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Mustangs Win Six Events to Highlight Cal Poly Track & Field Invitational

Mustangs Win Six Events to Highlight Cal Poly Track & Field Invitational

Tjerrild Moves to No. 2 in School History; Joe-Smith Picks Up Pair of Wins; Cotsirilos, Martinez, Taylor Also Post Victories at Home

Mustangs Inaugurate Renovated Track as Steve Miller and John Capriotti Athletics Complex While Hosting Annual ShareSLO Meet

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Led by six event wins, including one in historic fashion, as well as a multi-win performance, the Mustang track & field program inaugurated its newly renovated facility on Saturday, opening Steve Miller and John Capriotti Athletics Complex hosting the 36th annual Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational.

Brooke Tjerrild almost broke a school record while winning the women's pole vault. The freshman from Clovis cleared 13 feet, 7.25 inches — moving to No. 2 in school history. Already a Big West Athlete of the Week on March 6, Tjerrild (a USATF Juniors qualifier last summer) came in with a season-best of 12' 7.5" and a lifetime PR of 13' 6". She now trails only 1999 NCAA champion Paula Serrano for the school record: 13' 8".

Tjerrild ranks No. 3 nationally for 2018, behind only Bridget Guy of Virginia (14' 1.25") and Laura Taylor from Kansas (13' 9.25"). Kayla Myers tied for second in the pole vault, with a clearance of 11' 11.5", while fellow freshman Codie Wilshusen took sixth at 11' 5.75", and Larissa Kurtz was seventh at 10' 11.75".

Cal Poly's Daijah Joe-Smith was a double-winner, as she first won the 100-meter dash, matching her overall career-best with a wind-aided (+3.1) performance of 11.72 — 16-hundredths of a second ahead of CSU Bakersfield's Falon Wilson for first. A senior from Sacramento, Joe-Smith then also won the 200-meter dash, in 24.66.

Jazmin Moreno also bettered her season-best in the 100-meter dash, taking ninth place in 12.31 (+2.5w) seconds, while hurdles specialist Ciara Levy came in 13th at 12.48. In the 200, Ann Caroline Kaseberg came in eighth place, running a 25.33, ahead of Moreno in 13th (25.78), Caice Lanovaz (20th; 26.39), Sheridan Scala (28th; 27.11) and Keana Viss (29th; 27.25).

Mustang senior Peter Cotsirilos won the 1,500 meters, establishing a career-best time of 3:48.80, beating the field of 72 individuals and chalking up Cal Poly's first win of the day. Cotsirilos ranks No. 7 regionally.

Mikey Giguere and Alex Merder also clocked PRs in the 1,500m, finishing third (3:50.80) and fourth (3:51.02). Also for Cal Poly, Swarnjit Boyal took sixth place in 3:53.10, ahead of Jake Ritter (seventh; 3:53.40), Sean McDermott (10th; 3:55.90), Connor Crowe (11th; 3:57.25), Evan Jameson (15th; 3:58.26) and Robert Franklin (18th; 3:59.95).

A bit later in the afternoon, senior Liam Martinez won the 400 meters, recording a season-best time of 48.77. Block P president Dan Cardiff, a former Cal Poly tennis player making his return to track after his high school career, PR'd at 50.85 (good for sixth).

The Mustangs also scored a win in the women's high jump, where senior Danielle Taylor cleared a season-best height of 5 feet, 5.75 inches (claiming a four-way tiebreaker on attempts). Julie Zweng also jumped 5' 5.75" for fourth. Julianna Ruotolo tied for fifth (5' 3.75"), and Kurtz was eighth at 5' 1.75".

Cal Poly alumna Sharon Day-Monroe ('08) won the women's javelin, as the Olympian and IAAF World Championship heptathlon star posted a mark of 149 feet, 3.25 inches. Mustang junior Megan Mooney, the 2016 Big West champion, came in third place, with a season-best mark of 134' 5.75". Sarah Greenberg was eighth, with a throw of 118' 4.75", followed by Claire Pirio at 98' 1.5" (14th), Viss at 97' 7.25" (15th) and Lanovaz at 94' 0.25" (18th).

Cal Poly Alumni also picked up a win in the men's shot put, where Arnie Sambel ('17), now with the ThrowsBros club, posted a mark of 49' 1.25". Mustang freshman Parker Jenks finished sixth in the shot (46' 9.75"), followed by decathlete Jacob Rickman (seventh; 45' 1.25") & Ryan Gonter (eighth; 44' 6.25").

Midway through Saturday's meet, Cal Poly held a ceremony to celebrate the contributions of Miller, the Mustangs' five-time NCAA championship-winning head coach from 1975-81, and Capriotti, an All-American for Cal Poly in 1978. For more on Saturday's dedication, as well as photos of the meet, check back at in the week ahead.

Making his home debut for Cal Poly, freshman John Shaw earned second place in the triple jump, landing a mark of 43' 9.5" leaping into a headwind of -1.0. Shaw, a triple jump finalist at last year's CIF State Championship, also added an eighth-place long jump (19' 7") Saturday. 

Brad Beekman also took second, in the men's pole vault. A senior who earned all-conference status in 2017, Beekman also had a PR, clearing 16' 5.5". Meanwhile Matt Hunt and Lorenzo Sison each vaulted fifth-place bars of 14' 6".

Bailey Thayer took second in the men's high jump, as the sophomore decathlete cleared a season-best height of 6' 3.75". Thayer later added a third-place 110m hurdles time of 15.11, with Rickman in fifth (15.37).

Abi Iriafen also posted a season-best performance, earning third place in the triple jump, with a mark of 39' 9.75". Also ranking among the Top 10 in school history, teammate Kalesi Budei came in fourth with a mark of 37' 7.75", followed by Bianca James (seventh; 36' 5.75") & Juliana McCuaig (13th; 34' 3").

Lanovaz would also score third-place points in the long jump, thanks to an 18' 8.25". Iriafen was eighth in the long (at 17' 10.5"), Viss 16th (15' 11.5") and James 17th (15' 6.5").

Another third-place showing was turned in by Bikram Thiara (53.85) in the 400m hurdles, ahead of Griffin Teague (ninth; 57.65) and Jonathan Chagnon (10th; 57.98).

Additionally, Thomas Heib tallied a third-place, season-best 800-meter time of 1:55.73, while Thomas Schauerman added a 16th-place 1:59.81.

Chineme Allison came in fourth in the men's 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.98. Nate Greenelsh followed in sixth at 11.07, along with VJ Obiajulu in ninth (11.10).

Maddie McDonald paced the Mustangs in the women's 1,500 meters, finishing third, with a time of 4:34.98, ahead of teammates Miranda Daschian (fourth; 4:36.05), Hannah Hull (fifth; 4:36.41), Abbey Fisk (eighth; 4:39.02), Sierra Brill (ninth; 4:39.89), Angela DiPentino (13th; 4:42.47), Michelle Chandler (14th; 4:43.60), Mikaela Romanini (15th; 4:44.46), Delaney Fitzsimmons (17th; 4:45.26), Melodie Leroudier (18th; 4:46.06), Ashley Cope (23rd; 4:48.65), Rachel Bordes (25th; 4:49.80); Michaela Barros (27th; 4:50.0), Ashley Heys (28th; 4:51.77), Chase Worthen (35th; 4:56.36) and Kelsey Takeuchi (38th; 4:58.96).

Molly Ross PR'd in the 100m hurdles, fourth at 14.34 seconds — followed by Levy (ninth; 14.76), Lanovaz (11th; 14.84), Hana Welsh (15th; 15.36), Viss (19th; 15.90) and Dresden Smith (20th; 16.00). Later on, Welsh finished a team-best fourth in the 400m hurdles, via a new PR of 1:04.78, followed by Ross in fifth (1:04.86), Alexandra Alamillo sixth (1:06.06) and Nikki Boggs seventh (1:07.70).

In the men's discus, Parker Jenks was also fourth, with a throw of 143' 3.5", not far ahead of Will Smith (fifth; 143' 1.5") and Brandon Dick (12th; 123' 1.75").

Dane Clemensen led the Mustangs in the men's javelin, taking sixth place with a throw of 164' 1.5", ahead of Thayer in eighth place (155' 5.25"), Gonter in ninth (151' 0") and Brandon Dick 12th (128' 1.25"). Competing on an unattached basis, Mustang junior Adam Gockel (the 2017 CCCAA NorCal decathlon champion) put forth a javelin PR of 184' 1.75" (fourth overall).

Allison Scranton finished sixth in the discus (throwing 139' 10.5"), as well as seventh in the shot put (40' 7.75"), and Ruotolo came in seventh place in the 400 meters with a team-leading time of 59.52.

To close out the meet, the Mustang women's 4x400m relay A squad came in fourth, in 3:56.77, before Cal Poly's men took second in a season-best 3:20.46.

Cal Poly will next split into three travel groups in the weekend ahead. The Mustangs will visit the Stanford Invitational and SF State Distance Carnival on Friday & Saturday, with March 31 also featuring Cal State Fullerton's Titan Challenge.

Photos © Alexander Bohlen / Owen Main / Chance Dickman