LOS ANGELES (Mar. 28, 2015) – Junior Aditya Bhagavathi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) continued his assault of the program record book, cracking the Top 3 all-time in the 5000-meter run as the Caltech track and field teams competed in their second SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season, facing the host Tigers and the University of Redlands, at Occidental College on Saturday.
The junior blazed his way to the Beavers' only first-place finish of the day, blowing past his top opponent on the final lap and shaving 30 seconds off his previous best outdoor time to clock a 15:13.51.
"It was a breakthrough day in many events," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "The performances weren't career-bests across the board, but most of the team competed brilliantly and surprised themselves with what they were capable of in many areas."
Junior Anup Kishore (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) had the most successful day in terms of points, earning a pair of second place-finishes for Caltech in the pole vault and triple jump, which he contested simultaneously. Kishore picked up first-place points against both rival schools in the triple jump as well as first-place against Redlands in the pole vault. In just his second meet since rejoining the team after the fencing season, Kishore improved by nearly a foot in the pole vault, clearing an even 11 feet – just six inches off his career best. He also leapt a whopping 39 feet, six inches in the triple jump and hurled the javelin over 83 feet, both coming in his first attempt at each event this spring.
Junior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) also claimed five points for a first-place finish over Redlands in the hammer while taking one against Oxy as he placed fifth overall. Senior Ben Grabowski (Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Inglemoor) picked up three points vs. Redlands and another vs. Oxy in the javelin. Senior Juan Adame (Sylmar, Calif. / Sylmar Math, Science and Tech.) placed fifth overall in the 5000m, taking three points against each opponent.
Freshman Caroline Atyeo (Parkland, Fla. / Marjory Stoneman Douglas) led the women's side in her first action in nearly a month, placing fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:31.19, which was good for eighth on the program's all-time list. She also picked up three points against each rival. Freshman Serena Delgadillo (Denton, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) got back on track in the hammer, throwing an additional three feet to edge past 92 feet, just six out of third place on the all-time list. She and sophomore Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) each recorded career bests in the 100-meter dash, dropping .20 and .10, respectively, with Delgadillo also leaping over 29 feet in the triple jump. The pair combined to score eight points over Oxy and four against Redlands in the triple jump, while Delgadillo also picked up three against Oxy in the hammer. Senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.) rounded out the women's side with a career-best-matching nine foot, half-inch mark in the pole vault and reached within four feet of her personal-best javelin mark, tossing it 106 feet. She scored five points vs. Oxy and three against Redlands in both events.
For the men, junior Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) chopped off more than a second from his season-debut time in the 200-meter dash, running a 24.72, with freshman Alex Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) hot on his heels, coming in at 24.78. Yei also timed in at 56.18 in the 400-meter run, with freshman Daniel Gawerc (Houston, Texas / Memorial) finishing in 58.99. Bourzutschky really impressed in just his second-ever competition in the pole vault, clearing an extra 18 inches just three weeks after his debut in the event to crack the nine-foot mark. Freshman Christopher Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) cut five seconds off his time in the 1500-meter run (4:52.75) and debuted in the 800m.
Head Coach Ben Raphelson and the Beavers will next participate in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday, Apr. 4.