PASADENA (July. 12, 2018) – The Caltech track & field program has unveiled its schedule for the upcoming 2019 season. Head Coach Ben Raphelson's squad will open up the year indoors with the Northern Arizona University-hosted NAU Invite between Feb. 1 and 2. Qualifying athletes will then go on to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boston on Mar. 8 and 9.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Beavers will open their outdoor season at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet in Claremont, Calif. Caltech will then return to Claremont just one week later when they participate in the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges-hosted Rossi Relays on Feb. 23. Last year's relays saw the Caltech men post strong marks, particularly in the distance medley where Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago), Michael Brown (New Orleans, La. / Isidore Newman), Joey Hong (Campbell, Calif. / King's Acad.) and Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) posted the fastest cumulative time in recent memory.
With March comes the SCIAC multi-dual portion of the season. Caltech will kick things off back at Pomona-Pitzer, where they will also go head-to-head with Occidental College, Whittier College and Chapman University. Last year's opening multi-dual at the University of Redlands saw a slew of debuts on the men's and women's top-10 lists, and this year could provide similar results with 11 new Beavers entering the track & field and cross country programs. The Beavers will turn around and compete at the Oxy Invite on Saturday, Mar. 9 before coming home to South Field to host the second SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season against visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, California Lutheran University and Whittier in an Orange Out on Saturday, Mar. 30.
Caltech is set to participate in three more meets in April prior to the SCIAC Championships in Claremont at the end of the month. The Beavers will begin the month at the CMS Invite on Saturday, Apr. 6 before taking part in a third SCIAC Multi-Dual against the University of La Verne, Redlands and host Whittier. Freshman hurdler Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) nabbed the 400m hurdles record at last year's third multi-dual for her second of two program records as a rookie. Caltech will close the regular season at the Beach Invitational, hosted by California State University, Long Beach. The SCIAC Championships are set to take place on Friday, Apr. 26 and Saturday, Apr. 27. Track & Field wrapped 2018 on a high note with three Beavers qualifying for championship races before freshman Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) hit the podium with a second-place finish in the 5000m run to improve upon a school record she set earlier in the season.
The Oxy Last Chance Invite will take on place on May 11, where a select number of participants will compete, looking to improve times and scores in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships. The national championship meet is scheduled over three days, beginning on Thursday, May 23 in Geneva, Ohio.