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Seven Mustangs Advance to NCAA Preliminary Championships at Texas

Seven Mustangs Advance to NCAA Preliminary Championships at Texas

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Seven Cal Poly track & field student-athletes — Peyton Bilo, Swarnjit Boyal, Kalesi Budei, Garrett Migliozzi, Arnie Sambel, Allison Scranton and Ted Scranton — are headed to the West Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships, hosted by Texas from May 25-27. The NCAA announced the field Thursday.

The meet at Myers Stadium features individuals ranked in the top 48 west of the Mississippi River, as Kentucky will simultaneously host the East. Top 12 finishers from each will qualify for the national championships at Oregon from June 7-10.

Each Mustang traveling to Austin is listed below in the scheduled order of their events.

Meet Schedule
Qualifiers • Men / Women
Start Lists / Heats • Men / Women
Live Results
Video / FloTrack Broadcast (Subscribers)

11 a.m. CDT Thursday, May 25 • Men's Javelin (First Round)
Ted Scranton, Sr., Petaluma, CA

After winning the Big West decathlon title on May 6, Scranton returned to Cal State Fullerton to earn all-conference honors in the javelin with a third-place finish on May 12, at 201 feet, 8.25 inches.

Seeded 48th, he ranks No. 10 in school history (in the contemporary javelin design, post-1986). Scranton also threw for a mark of 198' 6" in 2015.

9:40 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 25 • Men's 10,000 Meters (Semifinals)
Swarnjit Boyal, Jr., Yuba City, CA

Boyal ran his season-best time — 29:25.07 — at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance on April 13. Seeded 29th regionally, he also won the Big West Conference title the night of May 12, in a tactical 31:35.59 during his fourth career race at the distance.

Boyal's PR ranks ninth in school history.

12 noon CDT Friday, May 26 • Women's Discus (First Round)
Allison Scranton, So., Petaluma, CA

Scranton recorded her career-best throw, 167 feet, 6 inches, at the Big West Championships, finishing fifth.

Ranked 41st in the region and No. 6 all-time at Cal Poly, she also won the discus at the dual meet against UC Santa Barbara on April 29.

As a Utah State freshman in 2016, her best mark was 161' 9.5".

4:30 p.m. CDT Friday, May 26 • Men's Shot Put (First Round)
Arnie Sambel, Sr., San Mateo, CA

Sambel qualified with a mark of 57' 10.25" at the Ben Brown Invitational on March 11, holding up as the No. 47 seed this spring.

Ranked fifth all-time at Cal Poly for the shot, he also won the event at the home invite on March 25 (at 56' 6") and the dual meet vs. UCSB on April 29 (57' 6.5"), as well as at the Bulldog Invitational in Clovis on April 22 (57' 3").

1 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 27 • Men's Discus (First Round)
Arnie Sambel, Sr., San Mateo, CA

Sambel also achieved his career-best mark at the 2017 Big West Championships, reaching 177' 3" for fifth place. No. 3 in school history, he's seeded 35th in his second event in Austin.

Also this season, Sambel won at both the Cal Poly Invitational (via 161' 7") and the UCSB dual (171' 10"). He was also second at the Cal Opener (173' 5") on March 4.

This is Sambel's third straight regional berth for the event. Two years ago, the meet was also held at Texas, where he posted a 29th-place 170' 5". Last season at Kansas, he rose 10 spots up from his seed coming in, finishing 38th with a throw of 161' 9". 

6 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 27 • Women's Triple Jump (First Round)
Kalesi Budei, So., San Jose, CA

Budei made the all-conference team on May 13 by taking third place at the Big West Championships with a career-best mark of 40' 9".

The No. 42 seed, she also ranks sixth in program history for the event.

Budei also won at the Bulldog Invitational, landing at 38' 10.5", before reaching 39' 6" a week later in the dual vs. UCSB, part of three consecutive meets in which she has improved her PR.

8:05 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 27 • Women's 5,000 Meters (Semifinals)
Peyton Bilo, So., El Dorado Hills, CA

Bilo is ranked No. 9 regionally, with a time of 15:52.01 at the Stanford Invitational from March 31.

The time was 1.4 seconds away from breaking the school record, and is the country's 16th-fastest this season.

She also won the Big West championship on May 13, at 16:43.83. As a freshman in 2016, she finished 18th at Kansas, in 16:42.83.

8:45 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 27 • Men's 5,000 Meters (Semifinals)
Swarnjit Boyal, Jr., Yuba City, CA
Garrett Migliozzi, Jr., Grass Valley, CA

Boyal recorded his qualifier, 14:01.48, at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on March 31 (ranking No. 1 in the conference for the 2017 season).

The No. 38 seed for his latter event, Boyal is No. 6 in school history. He also made the 2016 regional at Kansas, where he took 41st place in 15:19.90.

Meanwhile, Migliozzi isn't far behind, qualifying 41st at 14:01.99 from April 14 at the Mt. SAC Relays (where he came in fourth place).

Migliozzi ranks No. 9 all-time for the Mustangs. He also clocked a 14:10.51 on March 31 at the Distance Carnival.