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Boyal Runs Under 29:30 in 10,000 on Opening Night of Mt. SAC Relays

Boyal Runs Under 29:30 in 10,000 on Opening Night of Mt. SAC Relays

TORRANCE, Calif. — Swarnjit Boyal ran the ninth-fastest 10,000 meters in Cal Poly history on the opening night of the Mt. SAC Relays at El Camino College on Thursday, highlighting the first of three straight days of competition for the Mustang track & field team.

Boyal recorded a time of 29:25.07 in the Elite Invitational division, taking 19th place overall among 64 individuals from the two sections featuring several pros and international competitors at Murdock Stadium.

With his new career best, he moved past Terry Gibson (29:27.74 in 1981) and Troy Swier (29:40.01 in 2009) to enter the all-time Top 10. Boyal was the runner-up for the event at last season's Big West Conference Championships, posting a 30:28.87 as a redshirt sophomore.

As of Thursday night, his 29:25.07 would regionally rank in the top 25, a pending qualifier for the West Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships at Texas in late May.

Vincent Kiprop, the defending Division II national champion from Missouri Southern (who finished fourth at the 2012 Kenyan Olympic Trials for the 5,000m), won with a performance of 28:19.94.

Earlier in the day, a trio of Mustangs opened the 59th annual meet with the collegiate division 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Logan Marshall paced Cal Poly with a time of 9:20.85, good for 35th overall among three total sections.

Devon Grove and David Galvez followed in each of the next two spots in succession, at 9:23.33 and 9:25.71. Emmanuel Rotich of Tulane claimed the win in 8:48.32.

Action will continue throughout Friday and Saturday, not only in Torrance but also at the 23rd annual Long Beach State Invitational. To follow both meets live, click here.