With the 2014 set to begin, the Caltech track and field squads has a handful of athletes to keep an eye on as the season progresses and ultimately culminates at the SCIAC Championships the first weekend of May.
The Beavers are hosting two events this season. The campaign kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 8 with the annual All-Comers meet. In mid-April Caltech will host a quad meet featuring Cal Lutheran, La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer.
Though small in number the Beavers have key contributors that will regularly finish at the top of their respective events.
Leading the charge during field events will be Paige Logan. The senior already owns two school record (shot put and hammer throw) and is poised the break the discus mark this season. Moreover she has been named all-conference on five occasions.
“Paige has the ability to win the league title in at least one field event,” head coach Michael Stevenson said. “She has steadily improved each year and our goal is to have her close her collegiate career with a conference title.”
Another person to keep an eye during field events is Bridget Connor. The junior has been an improving pole vaulter and javelin thrower since taking up the event two years ago.
On the track Stephanie Reynolds has been moving up the Caltech record books. She nearly set the school record in the 800 meter race and posted the fastest 5000 meter time this millennium during the 2013 season. The native of Tallahassee, FL, has the potential to not only get both records but be a point scorer at the league championships. During the championships in 2013, Reynolds was an all-conference performer in the 1500 meter race.
Two other runners to keep an eye are Juliette Becker and Marlyn Moore. The two seniors pushed each other during cross country and have put in an honest effort during the off-season workout. Becker is looking to contribute in the 3000 meter steeplechase race while Moore will provide the team a lift in a variety of distance races.
“Stephanie has been a steady performer during her first two years with the program and could have a break out year on the track in 2014,” Stevenson said. “Juliette is only in her second year with the steeplechase race so it is natural to think she is going to improve. Marlyn has been putting forth such a good effort leading up to the start season. I’m looking for that effort to pay off with solid finishes and some team points during dual meets.”
Coming off when the best season in recent memory, Eric Martin returns for his junior year after a solid 2013 campaign. He was named all-conference after running the 1500 meter race at the league championships in 4:03.05 (the best Caltech time in five seasons). In addition to that race his best time in the 800 meter (1:55.51) was the best time a Beaver has posted in 20 years.
“Eric has the ability to run with the best in the conference. He certainly proved that last year but if everything falls into place Eric could surprise a lot of people and bring home a conference title before he graduates,” Stevenson said.
Two distance runners to keep an eye on are Aditya Bhagavathi and Michael Ignatowich. Both will compete mostly in the 1500 meter and 5000 meter races. Last year each of them posted times that were among the 10 best ever in Caltech lore. Ignatowich is also going to compete in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
In field events both Ben Grabowski and William Hoza have the chance to be point scorers by the time the league championships role around. Grabowski is the school record holder in the javelin while Hoza has the seventh best jump in school history.
“I am really curious to see how Ben and Will progress,” Stevenson said. “If they continue to work hard and focus on the task at hand they both could earn all-conference honors.”