CLAREMONT, Calif. (Mar. 2, 2019) – The Caltech men's track & field team competed through tough, rainy conditions to deliver a solid day at the first SCIAC Multi-Dual of 2019, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. The men came within four points of earning a dual victory over Chapman University, one of five competing SCIAC schools on the day.
Junior Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) had a strong day despite the wet conditions, finishing third with 4:09.01 coming in two seconds off his best-ever. Senior Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) competed with Ricci and posted a 4:18.30. Caltech also had solid representation in the 800 with sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) posting a sixth-place 2:01.79 and junior Tiger Lu (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi) coming in less than two seconds behind him (2:03.10). Freshmen Kellen Rodriguez (Fairmont, Minn. / Fairmont) and August Chen (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) competed in the same race. Three more Beavers competed in the 5000 with Choudhury leading the pack with a 17:51.12. Classmate Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) and sophomore Haoyuan Sun (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech.) followed Choudhury with an 18:50.72 and 19:04.74.
Junior Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) led Caltech in the speed events, posting a fourth-place 23.57 in the 200 and an 11.64 in the 100. Freshman Harvey Scriven (London, England / Winchester College), meanwhile competed in the 400 (55.25). Freshman Jerome Seebeck (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton College Prep) gave the Beavers representation in the hurdle events, crossing the line in 18.28 in the 110 hurdles while coming within two-tenths of a second away from claiming sixth-place. Seebeck also competed in the 400 hurdles (1:01.41). Junior Alex Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West) posted a 4.45m mark in the pole vault and freshman Peter Kulits (Everett, Wash. / King's) competed in the triple jump and made his debut in the long jump, coming in at 5.51m.
Sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) had a strong day in the throwing events, earning a career-best second-place finish in the hammer throw. Rostovtsev also delivered a 7.51m shot put, coming in just two-tenths of a meter away from a PR. The sophomore then earned a seventh-place finish in the javelin (28.49m) and also competed in the discus.
"We encountered some tough conditions and great competition," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "It gave us a glimpse of how good we can be and the things we still have to work on."
Raphelson and the Beavers will look to pick up where they left off when they travel to Occidental College for next Saturday's Oxy Invite.