Photo: Jerome Seebeck
WHITTIER, Calif. (Apr. 13, 2019) – The Caltech men's track & field team notched a pair of event wins at Saturday's Whittier College-hosted SCIAC Multi-Dual #3, both of which came courtesy of senior Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) and freshman Peter Kulits (Everett, Wash. / King's).
Choudhury took first place in the 5000 for the first win of his four-year Caltech career. The senior crossed the finish line in 16:01.77 for his best race effort over the distance this season and held off eight other competitors from Whittier, the University of Redlands and the University of La Verne. Choudhury's nine-second margin of victory came in large part due to a race strategy designed to best deal with the rapidly rising temperature. Junior Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) and senior Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) also competed in the 5000, with Hashe posting a season-best 17:55.56 while coming within 10 seconds of his best time ever.
"I thought Rohan raced with a lot of maturity," Raphelson said. "He did a nice job laying off the pace in the first mile due to the hot conditions, then led for most of the last half of the race, fending off moves by different runners and pulling away for the first win of his collegiate career. We're really happy for the way his senior season is coming together and it was overall exciting to see how well people were competing across the board today."
Kulits won the triple jump over three other competitors, posting a 13.40m best mark to claim the event by nearly two meters. The jump was Kulits' best since setting his career mark at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet back in February. The freshman also PR'd in the long jump, reaching 5.84m on his best effort. Sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven), meanwhile led Caltech in throwing events, PR'ing the discus with a 27.06m mark while also competing in the hammer throw and javelin.
The Beavers also fared well in the remaining distance and middle distance events. Sophomore Spencer Morgenfeld (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto) set a new season-best in the steeplechase with a third-place 10:22.78, and junior Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) took a big step forward with a PR in the 1500. Ricci made a near-five second improvement to 4:02.39, which has him currently positioned in eighth on the Caltech Top-10 list. Sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) tailed Ricci with a 4:06.70 in the same race and freshman Gaurav Phanse (Fremont, Calif. / Dublin) made his 1500 debut in his return to action (4:10.96).
The sprinting events also yielded some season-bests for the Beavers, with Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) leading the way with a season-best 400 time (51.41), finishing sixth while missing out on a new PR by four-hundredths of a second. Classmate Harvey Scriven (London, England / Winchester College), meanwhile set a season-best of his own with a 52.92. Freshman Jerome Seebeck (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton College Prep) returned to action in the 200 following a bout with mononucleosis and sprinted to a 23.52. All three sprinters additionally combined with Earney to make up the 4x400 relay team with Scriven leading and Earney anchoring. The quartet's 3:31.89 came within three-tenths of a second away from setting the team's best 4x400 time of the season.
Raphelson and the Beavers will have the next week-and-a-half to refine and refresh themselves before competing at the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges-hosted SCIAC Championships on Saturday, Apr. 27 and Sunday, Apr. 28.