Photo: Noelle Davis
CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 29, 2019) – The Caltech men's track & field team improved on its team score from 2018 at the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges hosted SCIAC Championships on Sunday's second day and delivered a series of personal best times to close the 2019 season. The Beavers scored five points at this year's championship meet, an improvement on last year's four points.
Sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) competed in Sunday's 1500m finals after qualifying on Saturday as the ninth-seeded runner out of 12 competitors. Earney turned in a 4:09.49 on the final day, five seconds off his PR and almost exactly three seconds off his Saturday time.
Meanwhile, The Beavers' 4x400 relay team saved its best run for last. Junior Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) linked up with classmate Harvey Scriven (London, England / Winchester College), freshman Jerome Seebeck (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton College Prep) and Earney as the anchor to deliver a 3:30.37 to improve on the the Beavers' previous best showing by more than a full second. The team's eighth-place finish scored the Beavers their fifth point to for the team to officially surpass last year's total. Freshman Gaurav Phanse (Fremont, Calif. / Dublin) and junior Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) finished consecutively in the 5000m run. Phanse and Ricci close the 2019 season ranked third and sixth in the Caltech Top-10 among 5000m runners.
Freshman Peter Kulits (Everett, Wash. / King's) made his SCIAC Championship debut on Sunday, giving his team a fifth-place finish in the triple-jump that earned the Beavers all four of their five points on the day. Kulits' best jump came three-tenths of a meter behind his career-best mark, but his 13.31m mark was good for the best jump among freshman competitors. Kulits' fifth-placing is also the best finish by a Beaver in any event since 1985. Sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) turned in his best showing of the weekend in the discus, his third competition. Rostovtsev, who has steadily improved in the discus throughout 2019, capped off the season with a PR 29.58m throw, topping his best attempt at the last SCIAC Multi-Dual by just over two-and-a-half meters. Junior Alex Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West) joined Rostovstev with a PR in the pole vault. His 3.36m attempt improved upon his most recent jump by just one-one hunredth of a meter.
Head Coach Ben Raphelson and a select few Beavers will continue to train over the next few weeks to compete in at the Oxy Last Chance Invitational with an eye toward more significant personal bests or program Top-10 marks.