CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2019) – The Caltech men's track & field team put together another solid all-around day to start the season at the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges-hosted Rossi Relays on Saturday.
Freshman Peter Kulits (Everett, Wash. / King's) hit a significant mark in the triple jump. Kulits finished third with his 13.39m jump, good for first-place among Division III participants and just five-hundredths of a meter off second place. The freshman's best jump of the young season officially places him fifth on the Caltech top-10 and is the first jumper to make Caltech's triple jump top-10 in 14 years. Caltech continued its momentum in the speed and power events when sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) got a PR in the hammer throw with a 35.50m toss, marking the second time the sophomore has broken a 30m hammer throw in his career. His previous best throw came at last week's SCIAC Multi-Dual when he hit 30.54m. Freshmen Jerome Seebeck (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton College Prep) and Shri Deshmukh (Montgomery, N.J. / Montgomery) got to show their stuff in their 400 hurdles debuts, with Seebeck taking eighth with an all-time best mark (57.49) and Deshmukh coming 11th (58.14) as the second and third-best Division III finishers. Both times were previously good enough for Caltech's top-10 list, though Seebeck's time ultimately takes over as the ninth-best mark all-time.
"It was especially nice to see Dan's hard work paying off in the hammer and it was the same story with Jerome and Shri in the 400m hurdles," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "I think they all have more in store for themselves this season."
Caltech saw continued success in the distance medley relay. The 'A' team consisting of juniors Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago), Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont), Tiger Lu (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi) and sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) edged last year's 'A' team time for the fastest distance medley in recent memory (10:46.33). The 'B' team, made up of freshmen Gaurav Phanse (Fremont, Calif. / Dublin), August Chen (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and Kellen Rodriguez (Fairmont, Minn. / Fairmont) and senior Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) mixed into a competitive field and came away with an 11:07.31. Both teams kept the same participants but mixed the order in the 4x800 relay. The 'A' team finished fourth out of nine teams (first among Division III schools) with an 8:26.10 while the 'B' team finished in eighth, crossing the line in 8:55.12. Caltech also had two participants in the 3000m run, with senior Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) beating out sophomore Haoyuan Sun (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech.) by eight-hundredths of a second (10:43.92).
Raphelson and the Beavers will be back in Claremont their first SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season this Saturday, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. Occidental College, Whittier College and Chapman University will also be competing.