Forte Caps Trio of Big Performances at Oxy Invite

Forte Caps Trio of Big Performances at Oxy Invite

LOS ANGELES (May 9, 2015) – Senior Jared Forte (Lake Elsinore, Calif. / Elsinore) capped another impressive showing for the Caltech track and field teams with a big time drop against some of the top competition in the nation in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Occidental Invitational on Saturday.

Facing competitors from Division I programs including UCLA, BYU and Rice, Division II standouts UCSD and Azusa Pacific and a litany of Division III and unattached stars, several Beavers continued to challenge program records in the penultimate meet of the season.

Senior Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.) kicked off the event for Caltech in the pole vault, setting a new career-high mark of nine feet, 10 inches to tie for third on the program's all-time list.  She now sits just two inches shy of the top mark, which she threatened to break immediately with three excellent efforts at a height of 10 feet, four inches.  Senior Stephanie Reynolds (Tallahassee, Fla. / Lawton Chiles) made a bid at the program's 1,500-meter run record of 4:48 as she took out her race on pace through the first three laps before tiring down the stretch.  Senior Eric Martin (The Woodlands, Texas / College Park) and newly crowned SCIAC 5,000-meter champion junior Aditya Bhagavathi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) also made early charges at program records in the 800-meter run and 5000m, but both were unable to hold pace late in their races.  Forte closed out the day with a blazing final lap to record a 12-second time drop in just his third career steeplechase, solidifying his position of fourth on the program list.

"There were a number of valiant efforts out there. Everyone went for stellar performances," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said.  "Bridget and Jared achieved them, but the effort was there for everyone."

Raphelson and the Beavers will close out the season at the two-day Redlands Last Chance Invitational next Friday and Saturday, May 15-16.




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