Lauinger Continues Hot Start to Collegiate Career

Lauinger Continues Hot Start to Collegiate Career
SAN DIEGO (Mar. 25, 2017) – Freshman Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) moved up and cracked another Caltech track & field Top-10 list in only her second collegiate meet at the Pt. Loma Nazarene University Invite on Saturday.

Lauinger cleared 85 feet in the discus to improve one place on the program's all-time list, now ranking eighth, and made some noise with a hammer throw debut that nearly reached 75 feet to slot into sixth.  Sophomore Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) joined Lauinger with her second Top-10 performance as well, following up her 1500-meter run debut (seventh all-time) last meet with a ninth-place ranking in her first 800m at 2:30.67.

"We continue to get better each meet," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said.  "We're really happy with the momentum we're building."

Rookie Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech) was one of several other Beavers to record personal-best times in the track events, clocking his first sub-23-second 200m with a 22.88 which would have placed 13th at last year's SCIAC Championships.  Classmate Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) shaved three seconds in the 800m to post a 2:01.44 while freshman Bhairav Chidambaram (San Diego, Calif. / Canyon Crest Acad.) chopped off a whopping nine seconds in the 1500m.  Sophomore Ben Calvin (Shawnee, Kan. / Shawnee Mission Northwest) dropped 2.5 seconds in his 400m hurdles while freshman Damien Bérubé (Montreal, Canada / John Abbott Coll.) and junior Alex Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West) trimmed .99 and .11 in their respective 200m races.  Junior Chris Haack (New York, N.Y. / The Browning School) ran a three-second career-best in the 800m and sophomore Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) dropped almost 20 seconds in his second 5k of the season, putting him within 17 seconds of his PR at last year's Championships.  Freshman Tim Krasnoperov (Pasadena, Calif. / Polytechnic) was not far off several PRs as he placed well across the board, finishing fourth in the discus (second among SCIAC throwers) and eighth in the hammer  

"We ran great in the 200m," Raphelson said.  "Alex and Jesse were justifiably pleased with their time-drops, but the significance of Damien's improvement was pretty surprising; dropping a full second just doesn't happen in that race."

Raphelson and the Beavers will enjoy one more week of practice over Spring Break before returning to SCIAC competition with their second Multi-Dual of the season in Redlands on Saturday, Apr. 1.




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