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Levy, Joe-Smith, Taylor and Zweng in Top 16 for Cal Poly at Husky Classic

Levy, Joe-Smith, Taylor and Zweng in Top 16 for Cal Poly at Husky Classic

SEATTLE — Four Mustangs finished in the top 16 at one of the country's top annual indoor meets Saturday, leading the Cal Poly women's track & field squad at Washington's Husky Classic.

Beginning the morning inside Dempsey Stadium, Cal Poly senior Ciara Levy almost qualified for the 60-meter hurdle final, winning her heat and placing 12th overall, with a prelims time of 8.99 seconds.

Levy was just 15-hundredths of a second back of the eighth bid to the final, as Cal's Deshae Wise advanced at 8.84. MacKenzie Hill, formerly of UCLA and a Pan-Am Games qualifier, ultimately won ahead of Syracuse alum Karelle Edwards (now with the Hurdle Mechanic club), 8.22-8.29. Also for the Mustangs, Molly Ross earned a career-best 9.08 (22nd), as did fellow sophomore Caice Lanovaz in 9.14 (28th).

In addition to numerous pros, the FloTrack-broadcasted meet featured No. 1-ranked Arkansas, No. 3 Oregon, No. 9 Texas, No. 12 Stanford, No. 13 Michigan and No. 18 Tennessee.

A half-hour later, Lanovaz (a heptathlete who took eighth in the pentathlon at the UW Invitational in the same building on Jan. 26) competed in the long jump, finishing 30th with a mark of 16 feet, 2.5 inches.

Meanwhile in the high jump, senior Danielle Taylor cleared a ninth-place height of 5' 4.5" (an inch-and-a-half above her season-opening leap), and sophomore Julie Zweng was 11th at 5' 2.5".

Then in the 60-meter dash, Cal Poly senior Daijah Joe-Smith also almost advanced to the championship, coming in 16th place altogether with a time of 7.91 — just 0.14 behind 2016 Olympian Hafsatu Kamara of Sierra Leone for the last qualifying berth.

Whitney Rowe, signed to Oiselle, went on to win, running 7.37 to top UNLV All-American Kaysha Love's 7.54. Mustang junior Jazmin Moreno bettered her PR for the second straight meet, breaking 8 seconds (7.98) for 23rd overall, while Levy was close in 30th at 8.05.

Next up, sophomore Ann Caroline Kaseberg finished 24th in the 400 meters, with a time of 58.13, before a trio of teammates made their 2018 debuts in the 800m: freshmen Mikaela Romanini (50th, 2:16.53) & Michelle Chandler (54th, 2:17.28), and junior Natalie Grohmann (61st, 2:19.08).

Allison Scranton led Cal Poly in the shot put, throwing for a mark of 41' 0.5" (29th among the trio of flights), and sophomore Emma Coleman added a 39' 7.25" (36th altogether). Both improved upon their season-opening distances at Dempsey from Jan. 27, by 1' 3.25" & 1' 0.5".

To close out the evening, Moreno, Romanini, Chandler and Kaseberg combined to take 15th in the 4x400m relay, at 4:01.27.

Cal Poly's full squad commences the outdoor season at the Cal Opener in Berkeley, scheduled for March 3.