LA VERNE, Calif. (Mar. 30, 2018) – Caltech track & field returned to SCIAC multi-duals and took another step forward with a team victory over Chapman University on Saturday at the University of La Verne. Both the men's and women's teams defeated the Panthers by at least 20 points, marking the second consecutive year the women have accomplished the feat and fourth for the men. Both teams also turned in competitive showings against La Verne, Occidental College and the University of Redlands.
The Beavers particularly excelled in distance amidst warmer conditions with sophomore Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) winning the men's 5000m race and freshman Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) (18:45.78) finishing as the runner-up in the women's 5000m race. Moore's overall victory (15:37.97) is the team's first for an individual in a SCIAC multi-dual this year. Freshmen Spencer Morgenfeld (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto) and Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton) both debuted in the 3000m Steeplechase and acquitted themselves well with the latter finding a place on the women's top-10 list (12:50.72). In the middle distance events, Michael Brown (New Orleans, La. / Isidore Newman) crossed the finish line in fourth place in the men's 800m in 1:58.65, good for a new top time. Junior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) also placed fourth in a competitive 800m field. She was followed across the line by freshman Krystal Brodsky (Redmond, Wash. / Bellevue College) whose new best time in the 800 (2:28.87) moved her up to seventh on the top-10 list. Sophomore Skye Reese (Concord, N.H. / Concord), also turned in a notable career-best in the 5000m despite the hot conditions, finishing in 20:33.37, a 16-second career-best.
Caltech also got a big boost from its throwers thanks to several top marks. Two of the new top marks came courtesy of sophomore Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon), who first yielded a 31.04m hammer throw before also setting a new best in the javelin (29.03) where she took fifth place. She nearly added a career-best in the discus as well, finishing with a best throw of 29.01. Senior Zane Murphy (Wilmington, Del. / Tampa Prep) launched multiple career-best throws in the hammer throw, improving his best mark coming into the day by over five meters. Junior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) had a strong series of throws in both hammer and discus, finishing just off career-bests in each event.
With the windy conditions of earlier in March having finally subsided, freshman sprinter Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) secured a new wind-legal top-time in the women's 100m dash, running 13.31 into a strong headwind. She also recorded a strong time in the 100m hurdles, running into an even stronger headwind. She followed those efforts with a stellar 400m hurdle debut, crossing the finish line in 1:05.58 to finish third among participating runners, just two seconds behind the defending conference champion. Her time also ranks her second in the Caltech record books behind Karen Close '83, a former SCIAC and NAIA champion. Freshman Maquelle Tiffany (Los Alamitos, Calif. / Los Alamitos), meanwhile pulled in a new top time in the 200m dash (30.01) as did fellow freshman Netra Ravishankar (Fremont, Calif. / American), who crossed the line in 28:53. Back on the men's side, sophomore Alex Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West) set a new best time in the 400m dash (56.42). The men's 4x400 relay team, led by Lettenberger's strong anchoring run down the stretch and strong runs from Earney, senior Alexander Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) and freshman Tiger Lu (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi) helped push Caltech past Chapman to earn the team some extra points. The women's 4x400 quartet of Ravishankar, Marasigan, Brodsky and freshman Johanna Karras (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) also put forth a competitive race, coming within one second of potentially taking more points from the Panthers.
Head Coach Ben Raphelson and the Beavers will begin the month of April at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite next Saturday.