PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015) – Freshman Serena Delgadillo (Denton, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) made her collegiate debut in style, cracking the Caltech top-10 all-time in the hammer throw as the men's and women's track and field teams opened the season hosting the annual All-Comers Meet on Saturday.
"It was exciting to begin our competitive season today on our home track," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "As expected, we saw great efforts and support throughout the day."
Although primarily a sprinter in high school, Delgadillo hurled the hammer 53 feet, two inches to rank eighth in program history. She also competed in the 200-meter dash and long jump along with sophomore Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes). Freshman Caroline Atyeo (Parkland, Fla. / Marjory Stoneman Douglas) also impressed in the first race of the day, the 1,500-meter run, placing second among five runners with a 5:23.92.
On the men's side, junior Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) enjoyed perhaps the best race of the day in the 200, clocking a 25.84 that was a full second faster than his season-opening time last year. Senior Victor Duan (Darien, Ill. / Illinois Math and Science Acad.) also started the 2015 season faster than last, coming in .15 quicker with a 12.27 that was also just .45 off his time from the SCIAC Championships.
Freshman Daniel Gawerc (Houston, Texas / Memorial) debuted with a respectable 25.78 in the 200, finishing just .32 back of Duan for fourth place, while classmate Alec Ho (Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River) was right behind the trio of Duan, Gawerc and Yei at 25.86. Ho also ran a 12.74 in the 100-meter dash while Yei clocked a 12.69. Senior Jared Forte (Lake Elsinore, Calif. / Elsinore) ran the 1,500 just six seconds off his time at the SCIAC Championships, while junior Aditya Bhagavathi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) came in at 4:13.21, which was 13 seconds off his personal best. Freshmen John McDaniel (Weston, Mass. / The Rivers School) and Christopher Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) recorded times of 10:23.82 and 10:40.95, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run.
"This is a promising start to the season," Raphelson said. "Across the board, athletes took away a few positives on the day along with some things to work on. The small field sizes let them focus on executing in their first competition of the season. I'm confident we'll see big improvements with bigger competition down the road."
A number of alumni also participated in the meet, including graduate assistant Michael Ignatowich and current women's basketball assistant coach Sarah Wright. Assistant coach Caleb Weidert and even Raphelson took part in an event each.
"It was a lot of fun to have alumni take part in the competition too," Raphelson said. "The coaches even got involved in a few events. Overall, it was a very fun start to the season."
Raphelson and the Beavers will continue their season with the Alyssa Sialaris Memorial Throws meet in Whittier, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 14 and the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet on Saturday, Feb. 21.