SAN DIEGO (Mar. 26, 2016) – Freshman Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) recorded personal bests in all three events in which she competed and the majority of the Caltech track & field team posted season-best marks at the Pt. Loma Nazarene University Invitational on Saturday.
"This was probably our best collective meet of the season, top to bottom," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "Hopefully I can say that every week from here on out."
Goyal added over a foot to her best shot put mark to reach 23 feet, six and one-quarter inches and threw the discus an additional four feet to clear 52 feet, one inch, then lowered her fastest wind-unaided time in the 100-meter dash by .36 (17.78).
Junior Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) also enjoyed a pair of highlights in the horizontal jumps, tying her career-best mark (seventh on the all-time Top 10 list) in the triple jump and adding nearly a foot to her long jump distance, touching down at 14 feet, one and one-quarter inch – just four inches shy of that Top 10 list as well.
Several runners on the men's side made gains across four events. Freshman Rohan Doshi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) shaved almost four second to clock a 2:02.43 in the 800m, while sophomore Chris Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) crossed the line a full four seconds quicker than his previous best in 2:25.18. Senior Kevin Yei (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) trimmed half a second from his 200m time for a 24.91 and sophomore Alex Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) chopped a whopping 1.5 seconds from 400m time just two weeks prior, finishing in 55.80.
Senior Elliot Simon (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson), freshman Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math & Science) and sophomore Gene Vaughan (Mission, Texas / Sharyland) showed well in the 1,500m. Simon shaved five seconds (4:46.57) from his season best as Hashe (4:47.62) and Vaughan (4:53.32) each ran their first of the season, with Vaughan overcoming some late breathing difficulty to nearly tie his career best. In the men's field events, senior Anup Kishore (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) continued his comeback from injury with a solid improvement in the triple jump, coming within one meter of his personal best. Senior Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) focused on modifications to his technique and still managed to come within a fair distance of his season best marks in each throwing event, possibly setting himself up for big gains in the coming weeks.
"The team fit in a great training stint over break and everyone is highly motivated to continue building momentum into SCIACs," Raphelson said.
Raphelson and the Beavers head to Claremont for their second SCIAC Multi-Dual, where they will score against host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Cal Lutheran University, on Saturday, Apr. 2.