Cal Poly Roundup: Hollander takes third in track debut

Cal Poly freshman runs the 5,000 after a strong fall showing in cross country

sports@thetribunenews.comApril 19, 2013 

Cal Poly freshman Laura Hollander made her collegiate track debut Friday night at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing third overall in the women’s Olympic Development Elite Division 5,000 meters with a time of 15 minutes, 53.73 seconds. She was three seconds behind first place Natasha LaBeaud. 

Hollander is coming off a big cross country season where she was undefeated in regular-season meets, won the Big West Conference title and placed ninth in the NCAA cross country championships in November. 

David Namnath posted a career best in the men’s 400 open hurdles (52.06) to place third for Cal Poly.

John Prader placed second in the men’s open pole vault (16 feet, 103⁄4 inches) behind Arizona State’s Derick Hinch, who began his college career at Cuesta College. Hinch, third at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet, won at 17-2 3⁄4. Kasey Burlingham, another former Cuesta pole vaulter now at Washington, placed fifth at 16-4 3⁄4.

The Mustangs also competed at the Bryan Clay Invitational, hosted by Azusa Pacific. 

Sophomore Brian Hutchinson placed seventh overall in the men’s shot put with a mark of 51-5. 

SOFTBALL

Hawaii 4, Cal Poly 0; Hawaii 3, Cal Poly 1

The Mustangs struggled offensively in their doubleheader against first-place Hawaii and dropped both games.

In the opener, Lauren Moreno went 2 for 3, and Cami Brown went 1 for 2, but those were the only hits the Mustangs (18-28-1, 7-8 Big West Conference) had against Hawaii (36-8, 13-1).

In the second game, Cal Poly led early but couldn’t hold on. 

Jillian Andersen scored for the Mustangs in the first inning after Mariah Cochiolo singled on a bunt and Hawaii committed an error on the throw to first, allowing Andersen to score. 

Hawaii tied the score with a run in the fourth, then added two runs in the fifth to grab the win.

Both Andersen and Brown went 1 for 2, and Emily Ceccacci and Cochiolo went 1 for 3.

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