Cal Poly Roundup: Prader sets Cal Poly pole vault record

Senior clears 18 feet, 7 inches, the third-best height in the nation this year

sports@thetribunenews.comApril 27, 2013 

Cal Poly senior John Prader broke a 16-year-old record after clearing 18 feet, 7 inches in the men’s pole vault in a Big West Conference dual meet against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. 

The Cal Poly track and field teams, however, lost to the Gauchos on both the men’s and women’s sides, falling 101-96 and 102-96, respectively.

Prader broke Sean Brown’s program record of 18-6 3⁄4 set in 1997. The mark also ranks third in the nation among Division I athletes this year, according to

Jamison Jordan won the men’s 100 meters with a season-best time of 10.53 seconds, while Brian Hutchison won the men’s shot put with a mark of 54-3, a personal record.

John Guerrero won the men’s 800 in 1:51.99, and David Namnath won the 400 hurdles (52.77).

On the women’s side, Kendal Nielsen won the triple jump with a mark of 40-8, making it the fifth-best mark in program history. 

Freshman Laura Hollander won the 1,500 in 4:25.87, and Talaivosa Hingano won the shot put (42-5 1⁄4).


Long Beach State 3, Cal Poly 2

Long Beach State used an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to even the series and hand Cal Poly (28-12, 8-6 Big West) a road loss.

The 49ers led most of the way, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second.

But the Mustangs came back in the seventh with two runs of their own. Elliot Stewart hit a double to center field to drive in Brian Mundell, and John Schuknecht then drove in Stewart two at-bats later to even the score at 2. 

But Long Beach State (19-21, 8-6) was able to add a late run in the eighth to hand Cal Poly the loss.

Both Jordan Ellis and David Armendariz went 1 for 3, and both Nick Torres and Stewart went 1 for 4.

Matt Imhof (4-3) got the loss on the mound. He pitched seven-plus innings, gave up three runs on six hits with four strikeouts.


Cal Poly 2, UC Riverside 0; UC Riverside 8, Cal Poly 0, 5 innings

Jillian Andersen’s sixth-inning, bases-loaded single stood as the decisive blow as the Mustangs opened the doubleheader with a win. 

Powered by a four-run second inning, however, UC Riverside won the nightcap in five innings.

Left-hander Chloe Wurst (11-14) tossed her sixth complete-game shutout of the season in the opener for the Mustangs (19-30-1, 8-12 Big West).

UC Riverside (18-30, 2-15) took an early lead in the second game, scoring four runs in the second inning.

The Highlanders upped their lead to 6-0 in the fourth and completed their run-rule victory in the fifth. 

After loading the bases with no outs, Kayla White lined a single off Jillian Andersen’s glove at third to bring home Meagan Esteban and Brittanie Akey.

Emily Ceccacci finished with two hits for Cal Poly.

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