Cal Poly freshman Laura Hollander made her collegiate track debut Friday night at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing third overall in the women’s Olympic Development Elite Division 5,000 meters with a time of 15 minutes, 53.73 seconds. She was three seconds behind first place Natasha LaBeaud.
Hollander is coming off a big cross country season where she was undefeated in regular-season meets, won the Big West Conference title and placed ninth in the NCAA cross country championships in November.
David Namnath posted a career best in the men’s 400 open hurdles (52.06) to place third for Cal Poly.
John Prader placed second in the men’s open pole vault (16 feet, 103⁄4 inches) behind Arizona State’s Derick Hinch, who began his college career at Cuesta College. Hinch, third at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet, won at 17-2 3⁄4. Kasey Burlingham, another former Cuesta pole vaulter now at Washington, placed fifth at 16-4 3⁄4.
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The Mustangs also competed at the Bryan Clay Invitational, hosted by Azusa Pacific.
Sophomore Brian Hutchinson placed seventh overall in the men’s shot put with a mark of 51-5.
Hawaii 4, Cal Poly 0; Hawaii 3, Cal Poly 1
The Mustangs struggled offensively in their doubleheader against first-place Hawaii and dropped both games.
In the opener, Lauren Moreno went 2 for 3, and Cami Brown went 1 for 2, but those were the only hits the Mustangs (18-28-1, 7-8 Big West Conference) had against Hawaii (36-8, 13-1).
In the second game, Cal Poly led early but couldn’t hold on.
Jillian Andersen scored for the Mustangs in the first inning after Mariah Cochiolo singled on a bunt and Hawaii committed an error on the throw to first, allowing Andersen to score.
Hawaii tied the score with a run in the fourth, then added two runs in the fifth to grab the win.
Both Andersen and Brown went 1 for 2, and Emily Ceccacci and Cochiolo went 1 for 3.