CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 4, 2015) – The Caltech track and field teams continued their upward momentum this spring with another handful of personal-best marks and some other noteworthy performances at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday.
Junior Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) broke through in the 200-meter dash, trimming .36 off his time to record a 24.36 and place 67th in the large field. Senior Victor Duan (Darien, Ill. / Illinois Math and Science Acad.) sprinted his way to 55th place in the 100-meter dash as well. Freshman Christopher Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) shaved six full seconds in the 800-meter run while senior Jared Forte (Lake Elsinore, Calif. / Elsinore) dropped five in the 1500-meter run, clocking a 4:13.36.
The Beavers placed well in the field events, led by senior Ben Grabowski (Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Inglemoor), who recorded Caltech's best place of the day as he finished eighth in the javelin and fifth among SCIAC competitors. Junior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) had a successful hammer throw as well, coming within five feet of his personal best mark to place 17th.
Senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.) came in 10th in the javelin – just eight feet behind a pack of three others – and ranked second among SCIAC foes. Senior Stephanie Reynolds (Tallahassee, Fla. / Lawton Chiles) capped the day's big performances, chopping off over six seconds in the 1500—meter run to get under the five-minute mark for the first time this season at 4:59.24, good for 37th place in the deep 87-runner field and eighth among SCIAC participants.
"We used this weekend as preparation for our final SCIAC dual meet of the season next week," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "Those who competed were working on different technical elements in their respective events. We have a good idea of what we need to focus on in practice leading up to next weekend."
Raphelson and the Beavers will head to Claremont, Calif. for their final SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season on Saturday, Apr. 11.