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Bilo Nearly Breaks School Record to Lead Cal Poly at Stanford Invitational

Bilo Nearly Breaks School Record to Lead Cal Poly at Stanford Invitational

Boyal Also Runs One of 10 Fastest 5,000m Times in Program History at Distance Carnival in San Francisco

Hartinger Advances to Saturday's 110m Hurdles Final for Mustangs at Stanford

STANFORD and SAN FRANCISCO — Cal Poly sophomore Peyton Bilo almost broke a school record which has stood for 34 years on Friday night, and redshirt junior Swarnjit Boyal also ran one of the 10 fastest 5,000-meter races in program history as the Mustangs competed at two annual meets in the Bay Area.

Beginning at 8:20 in the evening at the Stanford Invitational, Bilo finished in seventh place in the women's 5,000m, with a performance of 15:52.01.

Her previous best in the event, 16:13.55, also came at the meet a year ago and ranked No. 5 in school history.

Now No. 2 all-time, Bilo was just 1.37 seconds away from breaking the school record of 15:50.64 set by Amy Harper at the Cal Nike Invitational in Berkeley on March 26, 1983.

In a race featuring all but one of the 15 best times in the country so far this spring, Washington junior Amy-Eloise Neale prevailed in a showdown down the stretch with the defending cross country national champion, Missouri's Karissa Schweizer, 15:39.30 to 15:39.75.

Earlier in the night, about 40 miles up the peninsula at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, Boyal bettered his already-historic PR, moving from No. 8 to No. 6 in school history. He ran a 14:01.48, taking seventh place among the 207 total runners throughout eight sections.

Entered in Section 1, Boyal was one of nine individuals to surpass the meet record from 2013, led by Chico State junior Kyle Medina, who won in 13:54.87.

Five teammates also ran in the 5,000m. Garrett Migliozzi finished in 12th place, with a time of 14:10.51, followed by Mikey Giguere (in 27th at 14:20.00), Justin Robison (40th, 14:28.45), Wesley Walsh (46th, 14:32.74) and Zachary Wims (57th, 14:42.36).

Meanwhile back in Palo Alto, Cal Poly senior Ben Hartinger advanced to the finals for the 110m hurdles.

Taking second place in Heat 2, Hartinger qualified fourth overall with a time of 14.51 seconds in the prelims. Hartinger, whose career best of 14.43 ranks No. 6 all-time at Cal Poly, moved on to compete at 4:19 p.m. Saturday.

Cal junior Ashtyn Davis had the top time among the nine qualifiers from the field of 22, at 13.97.

Danielle Taylor also posted a Top 5 finish on Day 1, clearing a fifth-place height of 5 feet, 5 inches in the women's invitational high jump.

On Cobb Track, four Mustangs ran in the women's 400m hurdles, led by Bailey Sanin in seventh place, at 1:02.24, edging Mallory Patino in eighth at 1:02.37, ahead of Keana Viss in 17th (1:04.11) and Molly Ross in 20th (1:04.94). Ross also came in 22nd for the 100m hurdles, in 15.30.

In the women's shot put, Kiely Osby earned eighth in the invitational division with a mark of 43' 7.75", and Emma Coleman (40' 0.5") and Allison Scranton (39' 1.75") added fifth and sixth-place throws in the collegiate section.

Also in Angell Field, Dane Clemensen finished ninth in the men's javelin with a mark of 164' 8", and Danny Shellworth was 10th in the high jump at 6' 5".

In the women's long jump, Jessica Rasmussen came in 12th in the invitational field, at 17' 5.25", while Kirby Ruback was 11th in the collegiate section after reaching 17' 0.5", along with Caice Lanovaz in 15th via 16' 10.5".

Sydney Jaques led Cal Poly in the women's pole vault, clearing an 11th-place height of 11' 11.75", followed by Larissa Kurtz in 14th (jumping 11' 5.75") and Remi Mahlum in 16th (10' 11.75").

Arnie Sambel finished 11th in the invitational section of the men's discus with a mark of 151' 5", while decathlete Ted Scranton posted a ninth-place throw of 135' 5" in the collegiate ring.

Clayton Mackay clocked a men's 400m hurdles time of 54.42 seconds to take 14th place, followed by Aidan Kirwan at 54.73 for 19th.

In the 400 meters, Liam Martinez posted a 48.98 (15th) and Marcus Beloney ran a 49.50 (22nd).

Ralaina LiDrazzah ran the 100-meter dash in 12.43 seconds for the Mustangs, taking 18th overall.

At the Distance Carnival, Allie Sulaitis began Friday for Cal Poly by winning the third section of the 1,500 meters. The senior's time of 4:33.29 earned 13th altogether throughout the 12 sections.

Additionally, Megan Melnyk (4:38.51 for 31st), Hannah Hull (4:41.18, 41st) and Maddie McDonald (68th, 4:49.76) also finished in the top 70 among the field of 149.

Later on in Cox Stadium, David Galvez paced a trio of Mustangs in the 3,000m steeplechase, clocking a 15th-place 9:09.65 (a new PR). Logan Marshall (9:15.50 for 22nd out of 75) and Devon Grove (9:29.58, 35th) also ran under nine-and-a-half minutes.

In the men's 1,500 meters, Peter Cotsirilos led Cal Poly with a 16th-place 3:55.61, along with teammates Robert Franklin (33rd among 139 student-athletes, at 3:57.51) and Alex Merder (in 90th at 4:04.51).

Kylie Nishisaka led Cal Poly in the women's 5,000m at SFSU, taking 55th in 17:23.47, ahead of freshmen Chase Worthen (18:06.37, 95th) and Ashley Heys (18:20.12, 104th).

In addition to Hartinger, about 30 Mustangs are scheduled to compete (including relay squads) on Day 2 at Stanford, from 1 to 6 p.m.