Cal Poly men's track team finishes third at Big West Championships

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneMay 11, 2013 

The Cal Poly men’s track and field team swept the top three positions in the 5,000 meters to secure a third-place finish at the Big West Championships in Northridge on Saturday.

The Mustangs finished with 146 points after the second day of competition. Long Beach State won with 176.5 points, followed by UC Santa Barbara at 152.

Cal Poly’s women’s team placed sixth (71.5). UC Davis won the championship (172.5), followed by UC Santa Barbara (128.5) and Cal State Northridge (127).

A day after winning the men’s 10,000, Chris Frias won the 5,000 in 14 minutes, 48.71 seconds, followed by teammates Blake Ahrold in second (14:49.89) and Sean Davidson in third (14:53.08).

David Namnath ran a personal-best 51.65 in placing second in the 400 hurdles for the Mustangs, while teammate John Guerrero finished second in the 800 in 1:50.32.

On the women’s side, Cal Poly freshman Laura Hollander won the 5,000 in a meet-record time of 16:25.62. Fellow freshman Rachel Bush was fourth in 17:42.8.

Cuesta at Southern California Finals

Cuesta’s Riley Cooks set a school record in the heptathlon, scoring 4,299 points to finish fifth.

Cooks also finished fifth in the long jump, jumping 18-2, the second highest in school history.

Lauren Silacci finished fourth in the steeplechase in 11:48, and Jessie Armes finished fifth in the 800 in 2:18.71.

On the mens side, Josiah Becker placed second in the pole vault at 15-4, Patrick Clemons placed fifth in the javelin at 179-7 and Phillip Hanley finished fifth in the high jump at 6-6.

All will compete at the state meet.
Hasay at Pac-12 Championships

Former Mission Prep standout Jordan Hasay qualified first for Oregon in the women’s 1,500 meters at USC, running 4:19.97.

Hasay will run in the finals today before competing in the 5,000.

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