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Cal Poly Wins 20 Events at Blue-Green Rivalry Regular-Season Finale

Cal Poly Wins 20 Events at Blue-Green Rivalry Regular-Season Finale

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly track & field program combined to win 20 of 38 events against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, closing the regular season at home with 29 lifetime-best performances, eight additional collegiate-career personal bests and 20 more season bests.

In addition to the wins (worth 5 points apiece) at the annual Blue-Green Rivalry Dual, the Mustangs also tallied 20 second-place finishes (earning 3 points each), plus 16 thirds (2).

The Cal Poly men earned a 110-88 head-to-head victory over the Gauchos, while the UCSB women won 104-98.

Cal Poly's Arnie Sambel was a double-winner individually, taking the discus (beginning the morning at Cuesta) with a mark of 171 feet, 10.5 inches before also claiming the shot put at 57' 6.5".

Saturday also saw freshman Abi Iriafen record an historic mark in the triple jump, winning at 40' 4". She moved to No. 8 all-time at Cal Poly, surpassing Danielle Sharkey (39' 6.75" in 1987), Turquoise Williams (40' 2" in 2011) and Sparkle Anderson (40' 3.5" in 2005).

With some results from around the West Region still being finalized as of Saturday evening, Iriafen's triple jump PR ranks tied for No. 47 in qualifying for NCAA Preliminary Round competition.

Meanwhile in winning the men's 1,500 meters, Mustang junior Garrett Migliozzi posted the No. 1 time throughout the Big West Conference this spring: 3:48.79.

Sambel was one of 22 graduating seniors making their final home appearances, all of whom were recognized at the finish line before the 4x400-meter relays wrapped up the meet. In addition to Iriafen, Migliozzi and Sambel, the Mustangs' other 16 first-place finishes came as follows, listed in sequential order:

Allison Scranton - Discus - 142' 5.75"
Jirael Hipol - Long Jump - 21' 6.5"
Jessica Escalante - Javelin - 127' 4.25"
Women's 4x100m Relay - 47.04
Peyton Bilo - 1,500 Meters - 4:27.54
Ben Hartinger - 110m Hurdles - 14.53
Vince Porter - High Jump - 6' 6.5"
Liam Martinez - 400 Meters - 48.82
Brad Beekman - Pole Vault - 16' 3.5"
Daijah Joe-Smith - 100-Meter Dash - 11.89
Clayton Mackay - 400m Hurdles - 54.14
Kiely Osby - Shot Put - 45' 8.25"
Tyler Rohde - 200-Meter Dash - 21.77
Kylie Nishisaka - 3,000 Meters - 10:08.02
Swarnjit Boyal - 3,000 Meters - 8:36.32
Men's 4x400m Relay (Liam Martinez / Clayton Mackay / Connor Crowe / Thomas Heib) - 3:19.43

Second-place finishes were scored (in order) by:

Maddie McDonald - 3,000m Steeplechase - 11:07.93
David Galvez - 3,000m Steeplechase - 9:16.87
Megan Mooney - Javelin - 125' 4.5"
Men's 4x100m Relay (Marcus Beloney / Liam Martinez / Chineme Allison / Tyler Rohde) - 41.44
Daijah Joe-Smith - Long Jump - 19' 4.25"
Alex Merder - 1,500 Meters - 3:53.61
Bailey Thayer - 110m Hurdles - 15.31 and High Jump - 6' 4.75"
Ann Caroline Kaseberg, 400 Meters - 57.68
Jazmin Moreno - 100-Meter Dash - 12.11 and 200-Meter Dash - 25.16
Chineme Allison - 100-Meter Dash - 10.73
Nate Vickers - Shot Put - 56' 3"
Allie Sulaitis - 800 Meters - 2:11.04
Connor Crowe - 800 Meters - 1:52.94
Danielle Taylor - High Jump - 5' 4.75"
Griffin Teague - 400m Hurdles - 55.84
Ashley Cope - 3,000 Meters - 10:15.01
Mikey Giguere - 3,000 Meters - 8:38.49
Women's 4x400m Relay (Bailey Sanin / Nina Rondoni / Molly Ross / Alexandra Alamillo) - 3:57.61

The Mustangs also tallied third-place points from:

Kiely Osby - Discus - 136' 1.75"
Logan Marshall - 3,000m Steeplechase - 9:17.91
Hannah Hull - 1,500 Meters - 4:37.65
Jessica Davis - 100m Hurdles - 14.34
Aaron Kelly - 110m Hurdles - 15.71
Sydney Jaques - Pole Vault - 11' 11.5"
Eli Hamson - Pole Vault - 15' 3.75"
Danny Yeager - High Jump - 6' 2.75"
Nina Rondoni - 400 Meters - 58.01
Ted Scranton - 400 Meters - 51.04
Mallory Patino - 400m Hurdles - 1:02.43
Emma Coleman - Shot Put - 41' 5"
Ralaina LiDrazzah - 200-Meter Dash - 25.17
Chineme Allison - Triple Jump - 42' 5"
Justin Robison - 3,000 Meters - 8:39.30
Kalesi Budei - Triple Jump - 39' 6"

To view the entire results, click here.

Cal Poly's decathletes and heptathletes will begin the postseason with the Big West Multi-Event Championships at Cal State Fullerton on May 5-6.

The full conference championship meet will then return to Titan Track & Field Complex from May 12-13, with the latter day televised on FOX Sports PT.

Photos by Alexander Bohlen