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Izzo, Daschian Enter Top 10 in School History at Bryan Clay Invitational

Izzo, Daschian Enter Top 10 in School History at Bryan Clay Invitational

AZUSA, Calif. — Cal Poly's Katie Izzo and Miranda Daschian entered the Top 10 in school history for the women's 5,000 meters Thursday night at the 13th annual Bryan Clay Invitational, each clocking under 16 minutes-30 seconds, highlighting the first evening of action for the Mustang track & field program inside Azusa Pacific's Cougar Stadium.

Entered in the fastest section of the night, Izzo, a redshirt junior who won the Big West title for the 5,000m three years ago, shattered her career-best performance with an effort of 16:20.09.

Her time moved to No. 9 in school history. She took 22nd in the premier heat, which saw New Mexico sophomore Weini Kelati set new meet and stadium records at 15:23.46. Prior to the start of Thursday, Izzo's time would've ranked No. 18 out of 48 in First Round qualifying for the NCAA Championships, as well as 39th nationally for 2019.

Daschian then took fifth place in the second-fastest section, with a time of 16:29.45. The senior took over the No. 10 spot on the Mustang all-time chart.

A Lobo also won the latter event, as UNM's Charlotte Prouse recorded a 16:16.42. Daschian's time would also appear to be a likely NCAA prelim qualifier, slotted 30th out of 48 west of the Mississippi heading into the weekend.

Earlier 5,000m heats saw Mustang teammates also establish career-bests at the distance. In the fifth section, Sierra Brill was the runner-up, taking more than 13 seconds off her previous best, finishing in 17:03.54. Fellow sophomore Angela DiPentino cut almost 20 seconds off her PR, taking 15th place at 17:21.46.

To close out the night, Abbey Fisk represented the Mustangs in the 5,000's third section, where she, too, tallied a new PR: 17:22.86, finishing 27th in her heat.

Jake Ritter, the reigning Big West cross country champ, led the Mustangs in the men's 5,000, trimming more than 22 seconds off his previous collegiate best, earning ninth place within Heat 3, in 14:12.98. Justin Robison also put up a season-best performance by nearly a seven-second improvement, coming in 20th via 14:35.91.

John Bennett broke 15 minutes in Section 7, where he was sixth via 14:59.75. Teammate Benjamin Holland added a 17th-place showing of 15:23.79, followed by true freshman William Fallini-Haas at 15:33.78 (good for 24th). Another true freshman, Xian Shively, was close to eclipsing the 15-minute mark in No. 6, where he came in 15th place running a 15:04.55.

Earlier in the day, Delaney Fitzsimmons, who already possessed a conference championship-qualified time to her name for the women's 3,000m steeplechase, put up another time well under the Big West cutoff: 11:11.48, good for 55th on the day overall.

A majority of events at the meet will be contested Friday, with a full schedule set for 9 a.m. through 10:30 p.m. on APU's East Campus.