At the Big West Conference championships at UC Riverside, Cal Poly’s best track and field performances of the day Friday came in the women’s 10,000 meters as Sydney Szabo finished second, three seconds behind Daniella Moreno of UC Santa Barbara, in 37 minutes, 36.02 seconds, while Molly Haar finished third (37:41.13) and Michelle Read finished fifth (37:58.29).
Mishe’ Scott finished third in the long jump at 19 feet, 11⁄2 inches.
Annie Whitford added a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:04.71), and Maddie McDonald was fifth (11:19.86).
After the first day, the women are in third place with 39 points behind CSUN (91) and UC Davis (52).
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On the men’s side, the Mustangs scored 15 points in the 3,000 steeplechase as Nick Wolff finished third (9:03.57), three seconds behind winner Bryce Rausa of UC Santa Barbara, while David Galvez was fifth (9:11.23), Devon Grove was sixth (9:14.46) and Blake Ahrold was seventh (9:20.33).
Danny Shellworth placed fourth in the high jump (6-71⁄2), and Ivy Adair was fifth in the long jump (22-91⁄4).
The men are in third with 46 points behind UC Santa Barbara (87) and Long Beach State (53.5) The Mustangs had seven points in the 10,000 from Luis Morales (fifth, 31:14.7), Michael Giguere (seventh, 31:24.81) and Swarnjit Boyal (eighth, 31:24.85).
In prelims, the Mustangs had four men qualify for the 1,500 finals (Kyle Lynch, Peter Cotsirilos, Al Gamez Jr. and Clayton Hutchins) and Ben Hartinger had the day’s third-fastest time in the 110 hurdles (14.5).
The meet concludes today.
Cuesta at CCCAA State Championships
The Cougars are in 19th place on the men’s side after the first day of the meet at the College of San Mateo.
Max Clark is in eighth with 3,118 points after the first day of the decathlon, highlighted by finishing fifth in the 100 meters (11.31). Chase Pacheco of Hartnell is in first with 3,719 points. Cuesta’s Connor Fisher finished seventh (32:14.91) in the men’s 10,000 meters.
Regional honors for Hyland
After earning second-team all-Big West Conference honors Wednesday, Cal Poly pitcher Sierra Hyland was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-West Region second team Thursday for the second straight season.
The West Region is comprised of programs from the Big West, Pac-12, Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences.
Hyland is the only Mustang to earn NFCA all-region honors in the past five years after leading the Big West Conference in strikeouts (233).