Cal Poly Men, UC Davis Women Lead Track and Field Championships
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Through seven scored events, the Cal Poly men and UC Davis women head the Big West Track and Field Championship standings following Friday’s competition at Jack Rose Track.
Looking to capture its first men’s title in school history, the Mustangs are in position to do so with 65 points. UC Davis is just eight back with 57 points while three-time defending Big West champion Long Beach State has 55. CSUN is fourth with 34 points followed closely behind by UC Santa Barbara with 33. Rounding out the men’s standings is UC Riverside (13) in sixth place with Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine tied for seventh at eight points.
UC Davis is seeking to capture its fourth women’s title in five years. The Aggies sit in first place with 62.5 points with UC Santa Barbara in second with 40. Bunched together are Long Beach State and Hawai‘i with 35 points, and UC Riverside with 33. In sixth place is Cal Poly with 29 points. CSUN and UC Irvine round out the women’s standings with 22 and 15.5 points, respectively.
Fox Sports Prime Ticket will televise the final day of action on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. Competition opens at 10:00 a.m. with the women’s hammer.
Cal Poly’s vaunted distance program picked up prodigious points on Friday as senior Nick Woolf and junior David Galvez finished one-two in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Woolf became just the second three-time champion in the event with a time of 8:57.69, while Galvez crossed the line in 9:10.80.
The Mustangs also scored well in the 10,000 meters with junior Swarnjit Boyal (30:28.87) and sophomore Michael Giguere (30:34.40) finishing second and third behind UC Davis champion Trevor Halsted, who posted the second-fastest winning time (30:07.51) in 15 years at the conference meet.
In all, Cal Poly notched 39 of its 65 points from those two events alone.
In addition to Halsted, the Aggies received a first-place finish from freshman Kyle Clancy in the high jump as he cleared 6 feet, 11.5 inches on his first attempt.
Long Beach State’s vaunted men’s field contingent, which will get four more opportunities to gain points with Saturday’s pole vault, javelin, triple jump and discus still to be contested, supported the overall effort with gold in the hammer and long jump.
Redshirt freshman Kemonie Briggs unleashed the third-best long jump mark in the country this year when he landed on a huge wind-aided lifetime-best of 26-02.25. Teammate Willie Alexander, the 2015 Big West champion, broke his own school record by a quarter of an inch as he registered a mark of 25-10.25.
In the hammer, the 49ers gobbled up spots one through three with senior Kody Robison winning the event for the second straight year. He cleared 211 feet, 1 inch. Junior James Hubbard (207-04) was runner-up and Robert Marlow (206-04) was third.
LBSU competitors accounted for 43 of the team’s 55 points in those two events alone.
UC Riverside junior Carl Nahigian won the shot put with a lifetime-best throw of 59-05.50.
Erika Barr aided the UC Davis effort, becoming back-to-back champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She shaved nearly five seconds off her winning time from 2015, finishing in 10:42.54. Fellow senior Katie Fry was second in 10:46.42 and junior Olivia Goins also picked up a point by finishing in eighth.
Cal Poly freshman Peyton Bilo became the school’s first 10,000-meter champion since 2001 as she won convincingly in 36:46.78.
In the field events, CSUN grabbed two golds as Gardenia Centenaro won the pole vault with a top mark of 13 feet, 3.75 inches and Brianna Cueva cleared 180 feet, 4 inches in the discus. Cueva’s heave was the farthest in 12 years at the Big West Championships.
Freshman Megan Mooney added to Cal Poly’s points haul as the school’s first champion in the javelin since 2009. Mooney posted a winning distance of 153-02.
Sophomore Tayler Fleming became the third Highlander in the last four years to capture gold in the long jump, as she finished with a top mark of 20-02.50.
Participants spent the remainder of the day attempting to qualify for Saturday’s finals. The leaders in the 100 meter hurdles and 110 meter hurdles going into the championship, UC Irvine’s Megan George (13.46) and Lloyd Sicard (14.08) recorded the fastest qualifying times in their respective events.
Freshman Courtne’ Davis installed herself as the favorite to take gold in the 100 and 200 meters as she sprinted to top times of 11.56 and 23.68, respectively.
Cal State Fullerton freshman Thaddeus Smith, the conference leader in the 200 meters, ran the fastest qualifying time of 21.20 seconds.
UC Santa Barbara senior Shyan Vaziri hopes to bring home the double tomorrow as the top qualifier in the 800 meters (1:51.64) and 1,500 meters (3:52.52).
Fox Sports Prime Ticket will begin its coverage on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Justin Alderson (play-by-play), Milena Glusac (color) and Lindsey Thiry (sideline) providing the commentary. Both awards ceremonies for the winning teams will also be aired by the network.