LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Mar. 13, 2015) – Junior Aditya Bhagavathi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) moved up a position on the program's all-time list in the 1500-meter run as the Caltech track and field team continued to improve at the Oxy Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic on Friday.
Bhagavathi shaved a second off his personal best to get under the four-minute mark and post a 3:59.41 for the fifth-best time in program history, just over a second out of third on the all-time list, placing 14th overall and second among SCIAC competitors.
"Aditya ran tough in an impressive field," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "His hard work and dedication continues to pay off."
The rest of the men's side had a successful day as well. Senior Victor Duan (Darien, Ill. / Illinois Math and Science Acad.) shaved off 0.14 in the 100-meter dash to record a career-best 11.75, while freshmen Alec Ho (Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River) and Alex Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) chopped 0.39 and 0.31 to post a 12.05 and 12.29, respectively. The 4x100 relay team of Ho, Duan, junior Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) and Bourzutschky really made some noise with a near-two-second drop, recording a 47.14.
"The sprinters took advantage of some perfect conditions to post some great marks," Raphelson said. "I'm especially happy to see our 4x100 improve by such a margin."
Seniors Jared Forte (Lake Elsinore, Calif. / Elsinore) and Juan Adame (Sylmar, Calif. / Sylmar Math, Science and Tech.) also showed well in the evening 5000-meter run, while freshman Christopher Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) came in under five minutes in the 1500m at 4:57.46. Senior Ben Grabowski (Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Inglemoor) reach a season-high mark in the javelin, clearing 140 feet, 5 inches, and junior Anup Kishore debuted with a nine-foot, 11-inch pole vault.
Senior Stephanie Reynolds (Tallahassee, Fla. / Lawton Chiles), in her return from injury, dominated her heat in posting a 5:05.65 in the 1500m, while sophomore Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) impressed again in the 100m, cutting .09 to record a 14.95, and the triple jump (29 feet, five inches).
"This was a big collective step forward," Raphelson said. "As we put illness and finals behind us, I think we're primed for a big jump in performance."
Raphelson sand the Beavers will compete at their second SCIAC Multi-Dual in two weeks at Occidental College on Saturday, Mar. 28.