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Cal Poly Wins 12 Events on Day 2 of ShareSLO Track & Field Invitational

Cal Poly Wins 12 Events on Day 2 of ShareSLO Track & Field Invitational

1,500m meet record broken by Hinkle and Daschian; Izzo and Smith move into all-time Mustang Top 10 at home

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly Track & Field won 12 events Saturday at the ShareSLO Invitational, highlighting the 37th annual home meet at Steve Miller & John Capriotti Athletics Complex.


HINKLE, DASCHIAN BREAK MEET RECORD: Two individuals surpassed the meet record in the women's 1,500 meters. Former UCSB star Jenna Hinkle, a back-to-back All-America Honorable Mention in the event in 2017-18, ran to the win with a time of 4 minutes, 24.01 seconds representing the Hoka Aggie Running Club.

Cal Poly's Miranda Daschian, however, also eclipsed the meet record, finishing as the top collegiate competitor, at 4:25.01. Teammate Peyton Bilo set the previous invite record, 4:25.53, in 2017.

IZZO'S BUSY DAY INCLUDES HISTORIC 3,000m EFFORT: A little more than three hours after a third-place finish (via 4:27.09) in the 1,500 meters, Mustang redshirt junior Katie Izzo returned to the track to win the 3,000 in 9:29.86. The performance moved her to No. 9 in school history for the distance (No. 6 all-time exclusive to outdoor season), atop alumni Vickie Bray (1984) & Eileen Kraemer (1982).

Cal Poly dominated the 3,000, as Daschian (9:41.21), Chase Worthen (10:32.46) and Sydnie Rivas (10:36.30) made it a clean sweep of the top four.

DEFENDING CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS SHINE: Mustang sophomore pole vaulter Brooke Tjerrild and junior triple jumper Abibat Rahman-Davies, each of whom ranks among the top 35 in the country for their events, tallied victories Saturday.

Rahman-Davies' win came with a mark of 40 feet, 1.5 inches on her first attempt. Tjerrild improved her season-best clearance to 13' 3.75", moving into a tie for No. 9 in the NCAA's top-48 first-round qualifying (11th on the national leaderboard).

THIARA ALMOST HITS PR: Cal Poly sophomore Bikram Thiara won the 400m hurdles, recording a time of 52.47. He was only 33-hundredths of a second back of his best as a freshman, when his time of 52.14 took over the No. 10 spot in school history while earning an all-conference plaque.

ALLISON TOP COLLEGIAN IN 100-METER DASH, ALSO HELPS MUSTANGS WIN 4x1: Cal Poly junior Chineme Allison took second overall, first among student-athletes in the 100-meter dash, in 10.82 seconds — just two-hundredths back of Jordan Gibson (unattached) at 10.80.

Allison would also team-up with VJ Obiajulu, Tyler Esteves and Damien Trunkey to lead Cal Poly to the men's 4x100m relay victory, in 42.50 seconds.

SMITH ENTERS ALL-TIME TOP 10 FOR DISCUS: While taking second place in the men's discus, Cal Poly redshirt sophomore Will Smith moved to No. 10 in school history for the event, throwing to 170' 11".

In moving to No. 27 west of the Mississippi for postseason bids, Smith moved above Dave Albritton (1979) on the all-time Mustang chart.

FRESHMEN KEEP EARLY-SEASON SUCCESS GOING: After their season-opening first-place meets at the Gaucho Triangular, Mustang true freshmen Bailey Jones, Kevin Ward, Kevin Fernandez and Nick Betchart won again Saturday.

Jones' triple jump win came with a mark of 45' 11.5", while Ward cleared 15' 8.75" in the pole vault. Behind Ward, Cal Poly swept the next three spots in the pole vault — all at 15' 3" — thanks to Christian Valles, Matt Hunt and Enzo Sison. Fernandez, meanwhile, took the long jump by landing a mark of 22' 10.75", as Betchart reached 51' 10" to take the shot put.

FOUR MUSTANGS POST BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP-QUALIFYING TIMES IN STACKED 1,500m: Led by Alex Merder, who won with a time of 3:51.08 which ranks 12th regionally and 20th in the country, four Mustangs punched tickets to the Big West Men's 1,500m Prelims in May thanks to their performances Saturday.

Sandwiched around the Hoka Aggie Club's Bryan Guijarro (3:52.13) and Dustyn Salomon (3:53.12), Cal Poly's Elias Opsahl (3:52.70), Justin Robison (3:53.04) and Anthony Benitez (3:54.02) advanced to the postseason.

CAL POLY ALSO SWEEPS MEN'S 3,000: With a showing of 8:29.18, Robison led a trio of Mustangs claiming the 3k, followed by Jake Ritter (8:34.26) along with John Bennett (8:40.81).

FITZSIMMONS, BARROS GO 1-2 IN WOMEN'S STEEPLE: Competing at her final home invite, senior Delaney Fitzsimmons won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:24.23, followed by teammate Michaela Barros, in second at 11:34.97.

TWELVE TEAMMATES TALLY ADDITIONAL 2ND-PLACE FINISHES: The Mustangs also notched six more second-place showings Saturday, courtesy of Molly Ross (14.41 for the women's 100m hurdles), Ann Caroline Kaseberg (57.54 women's 400m), Bailey Thayer (15.36 in the men's 110m hurdles), Hayden Hansen (9:48.59 men's steeplechase), the women's 4x4 relay (3:57.02) and the men's 4x4 (3:21.07).

In addition, four more Mustangs, while taking third place overall, earned second respective to their collegiate fields: Megan Mooney in the women's javelin (140' 8"), Allison Scranton for the women's discus (151' 1.25"), Kalesi Budei in the women's triple jump (37' 4"), and Mikaela Romanini for the women's 800m (2:13.89).

PHOTO GALLERIES:  Photography 805  /  Owen Main Photography