CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2015) – Junior Aditya Bhagavathi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) recorded a top-three time in program history in the 3000-meter run to lead an all-around successful day for the Caltech men's and women's track and field team at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet on Saturday.
"We focused on competing against the high-quality fields across all events and found that brought us solid performances," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said.
Bhagavathi dropped 12 seconds from his previous personal best to clock in at 8:43.28, placing seventh against a deep field that included several key conference competitors. The junior ran wide for a significant portion of the race as he moved up in the field, but overcame the extra distance with a strong finish to come in just three seconds off the program record of 8:40, set by the same runner, Ian Shapiro, whose 8k mark he broke in cross country this past fall.
"Aditya is getting better and better at competing," Raphelson said. "He had work to do early to make his way through the crowded field, but he stayed calm and executed a great race. He mixed it up with some highly accomplished runners and showed that he's a force to be reckoned with in the conference."
Junior Alex Anemogiannis (Atlanta, Ga. / Marist School) joined Bhagavathi in the 3000m for his first track race in nearly two years after dealing with an injury and also posted a career-best time. Senior Jared Forte (Lake Elsinore, Calif. / Elsinore) gave Caltech more reason to celebrate as he contended for the top finish in his heat of the 1000-meter run.
Senior Victor Duan (Darien, Ill. / Illinois Math and Science Acad.) and junior Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) each shaved .22 and freshman Alec Ho (Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River) dropped .13 off their 100-meter dash times and even more in their 200-meter dashes from the Caltech All-Comers meet two weeks prior. Duan chopped off over a full second in the 200m, posting a 24.77, while Yei and Ho trimmed another .63 and .47, respectively.
On the women's side, sophomore Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) and freshman Serena Delgadillo (Denton, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) improved in both sprint events as well. Chen recorded perhaps the best performance of the day with more than a full-second drop from her time at the Caltech All-Comers meet two weeks prior in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 31.28 while Delgadillo shaved .66 off her time to just miss breaking the 30-second barrier. Delgadillo cut another .32 from her 100-meter dash time while Chen dropped .07.
"Our sprint squad showed consistent gains over their marks from two weeks ago," Raphelson said. "As coaches, we didn't have to say much to them after each race. They've developed a solid technical awareness and already knew what they need to work on. That should lead to some very productive practices."
Freshmen Caroline Atyeo (Parkland, Fla. / Marjory Stoneman Douglas) and Christopher Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) rounded out the running events in the 1000-meter and mile runs, timing in at 3:14.43 and 5:29.31, respectively.
In the field events, junior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) placed fifth in the hammer with a throw of 118 feet, five inches while Delgadillo improved by .18 meters in the long jump, clearing 4.05 meters, and Chen leaped .04m further.
Raphelson and the Beavers will head back to Claremont for the Rossi Relays on Saturday, Feb. 28.