LOS ANGELES (Mar. 5, 2016) – Caltech men's track & field defeated Chapman University for the second straight year and freshman Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) made it onto another women's top-10 list in the SCIAC Multi-Dual #1 on Saturday.
Marasigan timed in at 2:32.02 in the 800-meter run to rank ninth in program history, less than a second out of eighth. Senior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) also moved up a spot on the hammer list, placing fourth with a hurl of 133 feet, 11 inches.
The men's squad posted a 62-46 victory over Chapman, thanks in large part to Hill's contributions in the throws – he also threw the discus a career-best 93 feet, three inches – and senior Anup Kishore (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley), who continued his comeback from injury with scoring performances in the long jump, triple jump, discus and javelin.
"Every individual was willing to do whatever the team needed of them," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "We are excited about the direction the program is headed this year and into the future."
Other highlights included senior Edward Garza (Corpus Christi, Texas / King) trimming .19 in only his second career 200-meter dash, sophomore Alex Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) bettering last year's marks in the 200m (-.25) and pole vault (by six inches) and freshman Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) dropping seven seconds in the 1500m (4:14.36) despite a slow, tactical first lap. Freshman Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) had a breakthrough day as well, beating her previous best in the discus by three meters on the first throw and adding about one meter each successive attempt, with a final of 48 feet, one inch.
Freshmen Joey Hong (Milpitas, Calif. / King's Acad.) and Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math & Science) recorded impressive 5k times of 17:01.14 and 18:42.76, respectively, while junior Lilly Luo (Belle Mead, N.J. / Montgomery) continued her steady progression in the distance events with a 21:49.45.
Senior Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) got his 400m back down to 57.24 while junior Teddy Hu (Qingdao, China / Qingdao No. 2) shaved over a second to clock a 1:03.80. Sophomore Chris Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) pushed through a tough double to time in at 4:45.96 in the 1500m and 2:29.41 in the 800m.
Raphelson and the Beavers will participate in the Occidental Distance Carnival/Sprints Festival on Friday, Mar. 11.