May 10, 2013 11:49 PM by Andrew Masuda
The Cal Poly men's track and field team won three events and sits in first place after the opening day of the Big West Conference Championships at Cal State Northridge on Friday.
Senior John Prader won his second consecutive men's pole vault title. He won with a top clearance of 17 feet, 7.25 inches. The runner-up Ethan Ostrom of UC Davis cleared 17-3.5. Last year, Prader won the title by clearing 17-6.5. He edged Ostrom then by by 3.75 inches.
Earlier this season, Prader set a career-high by clearing 18-7.75, which at the time ranked #1 in the west coast and #3 in the nation.
Cal Poly freshman Nick Woolf won the men's 3000 meter steeplechase final. He finished in a time of 9:01.33. He edged fellow Mustang, junior Blake Ahrold by 1.37 seconds. Ahrold was clocked in 9:02.70. Cal Poly junior Michael Johnson finished fourth in 9:17.02.
Chris Frias delivered Cal Poly's third win of the day. The junior won the men's 10,000 meter run with a time of 30:46.27. The Mustangs' Sean Davidson finished a close second in 30:47.07.
The Cal Poly men's team concluded the first day of completion in first place with 82.50 points while the women's team is fourth with 35 points.
Mustang freshman Mary Jo Wright finished second in the women's steeplechase with a time of 11:00.28. Freshman Danielle Bryan and sophomore Jessica Sargeson finished second and third in the women's high jump. They both cleared 5-7, but Bryan finished in second by virtue of fewer misses.
Nipomo High graduate Heather Hawes, a sophomore at UCSB, finished 12th in the women's shot put. Her top throw was 41 feet, 7.25 inches.
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