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Cal Poly Freshman Lanovaz Finishes 7th at USATF Junior Heptathlon

Cal Poly Freshman Lanovaz Finishes 7th at USATF Junior Heptathlon

Mustang Alumni Trafton, Bruce in Top 15 at IAAF World Championship Qualifier

SACRAMENTO — Cal Poly freshman Caice Lanovaz finished in seventh place at the USATF Junior (U-20) Outdoor Championships for the heptathlon on Friday, and two Mustang track & field alumni also competed during the first half of the pro meet at Hornet Stadium.

Lanovaz tallied 4,613 points over the opening two days at Sacramento State.

She held seventh-place position following Day 1, with 2,781 points after beginning with a 100-meter hurdles time of 15.03 seconds, clearing 4 feet, 9.75 inches in the high jump, posting a mark of 33' 10.25" in the shot put, and wrapping up with a 200-meter dash time of 25.91.

Upon returning Friday, she long-jumped 17' 8", threw the javelin 100' 9", and ran an 800m time of 2:31.27 to finalize her score.

Kansas State freshman Ariel Okorie won with 5,266, and Tierra Crockrell compiled 5,149 points to earn the other Team USA trip to the 2018 IAAF World U-20 Championships in Finland.

A duo of former Cal Poly All-Americans each finished in the top 15 for their events on Thursday night.

Stephanie Brown Trafton, a 2004 grad and seven-time Big West Conference champion (who went on to win the Olympic discus gold medal in 2008 and set the American record in 2012), came in 10th place with a throw of 171' 4" on her third attempt.

Gia Lewis-Smallwood won her fourth career USATF title with a mark of 205' 6", while Whitney Ashley (204' 1") and Valarie Allman (190') earned the remaining Team USA spots for the IAAF games, scheduled for Aug. 4-13 in London.

Ben Bruce, a 2005 grad and two-time All-American at Cal Poly, finished 15th in the 10,000-meter run, with a time of 29:43.92.

Hassan Mead won in 29:01.44, and will be joined in England by Shadrack Kipchirchir (29:01.68) and Leonard Korir (29:02.64).

Three more either past or future Mustangs will compete as the meets continue simultaneously through Sunday.

Former Cal Poly pole-vaulter John Prader will compete at 12 noon Saturday, while Sharon Day-Monroe is entered in the heptathlon from 10:45-3:15 Saturday and 11-1:30 Sunday. The NBC family of networks, including NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold, will televise both days.

Meanwhile Brooke Tjerrild, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent to Cal Poly from Clovis North High School (after finishing in second place at the most recent CIF State Championships), will compete in the juniors pole vault at 4:10 p.m. Saturday.