LA VERNE, Calif. (Mar. 6, 2015) – The sprinters for both the Caltech men's and women's track and field teams enjoyed several season-best times in the 200-meter dash in the first SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season.
The Beavers squared off against the host University of La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, dropping both matchups on each side. Blistering hot temperatures and lingering illnesses depressed a number of times, but Caltech enjoyed some notable individual performances as well as a determined 4x100-meter men's relay that beat out La Verne with a 49.08.
"Our effort levels were high despite illness in many cases," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "We're confident we're heading in the right direction."
Senior Victor Duan (Darien, Ill. / Illinois Math and Science Acad.) and freshman Alec Ho (Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River) both chopped off significant time from their last 200m two weeks prior, with Duan running a 24.19 (-.58) and Ho cracking the 25-second barrier with a 24.94 (-.45). Sophomore Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) also shaved time on the women's side, clocking in at 31.16 for a .12 drop. Senior Jared Forte (Lake Elsinore, Calif. / Elsinore) and freshman Caroline Atyeo (Parkland, Fla. / Marjory Stoneman Douglas) also cut three and two seconds, respectively, off their season-opening 1500-meter run times, crossing the finish line in 4:18.20 and 5:22.24.
The meet marked several Beavers' debuts this season, including past SCIAC Championships-scoring seniors Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.) and Ben Grabowski (Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Inglemoor), as well as freshman Alex Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair), who competed in three events in his first-ever meet at any level, even scoring in the pole vault as he cleared seven feet, six inches.
"It was great to have many new faces competing and finally rounding out the squad," Raphelson said.
Raphelson and the Beavers will next take part in the Occidental Distance/Sprints Carnival on Friday, Mar. 13.