Nick Woolf, Megan Mooney and Peyton Bilo won individual titles on the opening day of the Big West Track and Field Championships in Long Beach on Friday.
Woolf, a senior, etched his name in the record books when he won the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8 minutes, 57.69 seconds. He is only the second runner in conference history to win the event three times.
David Galvez finished second in the race in 9:10.80, and Logan Marshall was fifth in 9:17.00.
Mooney, a redshirt freshman, won the women’s javelin with a mark of 153 feet, 2 inches on her final attempt. The distance is the sixth-best in school history. Jessica Escalante was 14th with a mark of 112-7.
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Bilo, a freshman, won the women’s 10,000 in a time of 36:46.78, crossing the line a comfortable 17.45 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Rachel Bush was seventh in 37:50.70, and Jylie Nishisaka was 10th in 38:25.11.
Swarnjit Boyal was second in the men’s 10,000 in 30:28.87, a personal best, and Mickey Giguere was third in 30:34.40. Dimitri Voytilla was seventh in 31:04.06, and Hames Welsh was eighth in 31:31.80.
Maddie MacDonald was fourth in the women’s 3,000 steeplchase in 11:06.38, a personal best.
Nate Vickers was fifth in men’s shot put with a personal-best mark of 55-1.
The men’s team was in first place with 65 points, eight ahead of UC Davis. The women’s team was in sixth place with 29 points.
Competition continues Saturday.