CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2018) – The Caltech men's and women's track team had its distance group on full display during Saturday's Rossi Relays, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
The Beavers competed in unusually cold and windy conditions to post strong marks, particularly in the Distance Medley Relay, while the same pairings also competed in the 4x800 Medley Relay. Several other track & field members competed in other events as well to cap an overall successful day for Caltech at CMS.
"Our distance runners don't always get the opportunity to run relays, so this was a fun change of pace for them," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "We were really encouraged by what we saw across all event groups."
The men's distance medley teams had perhaps the strongest day for Caltech. The 'A' team, consisting of sophomore Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago), juniors Michael Brown (New Orleans, La. / Isidore Newman) and Joey Hong (Campbell, Calif. / King's Acad.) and sophomore Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) turned in a third-place finish (10:47.74) and turned in the Beavers' best cumulative time in the event in recent memory. The 'B' team did not trail the quartet by much, as freshmen Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte), sophomore Tiger Lu (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi), freshman Spencer Morgenfeld (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto), and junior Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) in that order came in just seven seconds behind the 'A' team, thus securing a seventh-place finish while defeating the 'A' team from the University of La Verne and Chapman University. The performance speaks to Caltech's distance depth and year-to-year improvement, as boths teams' times are two of the best for the program in recent memory. The women's relay teams also had a nice day, with the 'B' team consisting of freshmen Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton) and Krystal Brodsky (Redmond, Wash. / Bellevue College), sophomore Nicole Feng (Bethany, Conn. / Amity Regional) and freshman Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) defeating 'A' teams from La Verne and California Lutheran University (13:24.77).
All of the distance relay teams also competed in the 4x800 Relay where the women's 'B' team took sixth place while the men's 'A' team ran to a seventh-place finish. Perhaps just as of note, junior Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math & Science), along with sophomore Bhairav Chidambaram (San Diego, Calif. / Canyon Crest Academy) competed in the men's 3000 and both posted personal bests at just the Beavers' second meet of the season. The sophomore Chidambaram clocked in at 9:41.85, while Hashe came in at 10:16.14.
The sprinters also had themselves a positive day in the face of the aforementioned conditions. Freshman Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) topped her fastest 100m dash time by a hundreth of a second, improving on what is the third fastest 100m dash time in school history for the women's team. On the men's side, sophomore Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) had his best 100m dash at last year's Rossi Relays and this year (11.76) came just one fifth of second off of his top time, while sophomore Alex Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West) also competed for Caltech.
The Caltech throwers were also in action on Saturday. Senior Zane Murphy (Wilmington, Del. / Tampa Prep) and freshman Dan Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) posted season-best marks in the javelin throw and hammer throw respectively, as well as the discus. Murphy's discus throw reached 26.26m while Rostovtsev's came in at 24.55m, though both distances should continue to rise as the duo gains more valuable experience this year. Junior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview), meanwhile had herself a season-best discus throw (19.72m), which is two meters off last year's season best (21.65m).
Raphelson and the Beavers will return to the track on Saturday, Mar. 3 at their first SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season, at the University of Redlands but hosted by Caltech.