10.86
- Aidan Kirwan, 400m hurdles - 54.30
- Tyler Rohde, 200 meters - 21.94
- Danielle Taylor, high jump - 5' 4"
- Chineme Allison, Jacob Rickman, Greenelsh & Vince Porter / 4x100m relay - 41.75
- Julianna Ruotolo, Keana Viss, Bailey Sanin & Jazmin Moreno / 4x400m relay - 3:53.88

Nine teammates also posted runner-up finishes:

- Devon Grove, 3,000m steeplechase - 9:31.33
- Jessica Escalante, javelin - 111' 8.75"
- Brad Beekman, pole vault - 15' 8.75"
- Jirael Hipol, long jump - 22' 5.25"
- Thomas Heib, 800 meters - 1:54.74
- Mallory Patino, 400m hurdles - 1:02.90
- Clayton Mackay, 400m hurdles - 54.59
- Nate Vickers, shot put - 52' 1.5"
- Sydney Jaques, pole vault - 11' 5.75"

In addition, Cal Poly tallied 10 more third-place performances throughout the meet:

- Allison Scranton, discus - 135' 8.5" and shot put - 38' 10.5"
- Nina Rondoni, 400 meters - 58.36 (PR)
- Viss, javelin - 110' 5.75"
- Kirwan, 110m hurdles - 15.32
- Allison, 100-meter dash - 11.07
- Sanin, 400m hurdles - 1:02.92
- Greenelsh, 200 meters - 22.34
- Moreno, Ann Caroline Kaseberg, Escalante & Ruotolo / 4x100m relay - 47.48
- Liam Martinez, Kirwan, Mackay & Holden Edmondson / 4x400m relay - 3:26.45

Complete results can be viewed by clicking here.

Cal Poly graduate Sharon Day-Monroe (Class of 2008), two-time Olympian and USATF heptathlete/pentathlete with ASICS, won the javelin with a mark of 140' 1.5".

Fellow alumni Alex Ziebart (2016), formerly in the top 10 in school history for the javelin, also won Saturday morning, at 191' 8.25".

Up next, the Mustangs will split into three travel groups for a trio of meets in northern and southern California.

Cal Poly will head to the Bruin Legends Invitational at UCLA, the Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival from March 31 to April 1.

Photos © Matt Aguirre/Cal Poly Athletics and Owen Main