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Cal Poly Track and Field Team Wins Five Events at Bulldog Invitational

Cal Poly Track and Field Team Wins Five Events at Bulldog Invitational

Beekman, Budei, Hartinger, Hipol, Sambel Finish in First Place

Scranton Moves to No. 10 in School History for the Discus; Mustangs Post 27 PRs Along With 12 Season-Bests

CLOVIS, Calif. — At the last regular-season meet of the year away from San Luis Obispo, the Cal Poly track & field team combined to win five events at Fresno State's Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, as the Mustangs established 17 lifetime-best performances, plus 10 collegiate PRs and 12 more season-bests in Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Ben Hartinger won the 110-meter hurdles with a 2017-best time of 14.48 seconds. Also in the event were Aaron Kelly (11th at 16.21) and decathletes Ted Scranton (sixth in a career-best 15.29) and Bailey Thayer (seventh, 15.33).

Meanwhile, Jirael Hipol won the men's long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 2.25 inches, edging Fresno State's Jeremy Shumaker (21' 0.5") for first place. Cal Poly also earned third (via Jacob Rickman at 20' 11.75"), fourth (Chineme Allison, 20' 7.75") and sixth (Danny Yeager, 19' 10.25") in the event.

Cal Poly also tallied wins from Kalesi Budei in the women's triple jump (with a lifetime-best/wind-aided mark of 38' 10.5"), Brad Beekman in the men's pole vault (tying his season-best 15' 9") and Arnie Sambel in the shot put (57' 3").

Up next, the Mustangs will host UC Santa Barbara for the annual Blue-Green Rivalry dual on Saturday, April 29. The meet, also the regular-season finale, will begin with the hammer and discus at Cuesta at 10 a.m., before all other events are held at Cal Poly from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

For a full schedule of the upcoming UCSB meet, click here.

Also Saturday in the San Joaquin Valley, Sambel unleashed a second-place discus throw of 165' 7". Scranton was third with a career-best 163' 8", ahead of Rickman in 17th (121' 11") and Yeager in 21st (114' 11").

In the women's discus, Allison Scranton moved to No. 10 in school history for the event, finishing fifth with a throw of 158' 8". Kiely Osby followed in 12th place, with a season-best 138' 6", and Emma Coleman placed 14th, with a PR of 129' 7".

Others also each tying or setting their season-best results were Eli Hamson (second at 15' 9") and Matt Hunt (fifth, 14' 9") in the pole vault.

Additionally, Cal Poly swept spots 2 through 5 in the women's 1,500 meters, led by Hannah Hull (in 4:41.13), Maddie McDonald (4:46.56 — surpassing her PR at the same meet a year ago), Megan Melnyk (4:48.23) and Michaela Barros (4:49.76).

The Mustangs also had four men run the 1,500m, including the runner-up, Peter Cotsirilos (a season-best 3:52.86), followed in third place by Connor Crowe (3:54.61), sixth by Alex Merder (3:55.70) and 11th by Robert Franklin (4:02.76).

Natalie Grohmann also claimed second place in the 800 meters, posting a collegiate-best 2:11.90. Heptathlete Kirby Ruback added a 17th-place 2:23.92, while also finishing 11th in the long jump at 17' 4.25".

Another second-place finish was tallied in the men's javelin by Dane Clemensen, at 170' 2".

Toward the end of the night, Ashley Heys also finished second in the 3,000 meters, with a PR of 10:15.28. She was followed by Ashley Cope in fourth at 10:18.04 & Chase Worthen in eighth at 10:29.81.

Marcus Beloney also ran a career-best 200m, earning third place in 21.83 seconds.

In the men's 800m, Thomas Heib took fourth at 1:53.47, followed in seventh by Crowe, at 1:55.01 in his second race of the evening.

Griffin Teague had a fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles, at 56.52, and Holden Edmondson came in eighth for the 400m in 52.32.

In the women's shot put, Osby came in fourth place with a mark of 44' 4.75", ahead of Coleman (10th at 38' 11.5"), Scranton (13th, 38' 0.75") and Caice Lanovaz (14th at 34' 1.5", a PR for the multis freshman).

Daijah Joe-Smith posted a team-leading time of 12.01 seconds in the 100-meter dash, earning sixth place overall among three heats. She was followed by Ralaina LiDrazzah (12.05, 10th), Jessica Escalante (12.06, 12th), Jazmin Moreno (13th, 12.08) and Liesl Shirhall (21st, 12.68).

Earlier in the day, Joe-Smith also anchored the 4x100m relay squad to its fastest performance of the season, combining with Escalante, Moreno and LiDrazzah to take fourth in 47.26 seconds. Escalante and Moreno would also race in the 200m, taking 11th (25.13) and 13th (25.25) places behind Ann Caroline Kaseberg in 10th (via 24.99).

Tyler Rohde also finished sixth in the men's 100-meter dash, in a lifetime-best 10.81 seconds. After long-jumping, Allison also posted a season-best 10.92 to take ninth place. Allison, a freshman, has now bettered his PR consecutively in each of his four 100s this year.

Vince Porter came in fourth place in the high jump by clearing 6' 2.75", followed by Yeager in sixth at 6' 0.75" and Thayer in ninth at 5' 10.75".

In the women's pole vault, Larissa Kurtz cleared a fifth-place height of 10' 11.75".

Megan Mooney finished seventh in the women's javelin, as the defending Big West Conference champion posted a mark of 129' 3", followed by Escalante (eighth, 126' 10"), Claire Pirio (16th, 105' 10") and Lanovaz (18th, 99' 4").   

Six Mustangs competed in the 100m hurdles. Jessica Davis led the team with a ninth-place time of 14.43 seconds, ahead of Molly Ross (10th, a PR of 14.59), Ciara Levy (20th, 15.10), Jessica Rasmussen (21st, 15.14), Hana Welsh (22nd, 15.17) and Dresden Smith (23rd, 15.22).

Keana Viss was eighth in the women's 400m hurdles at 1:05.19, along with Alexandra Alamillo at 1:06.73 (11th), Welsh at 1:07.54 (14th) and Nikki Boggs at 1:08.27 (16th). Natalie Drucker also ran in the 400 meters, taking 21st place in 1:03.13. 

To conclude the meet, the Mustangs' 4x400m relay team of Liam Martinez, Beloney, Clayton Mackay and Rohde finished fourth with a time of 3:22.04 — before Bailey Sanin, Mallory Patino, Nina Rondoni and Kaseberg took fifth place in 3:57.98.