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Cal Poly's Prader posts one of the top marks in the nation in pole vault

Cal Poly's John Prader, the defending Big West champion, set a personal record in the pole vault Saturday at the Cal Poly Invitational.

Prader cleared a height of 18 feet, one-half inch, which is believed to be the top mark in the country this season, tied with Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts.

Prader’s previous personal best was 17-61⁄2.

Decathlon world-record holder and 2012 gold medalist Ashton Eaton won the men’s javelin with a PR of 218-7. Eaton set a meet record in winning the 110 hurdles in 13.76 seconds and ran on the winning 1,600 relay team, which won in 3:18.2.

Two-time Olympian and former Cal Poly star Sharon Day set a meet record in the women’s long jump at 20-11⁄2.

The Mustangs’ Kendal Nielsen was second at 18-31⁄2, and Nielsen also won triple jump at 39-03⁄4.

Blake Ahrold won the men’s 3,000 steeplechase in 9:04.31 for Cal Poly.

On the women’s side, the Mustangs’ Lia Rivers-Birt  won the 800 at 2:11.29, Danielle Bryan won the high jump at 5-6 and the 400 relay team broke a school-record at 46.86. Fresno State won the race in 46.52.