CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2016) – Freshman Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) ran onto the Caltech women's track & field top 10 list for the 3,000-meter run, freshman Rohan Doshi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) recorded an impressive split on the distance medley relay and several other Beavers continued to show marked improvement at the 20th Annual Rossi Relays hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday.
Marasigan clocked an 11:41.53 to rank ninth on the all-time list. Doshi posted a blazing 3:15 split on the 1,200m leg of the distance medley relay, which beat both Cal Lutheran University and Chapman University in 11:04.21. The men's 4x800 relay also improved on last year's time by 20 seconds, finishing in 8:49.14.
"I fully expect Michelle to earn a spot on our all-times lists in several events this year," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "It's a credit to the hard work she has been putting in all season. Our distance group doesn't get the chance to run many relay races, so they did their best to take advantage of the opportunity despite the crowded conditions. Overall, they competed very well."
Seniors Edward Garza (Corpus Christi, Texas / King) continued to lower his 100-meter dash time, finishing eighth among SCIAC sprinters in 11.42 – the fastest time by a Beaver in the last five years. Senior Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) also trimmed his 100m time to a season-best 12.49 while junior Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) chopped off another .15 in her 100m to post a 14.82 and freshman Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) matched last week's 18.14. Goyal also added almost a foot to her previous best in the shot put, clearing 22 feet, five and three-quarters inches, while senior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) improved on all four attempts in the shot put, reaching a personal-best 33 feet, 11 1/2 inches on his final, and blew away his hammer throws from both last week and last year's meet, tossing 133 feet – his best yet since incorporating two turns. Sophomore Gene Vaughan (Mission, Texas / Sharyland) shaved over a minute from his season-opening 3,000m to post a 10:36.78, while junior Lilly Luo (Belle Mead, N.J. / Montgomery) timed in at 12:40.01.
"Morgan is continuing his development," Raphelson said. "He made some great technical breakthroughs that bode well for the remainder of the season."
Raphelson and the Beavers compete in their first SCIAC Multi-Dual on Saturday, Mar. 5 at Occidental College, where they will face Chapman, CMS and the University of La Verne.