CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 2, 2016) – Junior Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) and senior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) each recorded significant personal-best marks to move up the their respective Caltech track & field Top 10 lists at the SCIAC Multi-Dual #2 in Claremont on Saturday.
Chen, just a week after tying her previous career-best mark in the triple jump, cleared a half-meter more to leap into fifth place all-time at 32 feet. Soon after, she chopped off over a quarter of a second in the 100-meter dash to clock another personal-best with a 14.63.
Hill, meanwhile, continued his impressive senior-year surge as he unleashed a massive hammer throw to claim first place in the meet with a mark of 145 feet, two inches – the fifth-best in the SCIAC this season. He moved up another spot on the program's all-time list and now ranks third while just 10 inches shy of second. Hill also recorded a narrow PR in the shot put, clearing 34 feet, one and one-half inch.
"Morgan has worked hard for his improvements this season," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "His focus on consistency in practice has really paid off."
Multiple other Beavers experienced highlights as well. Freshman Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) debuted in the steeplechase and, despite an early fall, ranked seventh in program history with a 13:19.30. Freshman Rohan Doshi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) shaved four seconds in the 1500m to record a solid 4:12.03 alongside a two-second drop in the same event by sophomore Gene Vaughan (Mission, Texas / Sharyland), who timed in at 4:51.25. Sophomore Alex Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) also trimmed almost a second in the 200m (24.39) while junior Lilly Luo (Belle Mead, N.J. / Montgomery Blair) ran her first 800m of the season, clocking a 2:53.62, and freshman Ben Calvin (Shawnee, Kan. / Shawnee Mission Northwest) made his spring debut. The men's 4x100 relay also cut off over half a second from its last time out for a 47.69.
"We're entering the stage where we're fine-tuning things," Raphelson said. "Our fitness is there, so we're working on overall execution."
Raphelson and the Beavers have a one-week tune-up at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday, Apr. 9 before their final SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season the following weekend.