LOS ANGELES (Mar. 9, 2019) – The Caltech women's track & field team had a big day at Saturday's Oxy Distance Carnival, setting numerous personal bests in a variety of different events, in addition to a new school record from sophomore Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn).
Hu ran a 17:58.33 in a 5,000-meter field that featured teams from across all three NCAA divisions and made a near-six second improvement on the old school record which she set as a rookie. Hu also bettered the gap between her top time and the next-best time by more than 30 seconds. Classmate Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton) made a big improvement in the same event, lowering her top time to 18:49.05. In breaking the 19-minute mark, Crotteau positions herself sixth in the Caltech Top-10.
The Beavers started the day strong with some strong efforts in the discus throw. Junior Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) fit into the top-10 with a personal-best 31.65m toss and freshman Antonia Liu (Tenafly, N.J. / Bergen County Academies) followed up with a sixth-place PR of her own with her 33.06m throw. Liu's throw further established her with the third-best mark in Caltech history, and Lauinger has moved up to fifth on the list since last season. Lauinger, along with senior captain Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview), also picked up strong marks in the hammer throw, with Goyal hitting a 24.40m PR and now sitting at seventh in the Caltech Top-10. Lauinger also competed in the javelin.
The 800m also saw some season-bests for the Beavers. Senior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) and sophomore Sirisha Gudavalli (Boulder, Colo. / Fairview) achieved high points on the season with a 2:27.07 and 2:35.08. Both times are season-bests and Gudavalli's time marked a new PR. Senior Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) made her season debut in the 1500m and ran a 5:13.74, while freshman Jamie Littman (Port Washington, N.Y. / Paul D. Schreiber) had a 12-second season-best (5:37.15). Sophomore Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) also completed a strong run in the 400m, checking in at 1:01.99.
"Today showcased some great progress for the women," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "From the beginning of the day in the discus with Alexa and Antonia smashing some old personal-records to Claire and Molly turning on some great all-time marks, it was a solid day all-around."
Raphelson and the Beavers will have some time to prepare for their next SCIAC Multi-Dual, which they will host on Saturday, Mar. 30 at 9:30 a.m.