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Tjerrild, Rahman-Davies, Thiara Lead Cal Poly on Day 2 at Bryan Clay

Tjerrild, Rahman-Davies, Thiara Lead Cal Poly on Day 2 at Bryan Clay

Mustangs Tally 11 PRs, 15 Additional Season-Bests While Adding to Big West, NCAA-Qualifying Lists

AZUSA, Calif. — Brooke Tjerrild, Abibat Rahman-Davies and Bikram Thiara each tallied top-five finishes Friday, leading Cal Poly at the 13th annual Bryan Clay Track & Field Invitational in Cougar Stadium.

Tjerrild came in second in the women's pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 3.5 inches. The sophomore reached the same height as Washington State's Molly Scharmann, but Scharmann edged her for the top spot thanks to needing two fewer attempts.

Rahman-Davies landed a season-best mark in the women's triple jump, where she was fourth at 41' 4.5". Rahman-Davies' effort elevated her up into a tie for No. 27 out of 48 in qualifying for the First Round of the NCAA postseason, as well as 55th in the national standings (including tops in the Big West).

Rahman-Davies and Tjerrild (who was just a quarter-inch off her season-best height ranking among the top 45 in the country) both will be looking to go back-to-back as conference champions at the Big West Finals hosted by UC Santa Barbara May 10-11.

Cal Poly sophomore Bikram Thiara also improved his season-best performance with a top-five finish, earning fifth in the men's 400m hurdles, in 52.39 seconds.

Thiara moved up into a tie for the No. 28 position out of 48 in the NCAA's Western Championships classification. Also in Heat 1, Alison dos Santos of Brazil set a meet record while winning at 49.48, the world's third-ranked time this year.

COMPLETE RESULTS (PDF)

POYNTER JUST OUTSIDE SCHOOL-HISTORY TOP 10: Mustang true freshman Bobby Poynter not only easily posted a Big West Championship-qualifying time in the men's 800 meters Friday; he also did so in almost-historic fashion, as his time of 1:50.81 was only four-hundredths back of David Ulibarri (2000) for the No. 10 spot all-time at Cal Poly.

Thirty-second overall Friday, Poynter's collegiate 800m debut could potentially already hold up as an NCAA First Round qualifier, as it would've ranked 41st west of the Mississippi at the start of the day.

LANOVAZ, CROWE POST CHAMPIONSHIP-QUALIFYING MARKS: Mustang junior heptathlete Caice Lanovaz tallied a Big West Championship-qualifying effort in the women's long jump, taking 28th overall with a season best of 18' 8".

Meanwhile, senior teammate Connor Crowe also punched his ticket for the conference men's 800m prelims, via 1:52.88 (66th altogether through 13 heats).

EIGHT MORE MUSTANGS ADD CAREER-BESTS: A duo of women's shot-putters had their top marks as Mustangs, led by Allison Scranton in 11th place at 43' 7.75", ahead of Emma Coleman in 17th reaching 41' 11.25". Scranton's day also included a season-best discus performance of 154' 1".

The women's 800m tandem of Natalie Grohmann (44th) & Mikaela Romanini (45th) also each clocked collegiate PRs Friday: 2:11.11 and 2:11.18.

Sydney Jacques (with a clearance of 12' 3.5" to take ninth) along with Codie Wilshusen (11' 9.75" for 20th) also notched collegiate PRs in the women's pole vault, as did Bailey Thayer (18th at 6' 7") in the men's high jump; Lanovaz (14.76; 38th) in the women's 100m hurdles; and Matt Hunt (tying his PR finishing 21st at 15' 3") in the men's pole vault.

ALLISON, BELONEY, HULL, KASEBERG, LEWIS, ROSS ALSO HAVE SEASON-BESTS: Six more Mustangs also banked season-bests:

Chineme Allison improved his Big West Championship-qualifying time in the men's 100-meter dash to 10.77 (36th through a total of 14 combined heats), as did Hannah Hull for the women's 1,500m (125th at 4:36.40).

Ann Caroline Kaseberg had a 57.53 in the 400 meters, good for 46th; while Marcus Beloney (49.77; 66th overall throughout the day) & decathlete Jason Lewis (50.65, which took 86th) also logged their fastest men's 400m finishes of 2019.

In addition to producing her 400m hurdles season-best (1:04.48; 35th), Molly Ross also equaled her top 100m hurdle time this year, coming in 28th at 14.41.

TRUE FRESHMEN CONTINUE TO BETTER PRs: Six Cal Poly freshmen established or matched their collegiate bests at APU, led by Anthony Benitez's seventh-place showing in the men's 1,500, with a time of 3:50.76 — which ranks No. 2 conference-wide.

In addition, men's pole-vaulter Kevin Ward earned 10th place with a height of 15' 9" and shot-put specialist Nick Betchart came in 15th place with a throw of 52' 2.75" (No. 2 in the conference among freshmen), while Tyler Esteves clocked a time of 22.07 for the men's 200 (46th out of 14 heats).

In the last event of the night, Misty Diaz also improved her 1,500m PR, finishing 33rd in 4:38.07, as did Presley Roldan, who took 72nd via a new season-best of 4:42.83.

DICK, GONTER, JONES, MOONEY, SMITH JOIN IN ADDING TOP-20 FINISHES: Cal Poly also received five more top-20 showings from conference championship-qualified student-athletes on Day 2, highlighted by a seventh-place discus throw by Will Smith. Smith, who exceeded 170 feet earlier this spring, extended to 160' 9".

Brandon Dick earned 14th in the discus, with a throw of 147' 4", and Bailey Jones took 17th throughout the men's triple jump flights combined (46' 8.75"). In the javelin, Megan Mooney was 15th on the women's side with a throw of 138' 10", while Ryan Gonter also finished 15th in the men's event, reaching 161' 8".

BLUE-GREEN RIVALRY DUAL UP NEXT: Cal Poly will prep for the upcoming conference meet with its annual rivalry matchup at UCSB on Saturday. The Gauchos will host the April 27 dual from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pauley Track.