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Bilo, Migliozzi Lead 14 Mustangs with Season-Bests at Mt. SAC Relays, Beach Invitational

Bilo, Migliozzi Lead 14 Mustangs with Season-Bests at Mt. SAC Relays, Beach Invitational

LONG BEACH and TORRANCE — For the second day in a row, the Cal Poly track & field program saw student-athletes run Top 10 times in school history, as sophomore Peyton Bilo's 1,500-meter finish and junior Garrett Migliozzi's 5,000m performance paced a combined 14 Mustangs posting season-bests at a pair of meets in southern California on Friday.

Bilo ran 4:18.73 — the seventh-fastest 1,500m all-time at Cal Poly — to finish 11th in the Elite Invitational division at the Mt. SAC Relays at El Camino College, only 0.54 seconds behind Boise State star Allie Ostrander.

She began with a split of 52.18 seconds, before adding laps of 1:08.04, 1:09.41 and 1:09.08, to write her name ahead of current teammate Katie Izzo (4:22.95 last season), former Honda Award winner Kristina Hand (4:21.00 in 1992), Noreen Searls (4:19.96, 1989) and multi-time All-American Eileen Kraemer (4:19.85, 1982).

The 59th annual meet is featuring numerous pros from around the world. Amanda Eccelston, representing meet sponsor Brooks, won in 4:12.86 to edge Oregon's Katie Rainsberger (4:13.25) atop the field of 29. Bilo's 4:18.73 ranks No. 23 nationally, including No. 13 in the NCAA West Region.

Earlier in the day at Murdock Stadium, a trio of Mustangs all achieved season-best times in the Collegiate/Open women's 800 meters: Allie Sulaitis (at 2:11.32, for 21st place), Natalie Grohmann (2:13.43; 34th) and Megan Melnyk (2:14.09; 42nd). Connor Crowe also clocked a 1:54.34 in the men's 800m (36th).

Mallory Patino (in a season-best 1:02.12) and Bailey Sanin (1:02.53) finished 15th and 19th in the women's 400m hurdles, and Clayton Mackay (via a season-best 54.20) was 16th on the men's side.

In the men's 400 meters, Liam Martinez (in 49.36 — good for 25th) and Marcus Beloney (49.92; 32nd) both ran under 50 seconds.

Six Mustangs closed the evening by running in the 5,000 meters.

Beginning on the women's side, Molly Haar clocked a career-best 16:55.96, good for 23rd. The Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year's previous PR, 16:56.02, also came on this weekend two years ago at the concurrent Bryan Clay Invite before she went on to win the conference title in the event.

Then in the final race of the night, Migliozzi finished fourth among 72 men, running a 14:01.99 — ninth-fastest in program history — as he moved past former Mustangs Mike Livingston (14:03.61 in 1988) and Troy Swier (14:04.16 in 2009).

Middle Tennessee State sophomore Kigen Chemadi won the three sections with a 13:56.54.

Following Migliozzi were teammates Justin Robison (in 19th overall at 14:14.57), Mikey Giguere (23rd, 14:19.18), Zachary Wims (44th, 14:30.38) and Wesley Walsh (50th, 14:37.99).

Meanwhile at the 23rd annual Long Beach State Invitational, Maddie McDonald took third place in her first 3,000m steeplechase of the spring, at 11:07.55.

Also at Jack Rose Track, Alex Merder broke 15 minutes in the 5,000 meters, running a 14:58.54 to earn seventh place in his first collegiate appearance at that distance.

The defending Big West Conference women's javelin champion, sophomore Megan Mooney, made her return with a mark of 138 feet, 9 inches (17th), and senior teammate Jessica Escalante threw 121' 10" (34th).

Cal Poly alumna Sharon Day-Monroe established a new career-best mark in the javelin, as the two-time Olympian and seven-time All-American Mustang reached 164' 5". Danny Yeager and Dane Clemensen also took 27th and 28th place in the men's javelin, with marks of 158' 8" and 153' 10".

The Beach Invite will continue Saturday, with events ranging from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To follow live results, click here.