Athletics dominate Cal Poly Invitational with 18 first-place finishes
Two clean sweeps in the women’s discus and men’s javelin were part of the massive podium presence the Mustangs hosted at home during the Cal Poly Invitational on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at the Miller and Capriotti Sports Complex.
The Mustangs earned 18 first-place finishes over the weekend, including 11 followed by a second-place couple.
The invite hosted 12 different teams, including Big West foe CSU Bakersfield. Fresno State, Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, Sonoma State and Southern Utah were among the schools that traveled to San Luis Obispo to compete.
On the women’s side, rookie Isabella Rigby led the way in the discus throw with a first-place finish at 48.97m. Sophomore Amaya Lopez-Fuller threw a 45.35m and sophomore Natalie Rogers threw a 44.12m, rounding out the top three for the Mustangs.
Sophomore Annie Hatzenbeler placed first in the pole vault with a height of 3.95m, as well as first place Rogers in the shot put with a throw of 11.93m. Another sophomore, Kaia Hoak, finished first in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:13.65.
A pair of freshmen, Melody Nwagwu and Maya Holman, took the top step of the podium in the long jump. Nwagwu jumped 5.74m and Holman 5.49m.
The triple jump duo of graduate Karina Moreland, who jumped 12.13m, and Nwagwu, who jumped 12.01m, did one and two in the event.
Remarkable sophomore Cassidy Hubert continued her great season with another first-place finish in the 800m, clocking two minutes and 11.38 minutes.
Cal Poly’s all-time shot put record holder, senior Emily Hallett, had another strong showing on Friday, placing second with a throw of 55.42m.
The Mustang women finished the Invitational with eight first-place finishes and 10 second-place finishes.
On the men’s side of the competition, junior Devon Cetti started the competition at the top of the podium in the hammer throw with a mark of 58.90m. Senior Chris Davis’ first-place finish in 49.06 seconds in the 400m and junior Tyler Esteves’ first-place finish in 10.90 seconds in the 100m were among the Mustangs men’s top eight individual finishes this weekend.
In the javelin, freshman Elliott Payne’s 55.58m mark set the stage for a Mustang sweep in the event. Junior Kevin Schmitt threw 54.01m and second Nick Gammal threw 51.98m to complete the top three.
Sophomore pole vaulters Zach Volpe and Mathis Bresko both reached a height of 4.95m to tie for first place. Schmitt and junior John Walther finished in the top two in the high jump. Schmitt jumped 2.00m and Walther jumped 1.95m.
Sophomore Aidan McCarthy edged junior teammate Xian Shively in the 1,500m by three-tenths of a second as they both crossed the finish line first. McCarthy clocked in at 3:45.93 and Shively clocked in at 3:46.13.
In the 400 hurdles, runner-up Joey Souto’s time of 53.68 seconds was fast enough to take first place ahead of junior redshirt teammate Jonathan Chagnon’s time of 55.76 seconds.
For the men’s relay teams, Cal Poly won the 4x100m in 41.33 seconds and the 4x400m in 3 minutes 15.35 seconds.
The Mustangs return to the track on Friday, April 1 at two different meets, the West Coast Relays at Fresno State University and the Stanford Invitational at Stanford University.
The Stanford Invitational will run until Saturday, April 2, but the West Coast Relays are a one-day event.