Posted: Mar 02, 2015
CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2015) – Several members of the Caltech men's and women's track and field teams enjoyed season-best performances at the 19th Rossi Relays on Saturday.
"We continue to improve each week across the board," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "We're setting ourselves up for some very strong performances in the coming weeks."
Freshman Serena Delgadillo (Denton, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) led the way with yet another major improvement in the hammer throw, reaching 89 feet to rank third in program history. On the men's side, senior Victor Duan (Darien, Ill. / Illinois Math and Science Acad.) and junior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) also had successful days, with Duan breaking the 12-second barrier in the 100-meter dash earlier than in any year prior, while Hill threw the hammer 120 feet, seven inches, to come within less than two meters of his career best.
Delgadillo also trimmed a bit off her 100m time, clocking a 14.41, while sophomore Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) nearly edged under the 15-second mark with a 15.04 and really impressed with a big long jump performance, clearing 4.04 meters. Freshman Alec Ho (Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River) dropped .17 in the 100m as well, while classmate Daniel Gawerc (Houston, Texas / Memorial) debuted in the event at 13.02.
The men also put together a trio of relays, with each running for the first time this spring. The 4x400-meter had the best finish, beating out SCIAC rivals Chapman University, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Cal Lutheran University with a 3:42.36, while the 4x100m clocked a 48.56 and the 4x800m finished in 9:09.00.
Raphelson and the Beavers will compete in their first SCIAC meet of the season at the University of La Verne on Saturday, Mar. 7, where they will square of against Cal Lu, Chapman, Pomona-Pitzer and the host Leopards.