Sophomore Kayleigh Tyerman improved her 2009 time by 13 seconds, and this time, it was good enough for an individual cross country win and a Cal Poly women’s team title at the Asics/UC Irvine Invitational on Saturday.
The men’s team, meanwhile, placed second of 19 teams, behind Big West rival UC Irvine’s score of 76.
In the 2009 meet, Tyerman’s trip to the UC Irvine campus yielded her a second-place finish. One year older and one year wiser, Tyerman dropped her time from 17:26 to 17:13 at the meet. The time earned her a second straight meet win after last week’s victory in a dual at UC Santa Barbara.
The Mustangs had three others in the top 10. Kelly Barmann (17:46) followed Tyerman to the line in seventh place, and Leann Fogg (ninth place, 17:58) and Jenny Bergren (10th place, 18:01) helped give Cal Poly the win with 42 points.
Azusa Pacific finished second with 80 points.
The men’s team, the unanimous Big West coaches preseason pick as league favorite, used just six runners to tally 110 points and a second-place finish. Michael Johnson (12th place, 25:25) and Clayton Graham (15th place, 25:34) led the Mustangs.
Next up, the Mustangs will compete at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 25.
Cal Poly 3, Montana State 0; Cal Poly 3, Washington State 1
The Mustangs swept two matches at the Washington State Tournament in Pullman, Wash.
The Mustangs had relatively little trouble in dispatching Montana State 25-10, 25-12, 25-11 in the early match.
Freshman Kristina Graven had a match-high 15 kills on a .556 hitting percentage for the Mustangs while Catie Smith added 11 kills on a .333 percentage. As a team, Cal Poly hit .443 while holding Montana State to a minus-.019 percentage.
In the nightcap, the Mustangs (7-3) handled host Washington State 25-19, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16.
Graven again led the way with a team-high 20 kills on a .415 percentage. Smith added 15 kills, and setter Sarah Cawrse picked up a match-high 48 assists.
Cal Poly will next play Oregon State on Friday to kick off the UC Davis-hosted Aggie Classic.
Victor Valley 3, Cuesta 0; Cuesta 3, Antelope Valley 2
The Cougars (3-1) split a pair of matches at the Victor Valley Tournament.
Cuesta fell 25-16, 25-22, 27-25 to host Victor Valley before rebounding with a 25-27, 25-20, 20-25, 25-12, 15-8 win over Antelope Valley.
Tess Gilkey had a team-high 15 kills in the loss to Victor Valley while adding a team-best 14 in the win over Antelope Valley.
Ensley Allmon had 67 combined assists in the the two matches, while Daniella Florant had a combined 25 kills.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cerritos 18, Cuesta 4; Cuesta 17, Ohlone 5
Cuesta’s Ally Bernard scored two goals in the loss to 2008 state champion Cerritos, while Loren Kasenberg added a match-high 10 saves.
The Cougars (3-1) were given a boost offensively by Julia Tartarian’s six goals in the win over Ohlone, while Bernard added another four.
Sophie Mouret tallied two goals against Ohlone.