SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Apr. 25, 2015) – Senior Eric Martin (The Woodlands, Texas / College Park) continued his incredible return from injury with another big time drop in the 800-meter run to record the fifth-fastest in the SCIAC this season as the Caltech track and field teams competed at the Triton Invitational on Saturday in their final tune-up ahead of this weekend's SCIAC Championships.
Martin shaved nearly three seconds off last week's surprisingly quick time considering his five-month injury layoff, clocking a 1:54.68 to place 15th in the deep 84-man field. The senior beat out two of the runners who have posted faster times earlier in the season, including the SCIAC leader, in unusually windy and rainy conditions.
"Eric has worked extremely hard in his comeback from injury," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "He has showed tremendous perseverance in what hasn't been an ideal senior season to this point, and has put himself in a position to achieve something meaningful."
Senior Stephanie Reynolds (Tallahassee, Fla. / Lawton Chiles) also recorded a season-best time on the women's side in the 1500-meter run. She finished in 4:58.86, just .05 off her top time last season and her second sub five-minute race of the year - to place 45th among 88 runners.
Several other Beavers enjoyed solid days as well. Senior Jared Forte (Lake Elsinore, Calif. / Elsinore) ran onto the SCIAC Top-20 list with a 1:58.87 in his debut the 800m, placing 44th as he dominated his heat, while junior Elliot Simon (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson) chopped two seconds off his personal best in the 1500m. In the field events, sophomore Jordan Bonilla (Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay) just edged out his season-high mark in the discus, hurling 79 feet, five inches.
"Our training and competitions to this point have been about preparing to be at our best at the SCIAC Championships," Raphelson said. "We're confident in our preparation and hope to produce our best efforts this weekend."
Raphelson and the Beavers will gear up for the SCIAC Championships hosted at Occidental College on Friday and Saturday, May 1-2.