Cuesta men’s track and field secured the program’s first team title in school history at the Western State Conference Championship meet on Saturday, while the women’s team finished sixth.
The team had finished third nine times in the program’s 46-year history before Saturday’s historic victory.
The Cougars entered Saturday trailing Canyons by a single point and led by two entering the final event, the men’s 4x400 race. Cuesta ended up taking second in their best time of the year (3 minutes, 18.08 seconds), shaving more than six seconds off their previous best of 3:24.42. Canyons finished fourth to give Cuesta the title, 139 points to 137.
Making up the team was Western State Conference 800-meter champion Devon Hallinan, decathlete Matt Tyler, All-WSC hurdler Raymond Smith and anchor Robert Fast.
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Hallinan won the 800 in 1:55.74, the second straight year the Cougars had won it and the third time since 2011.
Joe Reeves won the pole vault for the Cougars, clearing 15 feet, 9.75 inches and besting 2015 All State teammate Joe Dreyer. Both will go onto the 2016 California Community College Athletic Association Regional Prelims next week.
Augusta Thomanson — the defending state champion in the pole vault — continued her dominance in the event, clearing 12-6 for her second straight WSC title. She remained undefeated in CCCAA competition.
Freshman Miranda Dachian won the 1,500 meters in 4:55.48, and both Dachian and Thomanson will move on to the 2016 CCCAA Regional Prelims.
UCSB sweeps Cal Poly in dual meet
Arnie Sambel won the men’s shot put with a mark of 57-2, the fifth-best mark in school history, but the Mustangs lost sides of a dual meet.
The Gauchos men won 106-93, and the women won 106-95.
Nate Vickers was second in the men’s shot put at 54-7 1/2 .
Sambel also won the discus at 173-11.
Kendal Nielsen won the women’s triple jump at 41-8 3/4 , the third-best mark in school history. Juliana McCuaig was second with a mark of 38-8.
Nielsen also won the long jump with a career-best distance of 19-1 1/2 . Jesscia Rasmussen was second at 19-0 1/4 .
Ricky Strehlow won the men’s long jump with a mark of 23-1, and the triple jump at 48-9 1/4 .
Jessica Escalante won the 100 in 12.35, and the 200 in 25.23. Ralaina LiDrazzah was right behind her in both events (12.44 and 25.41, respectively).
Kevin Staniszewski was first in the men’s 110 hurdles in 14.83, and Vince Porter won the men’s high jump, clearing a height of 6-9 1/2 .
Cal Poly 5, UC Davis 1; Cal Poly 6, UC Davis 0
Cal Poly junior Sierra Hyland had seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, and sophomore Lindsey Chalmers pitched a two-hit complete game as Cal Poly took both games of a doubleheader at home.
Hyland scattered five hits and walked one, improving to 12-4 on the year. Breana West had an RBI double in the first, and Chelsea Convissar had an RBI single in the second. Cal Poly scored three runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Hyland, Betsy Colburn and Makenna Young.
UC Davis (14-29, 3-11 Big West) had three hits in the sixth to bring in its only run of the day.
In the second game, Chalmers struckout eight and walked only one. The Mustangs struck in the second inning, when both Ashley Torino and Young had RBI doubles.
West singled in the third to bring home Amanda Sandoval before Cal Poly scored two more in the fifth. Stephanie Heyward tripled and was brought home on a Sandoval double, who would later score on a Hyland single.
Young homered in the sixth for Cal Poly’s final run of the day. The Mustangs (23-20, 6-8) more than doubled their run output from their past three games combined, 11-5.
The Mustangs wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Long Beach State 2, Cal Poly 0
Darren McCaughan and Chris Rivera combined for a four-hit shutout to clinch the three-game Big West Conference series at Long Beach State.
The Dirtbags (25-16, 8-6 Big West) earned a 14-3 win over the Mustangs on Friday. Cal Poly hasn’t scored a run since a three-run first inning in that game.
Saturday’s loss pushes Cal Poly (25-16, 7-4) out of first place in the conference and gives them a three-game losing streak for the second time this year. The Mustangs had won their first three Big West series this year against Cal State Fullerton, Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara before this weekend.
The Dirtbags scored a run in the fourth and the sixth, and McCaughan pitched eight scoreless innings. Rivera retired the Mustangs in order to end the game.
Brett Binning had two of Cal Poly’s four hits, including a double in the eighth inning. Cal Poly was shut out for the third time this season.
Brett Barbier went 0 for 4, snapping his streak of 40 straight games reaching base safely and ending his 16-game hitting streak.
Mustang sophomore Erich Uelmen (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he allowed two runs and eight hits over seven innings with a pair of walks. Justin Calomeni pitched one inning and had one strikeout.
The series will conclude Sunday at 1 p.m.