CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019) – The Caltech men's track & field team put together a sound all-around team showing at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet on Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers had an especially big day in the 3000m run. Freshman Gaurav Phanse (Fremont, Calif. / Dublin) led Caltech with a 15th-place finish, crossing the line in 8:47.57 to achieve an all-time best mark to begin his Division III career. Phanse's time is also good for fourth-best on the top-10 3k list. Junior Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) tailed Gaurav in 18th with an 8:50.27 for an all-time mark of his own and now sits at sixth on that list. Both runners finished second and third among SCIAC competitors. Senior Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) also competed in the 3k and picked up a 9:10.89 for an improvement on last year's top time. Sophomore Haoyuan Sun (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech.) achieved a new PR in the mile (5:29.85) and junior Tiger Lu (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi) narrowly missed out on a new PR. Freshman Kellen Rodriguez (Fairmont, Minn. / Fairmont) broke five minutes for the first time ever.
"Our 3k runners got to showcase their hard work and mixed it up in a competitive field," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "It's a promising start to the season for them and we're looking forward to seeing how they progress."
Freshman Peter Kulits (Everett, Wash. / King's) led the way for Caltech in the speed/power events. Kulits earned a second-place finish in the triple jump with his 13.69m mark. If the jump had not received a sizable assist from the wind, it would be good for second on Caltech's all-time triple jump list, behind David Gates' mark in 1985.
"There are some key things for Peter to continue working on in order for him to reach his potential," Raphelson said. "Saturday was a promising indication that he can compete very well at this level when executing properly."
Additionally, sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) stood out in the throwing events with a new PR in the hammer throw, clearing 100 feet for the first time (30.54m). The sophomore then went on to improve from last year's javelin throw at the same competition (30.59m). Lastly, freshman Jerome Seebeck (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton College Prep) rounded out the SCIAC's top-5 sprinters in the 200m dash and improved from his performance at the Mountain T's Invitational two weeks ago (22.95). Junior Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) competed in the same event and crossed the line in 23.36.
Raphelson and the Beavers will next turn their attention towards next weekend's Rossi Relays, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday Feb. 23.