Boyal Wins Big West 10,000-Meter Conference Championship for Cal Poly

Boyal Wins Big West 10,000-Meter Conference Championship for Cal Poly

Grove, Beekman, Giguere and Scranton Also Earn All-Conference Honors While 15 Mustangs Advance to Day 2 Finals on FOX Sports

Sambel, Scranton, Levy and Patino Post Top 10 Performances in School History

FULLERTON, Calif. — Swarnjit Boyal won the conference title in the men's 10,000-meter run on Friday night, leading four Cal Poly teammates who also earned trips to the medal stand on Day 1 of the Big West Track & Field Championships at Cal State Fullerton.

The first day of the meet also saw 15 Mustangs advance to finals on Day 2, which FOX Sports PT will televise from 2 to 5:30 p.m. (also available on FOX Sports GO).

Meanwhile on Friday, four other Mustangs posted performances ranking in the Top 10 in school history, and 19 Cal Poly student-athletes had career-best times or marks (plus five season-best showings).

Boyal won the crown with a time of 31 minutes, 35.59 seconds around Titan Track Complex, edging UC Santa Barbara rival Bryan Guijarro by 9.2 seconds for the victory.

Boyal saved his fastest split, 1:06.84, for the 15th lap, before later again accelerating the pace during the final fifth of the race, as his second-best split, 1:07.55, came on the next-to-last time around. A redshirt junior, Boyal is the Mustangs' 14th conference 10,000-meter champion since 1978.

Teammate Mikey Giguere added a third-place finish of 31:51.59, just in front of Justin Robison in fourth at 31:58.58, followed by Wesley Walsh (in ninth at 32:21.19) and Zachary Wims (10th, 32:24.62). In the nightcap, Ashley Cope came in 12th place in 38:04.14.

Starting the afternoon on the track, Devon Grove finished second in the 3,000m steeplechase for the Mustangs, with a career-best time of 9:11.15.

Logan Marshall also added 5 points in the steeplechase, taking fourth in 9:20.48, and David Galvez followed in 10th at 9:41.34.

Ted Scranton picked up where he left off last weekend, following-up his championship decathlon with another all-conference accolade, this time in the javelin. Scranton finished third with a throw of 201 feet, 8.25 inches on his fifth attempt. In surpassing his previous career-best 198' 6", the senior moved back to No. 10 all-time at Cal Poly.

Dane Clemensen was just one spot back of tallying team points in the javelin, taking ninth place with another career-best mark: 174' 6.25".

Pole-vaulter Brad Beekman also made the Big West All-Conference Team, clearing a third-place height of 16' 3.5" to match the top performance of his career. Eli Hamson finished fifth at his first championship meet, at a season-best 15' 9.75".

In the men's discus, two-time NCAA West Regional qualifier Arnie Sambel achieved a new career-best mark, earning fifth place with a throw of 177' 2.75" on his second attempt. The PR moved the senior up to No. 3 in school history, as he now only trails 1999 tandem Jon Mayhew (184' 2") and Andy Sverchek (184' 1").

Sambel's mark ranked in the top 35 west of the Mississippi midway through Friday night's start to championship weekend, potentially a qualifier for the First Round of the NCAA Championships at Texas from May 25-27.

In altogether his 12th event at the meet over the past two weeks, Scranton added an 11th-place discus mark of 157' 8.75".

The Mustang men are in second place in the team standings with 68 points, just two back of UCSB, while Long Beach State, looking for a five-peat, resides in third with 52 points. On the women's side, Cal Poly is in eighth place with 9 points, while the Gauchos (59.4) hold a slim lead over defending champion UC Davis (53.2).

Five Cal Poly women advanced to the 1,500-meter finals, as Allie Sulaitis led the Mustangs with a third-qualifying prelims time of 4:40.25, followed by Peyton Bilo (fifth at 4:40.27), Ashley Windsor (sixth at 4:40.84 in a season debut for the 2015 All-American), Kylie Nishisaka (eighth, 4:41.69) and Hannah Hull (10th, 4:42.29). The men's 1,500m prelims were scrapped, leading directly to a final on Saturday.

About two hours later, Sulaitis and Megan Melnyk would also qualify for the 800m final, advancing with the evening's second (2:11.27, winning Heat 2) and seventh-fastest (a career-best 2:12.40) times — joined by Natalie Grohmann in sixth (2:12.23).

Ben Hartinger also moved on to the 110m hurdles final, equaling his season-best, 14.48 seconds, Friday's fifth-fastest between three heats. Decathlete Jacob Rickman clocked a new PR, finishing 10th in 14.99 seconds, ahead of Aidan Kirwan in 14th (15.29) and Bailey Thayer in 15th (15.35).

Liam Martinez advanced to the final for the 400 meters for the second straight year, qualifying seventh with a time of 48.59. Connor Crowe also qualified for the 800m final for back-to-back seasons, clocking the prelims' eighth-best time, 1:53.80.

In qualifying fourth in the 400m hurdles, Mallory Patino ran the 10th-fastest time in Mustang history, 1:01.22. Bailey Sanin also advanced via a seventh-place 1:02.81, while heptathlete Keana Viss followed in 10th at 1:04.55.

Clayton Mackay also timed a career-best performance in the 400m hurdles, 53.68 seconds, good for the fifth spot in moving on to the final. In his second prelim of the day, Kirwan hurdled a 12th-place 55.89.

Tyler Rohde advanced to the 200-meter dash final, qualifying seventh with a career-best performance of 21.63 seconds. Marcus Beloney also competed in the prelims, taking 18th in 22.46.

Both Mustangs in the women's steeplechase established the fastest times of their careers, as Maddie McDonald was seventh at 11:02.90 — only 15 hundredths of a second away from entering Cal Poly's all-time Top 10 — ahead of Delaney Fitzsimmons in 10th at 11:25.51.

Additional seventh-place finishes were had by Kiely Osby in the shot put (as her mark of 46' 3" represented another season-best) and Danielle Taylor in the high jump (5' 5.5", also her best this spring).

Ciara Levy ran the 10th-fastest 100m hurdles time in program history — 14.10 seconds — and was only two spots back of advancing among four heats.

Also in the prelims for the Mustangs, Molly Ross finished 16th with a time of 14.43 seconds, Jessica Davis was 17th in 14.47, and heptathlete Caice Lanovaz took 24th at 14.88.

The meet began for the Mustangs with the long jump, where Jirael Hipol took 20th with a mark of 21' 6.5" and VJ Obiajulu was 24th at 20' 0.75". Later on, Jessica Rasmussen finished 13th, landing at 17' 5.25", and Daijah Joe-Smith came in 16th with a mark of 17' 4.5".

Joe-Smith also almost qualified for her third career 100-meter dash championship final, finishing ninth with a time of 11.93 seconds. She was joined in the prelims by Ralaina LiDrazzah (14th; 12.21 seconds), Jazmin Moreno (17th, 12.28) and Jessica Escalante (19th, 12.44).

In his second event of Day 1, Obiajulu finished 23rd in the 100-meter dash, at 11.09 seconds, behind freshman Chineme Allison, in 18th at 11.02. Also at her first conference championship meet, Ann Caroline Kaseberg ran in the 200-meter prelims, finishing 15th in 25.05 seconds.

The schedule for Saturday is listed below, followed by student-athletes' seeded times and marks coming in:

12 noon Women's Javelin
Jessica Escalante, Sr. — 130' 1"
Megan Mooney, So. — 153' 2"

1:15 p.m. Women's Pole Vault
Sydney Jaques, Fr. — 11' 11.75" (HS: 12' 8")

1:30 p.m. Men's Shot Put
Arnie Sambel, Sr. — 57' 10.25"
Nate Vickers, Sr. — 56' 3"

2:08 p.m. Men's 4x100m Relay
Chineme Allison / Tyler Rohde / Marcus Beloney / Jacob Rickman — 41.44

2:14 p.m. Women's 4x100m Relay
Daijah Joe-Smith / Jessica Escalante / Ralaina LiDrazzah / Jazmin Moreno — 47.04

2:15 p.m. Men's High Jump
Bailey Thayer, Fr. — 6' 4.75"
Danny Shellworth, Sr. — 6' 5" (2015: 6' 7.5" / HS: 6' 8")
Vince Porter, So. — 6' 6.75" (2016: 6' 9.5")
Danny Yeager, Sr. — 6' 5" (2015: 6' 5.5" / HS: 6' 6.75")

2:21 p.m. Men's 1,500 Meters
Garrett Migliozzi, Jr. — 3:48.79
Peter Cotsirilos, Jr. — 3:52.86 (2016: 3:49.30)
Alex Merder, So. — 3:53.61

2:29 p.m. Women's 1,500 Meters

2:30 p.m. Women's Triple Jump
Kalesi Budei, So. — 39' 6"
Abi Iriafen, Fr. — 40' 4"

2:41 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles

2:45 p.m. Women's Discus
Allison Scranton, So. — 158' 8" (2016: 161' 9.5")

2:57 p.m. Men's 400 Meters
3:25 p.m. Men's 800 Meters
3:32 p.m. Women's 800 Meters
3:43 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles
3:50 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles
3:59 p.m. Men's 200-Meter Dash

4:11 p.m. Men's 5,000 Meters
Swarnjit Boyal, Jr. — 14:01.48
Garrett Migliozzi, Jr. — 14:01.99
Justin Robison, Fr. — 14:14.57
Mikey Giguere, Jr. — 14:19.18
Zachary Wims, Sr. — 14:30.38
Wesley Walsh, Fr. — 14:32.74
Alex Merder, So. — 14:58.54
David Galvez, Sr. — NT (2015: 14:51.85)
Devon Grove, So. — NT (2015: 14:53.23)
Peter Cotsirilos, Jr. — NT (2016: 15:22.51)
Logan Marshall, Jr. — NT (2016: 15:19.12)

4:33 p.m. Women's 5,000 Meters
Peyton Bilo, So. — 15:52.01
Kylie Nishisaka, Sr. — 17:23.47 (2014: 17:13.04)
Ashley Cope, So. — NT
Maddie McDonald, Jr. — NT (2016: 18:08.85)
Hannah Hull, So. — NT (2016: 18:23.09)
Ashley Windsor, Sr. — NT
Delaney Fitzsimmons, So. — NT (2016: 18:58.26)

4:59 p.m. Men's 4x400m Relay
Liam Martinez / Marcus Beloney / Clayton Mackay / Connor Crowe — 3:16.33

5:06 p.m. Women's 4x400m Relay
Bailey Sanin / Nina Rondoni / Mallory Patino / Ann Caroline Kaseberg — 3:50.29