PASADENA, CA – After a month of practices the Caltech track and field teams were final able to put their efforts to good use on Saturday afternoon by hosting their annual All Comers meet.
The event featured a handful of unattached runners as well as members from Moorpark College and La Verne. There was no team scoring for the event.
"This was a good first meet to just get the competitive juices flowing," said head coach Michael Stevenson. "After several weeks of practices it was nice for our student-athletes to get out there and compete against somebody other than just their teammate."
Almost just as important was getting the first-years some intercollegiate competition under their belt. Anand Poozhikunnel posted solid times in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. He crossed the line in those two events in 17.90 and 1:04.76 respectively. Poozhikunnel also jumped 11.58 meters in the triple jump.
Gauri Shastri competed in three field events in her first collegiate competition. She had worthy efforts in the long jump (3.04 meters), triple jump (6.45 meters) and javelin throw (14.87 meters).
Eric Martin posted a good time in the 800-meter event to start his season. The junior crossed the finish line in the two-lap race in 2:00.87 in recording the win.
Aditya Bhagavathi won the 3000-meter event with at time of 9:31.91.
In the women's distance races Marlyn Moore recorded the top Caltech time in the 1500-meter event (5:40.97) while Stephanie Reynolds crossed the finish line in 11:06.86 during the 3000-meter race. Reynold's nearly won the 800-meter race (2:32.34) but was less than two seconds off the top finishers time.
Caltech travels to Claremont next weekend for the Pomona-Pitzer All Comers meet.