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Mustangs Collect 13 Season-Opening Victories vs. UCSB, UCR

Mustangs Collect 13 Season-Opening Victories vs. UCSB, UCR


36 Cal Poly Student-Athletes Reach Big West Championship-Qualifying Standards in Week 1

GOLETA, Calif. — Thirteen Mustangs earned wins on Saturday at the UC Santa Barbara Tri-Meet (also featuring UC Riverside), and 17 teammates (including a relay) added second-place finishes as the Cal Poly Track & Field program opened the 2019 outdoor season with a double-dual at Pauley Track.

HALLETT MOVES TO NO. 2 IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR HAMMER: Among Cal Poly's victories, junior Emily Hallett made her outdoor debut in style, moving to No. 2 in school history for the women's hammer throw.

Hallett, a transfer newcomer from De Anza College, posted a mark of 180 feet, 8 inches.

In exceeding the rest of the field by almost 19-and-a-half feet, she promptly only trails Kristin Bryden, who set the school record in 2002: 183' 9.5".

Although some of the country is easing into the outdoor season with the NCAA Indoor Finals hosted simultaneously, Hallett's mark ranks third nationally early on for outdoor throws in 2019.

FRESHMEN MAKE IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Four true freshmen notched first-place showings in their first collegiate appearances.

Bailey Jones won the men's triple jump with a mark of 48' 4.5", which would've ranked ninth throughout all of the Big West for the entirety of last season.

Bobby Poynter won the 400m with a performance of 49.31 — topping Gaucho rival Elijah Hodge by 37-hundredths of a second.

Additionally, in the men's pole vault, Kevin Ward cleared 15' 9", tying sophomore teammate Enzo Sison, while Nick Betchart claimed the shot put with a mark of 51' 10.25".

FISK, FITZSIMMONS, MERDER, MOONEY, OBIAJULU, ROSS, THAYER & TJERRILD ALSO WIN: Brooke Tjerrild, who as a true freshman was one spot back of an automatic All-American honorable mention at the NCAA First Round, picked up where she left off by clearing 13' 1.75" in the women's pole vault, with teammate Sydney Jacques soaring over 12-feet-even to tally second.

Through the first few days of outdoor competition around the country, Tjerrild ranks No. 1 in the nation — just ahead of Austin Peay's Savannah Amato at 12' 11.5".

Also notching first-place spring debuts on the women's side were Delaney Fitzsimmons (11:00.13 in the 3000m steeplechase), Megan Mooney (a javelin mark of 138' 9.25"), Molly Ross (14.64 for the 100m hurdles) and Abbey Fisk (17:33.8 in the 5,000 meters).

In the men's standings, first-place points were scored by VJ Obiajulu (10.92 in the 100-meter dash), Bailey Thayer (with a javelin throw of 189' 7") and Alex Merder (3:53.51 for the 1500m, edging teammate Anthony Benitez's 3:54.73).

GAUCHOS WIN AT HOME; CAL POLY SWEEPS HIGHLANDERS: UCSB, competing at home, came in first in each team total, including edging the Mustangs 103-97 in the women's standings and 105-90 on the men's side.

Cal Poly swept conference opponent Riverside, 106-78 in the men's column and 106-83 in the women's dual.

14 TEAMMATES ALSO ADD 2ND-PLACE EFFORTS: In addition, nine Mustangs recorded women's second-place finishes in Isla Vista: Abi Rahman-Davies (40' 1.75" triple jump), Amani Briggs (5' 2.75" high jump), Miranda Daschian (via 4:27.53 in the 1500m) and Ann Caroline Kaseberg (58.0 in the 400m), as well as the 4x4 relay squad (3:57.18).

Rahman-Davies' mark ranks No. 4 in the NCAA early on for outdoor competition in 2019.

Meanwhile on the men's side, Thayer (6' 4.75" high jump), Kevin Fernandez (22' 5.25" long jump), Will Smith (158' 1" discus throw), Colin Masterson (162' 9.5" hammer throw), Bikram Thiara (thanks to a 400m hurdles time of 54.73) and Jake Ritter (with a 5,000m finish of 14:35.09) also produced second-place showings to start the year.

Photos Courtesy James Colon