WHITTIER, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2015) – Freshman Serena Delgadillo (Denton, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) climbed further up the program's record board in the hammer throw, now ranking fifth in Caltech track and field history as the Beavers throwers competed in the Second Annual Alyssa Sialaris Memorial Meet at Whittier College on Saturday.
The meet honors the memory of former Whittier dual-sport athlete Alyssa Sialaris, who passed away suddenly on Apr. 6, 2013 in her off-campus apartment. Sialaris was a standout track and field performer in particular, winning both the discus and hammer throw and placing second in the shot put and javelin at the 2012 SCIAC Championships.
"With just the throwing events contested, the meet has a unique format designed to honor Alyssa Sialaris," Head Coach Ben Raphelson explained. "We were happy to take part in it."
Delgadillo improved on her collegiate debut just last week by a whopping 26 feet, hurling the hammer 79 feet, eight inches. She already sits just six feet shy of fourth place on the program all-time Top 10 list.
Junior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) also improved on his distance from last week's season opener, tossing 119 feet, six inches – just seven feet off his personal best, which ranks fifth all-time. Freshman Daniel Gawerc (Houston, Texas / Memorial) competed in the javelin for the first time, notching a mark of 69 feet, five inches. Sophomore Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) tried her hand at the javelin as well, clearing 41 feet, four inches.
"Morgan is still just scratching the surface of his potential, but he did a great job today of replicating what he's been able to do so far in practice," Raphelson said. "It was good to see Daniel and Lucy compete for the first time too – they focused primarily on technique today, but will look to add distance every week."
Raphelson and the Beavers will next compete at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet on Saturday, Feb. 21.