Apr 27, 2018
PASADENA, Calif. (Apr. 26, 2018) – The Caltech men's and women's track & field teams will look to continue their momentum in the SCIAC Championships, hosted by the University of Redlands, this weekend.
Following a slew of program Top-10 times and impressive showings, both from team and individual perspectives, the Beavers are targeting their best SCIAC showing in recent memory.
Friday will feature several field events, the 10000m, 3000m steeplechase and preliminary heats in the running events (1500m and under) to select finalists to fill the fields for Saturday's finals. In the 800m and under distances, nine finalists will advance, while 12 will advance in the 1500m. In the field events, nine competitors will advance to finals. In all events, the top eight finishers score points for their team.
Standout rookie Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) more or less had her choice of events, as she appeared on four SCIAC Top-12 times lists this spring, but will concentrate her efforts on the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Griffith enters the meet seeded 11th in the 100h but will be eying the podium in the 400h, where she is seeded fourth and ranks 32nd in the country with a program-record 1:03.87 set last meet.
Junior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) is another Beaver to watch as the team's lone returning scorer from last season, when she placed seventh in the 800-meter run. She enters this year seeded ninth, having already run a personal-best time by more than one second (2:24.92). Freshman Krystal Brodsky (Redmond, Wash. / Bellevue Coll.) will also compete in the 800m and enters not far off Marasigan's seed time from 2017 in 13th. Another returner, sophomore Skye Reese (Concord, N.H. / Concord), will have an opportunity to make an impact as part of the 14-woman 10000m field in which she is seeded seventh.
Cross country star freshman duo Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) and Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton) also are well positioned to score. Hu ranks eighth among 5,000-meter run competitors and tops among first-years after breaking a 29-year old program record more than a month ago, while Crotteau enters in the ninth spot in a less predictable steeplechase field with a time that ranks fourth on the program Top-10 list after debuting in the event less than a month ago.
The team's pair of throwers, junior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) and sophomore Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon), will be the Beavers' only field competitors. Lauinger has a solid chance to better her top place of 12th in last year's meet as the ninth seed in this year's javelin throw, having already added nearly 20 feet to place sixth on the Top-10 list. She also ranks 14th in the discus and 15th in the hammer.
The Beavers' young distance core again appears poised to lead the way at this year's meet. Freshman Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) tops the squad as the ninth seed in the 1500m run. Classmate Michael Brown (New Orleans, La. / Isidore Newman) is not far behind at 12th overall in the 800m, an event in which he shaved over a second to crack the program Top-10 list last week at eighth all-time. Cross country standout sophomore Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) will also contend for a finals spot in the 1500m as the 10th seed.
Junior Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Canyon Crest Acad.) placed 10th in the 10k last year but this season will compete in a massive 57-man 5000m field, one in which sophomore Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) is seeded within striking distance at 15th with a 15:32.72 that has him ranked eighth on the program Top-10 list. Additionally, rookie Spencer Morgenfeld (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto) enters ranked 16th in the 3000m steeplechase just weeks after setting a near 20-second PR at the final Multi-Dual of the season.
In the field events, senior Zane Murphy (Wilmington, Del. / Tampa Prep) boasts top billing with a 15-seed in the hammer throw, an event in which he has experienced a significant breakout this spring. He and freshman Daniel Rostovstev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) also rank in the top 20 in the javelin and will compete in the discus as well. Meanwhile, senior Alexander Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) and sophomore Alex Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West) will represent Caltech in the pole vault, where they have each added height this spring and rank 18th and 19th, respectively. The Beavers will conclude the competition with the men's and women's 4x400m relay where both teams are ranked eighth.
Head Coach Ben Raphelson and the Beavers begin the Championships in Redlands on Friday, Apr. 27 at 4 p.m. In addition to preliminary heats in the running events, the day will feature finals in the men's hammer, women's shot put and both genders contesting finals in the discus, pole vault, steeplechase and 10,000m.