REDLANDS, Calif. (Apr. 16, 2016) – Senior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) shattered an 81-year-old record and sophomore Alex Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) recorded an incredible four personal bests as Caltech men's track & field defeated Whittier College, 73-68, while junior Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) cracked another women's Top-10 list on Saturday.
Having also beaten Chapman University for the second straight season, the Beavers have recorded a pair of dual victories for the first time since 2007. Six Beavers and both relays earned first-place points in the dual scoring vs. Whittier, led by a pair of maximum earners in senior Edward Garza (Corpus Christi, Texas / King) and freshman Ben Calvin (Shawnee, Kan. / Shawnee Mission Northwest).
"The day before the meet, we discussed trying to feed off of each other's performances," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "We felt that could carry us to a strong team effort."
Continuing his stunning development throughout his senior year, Hill launched the hammer yet another two meters past his career-best mark from just last week, blowing past the record set by Robert Parker back in 1935. Hill's mark of 158 feet, two-and-a-half inches was less than four inches from winning his second dual meet title of the spring and maintained his hold on the fifth-best mark in the SCIAC. He also bettered his personal record in the discus to cap the historic day.
"It was a lot of fun to see Morgan break the record and the team was very excited for him," Raphelson said. "It was validating for him and the work he has put in, but we also recognize that the season is not over."
After weeks of steadily approaching the program's long jump Top-10 list, Chen finally just made the cut with an improvement of three inches for a leap of 14 feet, five-and-a-half inches. She also ranks fifth on the triple jump list.
Garza blazed past both his personal best times in the 100- and 200-meter dash, albeit with significant wind assistance exceeding the legal limit in each. He clocked significant drops to record an 11.34 in the 100m and a 22.80 in the 200m. Calvin dropped .42 in the 110-meter hurdles (18.94) and debuted in the 400m hurdles, timing in at 1:09.13 to complete his sweep of first-place finishes in the dual scoring.
Seniors Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) and Anup Kishore (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley), sophomore Chris Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) and freshman Rohan Doshi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) also notched maximum points in one event apiece. Yei trimmed .16 from his season-best time in the 400m, Kishore moved another step toward his pre-injury form with a another foot improvement in the triple jump (38 feet, two inches), Haack crossed the line in the 5k at 19:26.77 and Doshi shaved almost a second in the 800m (2:01.51). Both the 4x100 (47.16) and 4x400 (3:43.27) relays posted season-best times and brought in top points as well.
Bourzutschky clocked a major career-best time in the 200m (23.82), dropping three-quarters of a second from this season's top time and sneaking under his previous PR by .11, along with a new top mark in the pole vault at 10 feet, six inches while running legs on both relays. Sophomore Gene Vaughan (Mission, Texas / Sharyland) earned second-place points in the 5k (19:32.27) along with freshman Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) in the 800m (2:08.40), while junior Teddy Hu (Qingdao, China / Qingdao No. 2) edged out Whittier's lone runner in the 400m by half a second (1:03.94). Choudhury also posted a PR in the 1500m (4:11.93), with freshman Joey Hong (Milpitas, Calif. / King's Acad.) recording a 2:09.50 in the 800m and Kishore improving another two-and-a-half feet in the discus (63 feet, five and three-quarters inches).
Freshman Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) and junior Lilly Luo (Belle Mead, N.J. / Montgomery) completed the near-perfect record of personal bests on the day. Luo trimmed a second and a half in the 1500m (5:49.56) and timed in at 2:56.23 in the 800m while Goyal edged out Whittier's only sprinter in the 100m and registered a massive improvement in the discus by nearly four meters (64 feet, 10 inches).
"After such a successful day, we're excited for what's in store for the entire program," Raphelson said.
Head Coach Ben Raphelson and the Beavers enjoy a week off from competition while preparing for the SCIAC Championships, which Caltech is hosting at Occidental College on Friday and Saturday, Apr. 29 and 30.