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Izzo Wins Mile for Cal Poly at Indoor Arkansas Qualifier

Izzo Wins Mile for Cal Poly at Indoor Arkansas Qualifier

Rahman-Davies, Brill add 2nd-place finishes; Ross moves to No. 2 in Mustang history for 60m hurdles

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Cal Poly redshirt junior Katie Izzo won the mile on Friday night at the Arkansas Qualifier, leading Mustang Women's Track & Field inside Randal Tyson Track Center, while two teammates tallied second-place finishes at the Razorbacks' annual indoor invite, and a third moved to No. 2 in school history for her event.

Izzo, who earlier this winter played a part in the Mustangs' school record-setting distance medley relay in Seattle, claimed her victory Friday with a time of 4:45.84, topping Arkansas junior Devin Clark's 4:47.28.

In terms of an exact 1 Mile event (not including 1,600m conversions), Izzo's performance is the fastest by a Mustang since Teena Colebrook's 4:33.4 mile in San Diego in February 1987.

Cal Poly tallied a pair of second-place finishes, thanks to junior Abibat Rahman-Davies in the triple jump and sophomore Sierra Brill in the 3,000 meters.

Rahman-Davies — the program's second-ranked individual on the squad nationally (coming into the meet No. 61 in the country this winter, at 41 feet, 1.5 inches) — landed a mark of 40' 2" on her sixth attempt. Amiya Anoma from Wichita State claimed Friday's win at 41' 2.25".

Brill, meanwhile, posted a time of 10:22.03, bested only by Arkansas' Alex Ritchey at 10:12.35. Mustang redshirt freshman Annie Meeder added a fourth-place time of 10:35.34, ahead of sophomore teammate Chase Worthen's fifth-place showing of 10:40.21.

Cal Poly junior Molly Ross recorded the second-fastest 60-meter hurdles performance in school history: 8.76 seconds, to take fourth place in the finals. She moved up from No. 5 in program history for the indoor event, behind only the school record-holder, Turquoise Williams, who established the mark at 8.67 in 2012. (In yardage, Janet Yarbrough set the 60y high hurdles record at 7.84 in Detroit in 1983.)

Earlier in the day, Ross had advanced out of the prelims field of 22 student-athletes, bettering her PR by 0.16 while qualifying fifth at 8.88. Arkansas freshman J'Alyiea Smith won in 8.51 (seven-hundredths faster than her prelims bid).

Teammate Caice Lanovaz came in seventh place in the 60H final, establishing a new PR of 9.03 (moving from seventh to fifth all-time at Cal Poly), and fellow junior Amani Briggs took 16th in 9.41. Lanovaz, the sixth-place qualifier, duplicated her prelims time later on.

Behind Izzo in the mile, Melodie Leroudier came in seventh place with a time of 5:01.84, ahead of Presley Roldan in 10th at 5:05.29, Lexi Watkins 11th in 5:11.23, and Misty Diaz 13th via 5:23.07.

Cal Poly also saw its duo of 800m specialists clock indoor bests, as Mikaela Romanini earned fourth place via 2:11.96 and Natalie Grohmann finished seventh with a time of 2:14.50.

Briggs and Lanovaz also competed in the long jump, as Lanovaz finished sixth with a mark of 17' 8.25", and Briggs landed a season-best of 17' 3.25" (only three-quarters of an inch off her outdoor PR), good for 10th.

Two Mustang freshmen also made their indoor 400m debuts, as Erin Moss came in 14th place at 59.90 seconds, with Kaila Bishop following 18th in 1:00.38.

Cal Poly commences the outdoor season at the UCSB Quad-Meet at Pauley Track in Goleta on March 9, scheduled for 12 noon to 5:30 p.m.

Photo Courtesy Jamie Mitchell ©