LOS ANGELES (Mar. 9, 2019) – The Caltech men's track & field team competed at the Oxy Distance Carnival over the weekend and used the experience as an opportunity to make the adjustments needed to post some season-best times.
"We had several exciting marks across a variety of events," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "I'm confident we'll be able to build off of today as we head into the last half of the season."
Every Caltech competitor in the 400 set a season-best mark. Junior captain Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) ran to a 32nd-place 51.95 in a field consisting of representatives of schools across all three NCAA Divisions. Freshman Shri Deshmukh (Montgomery, N.J. / Montgomery) followed Cai with a 53.17, and Harvey Scriven (London, England / Winchester College) posted a 53.91, dropping his time from last weekend's 400 by over a second. Junior Tiger Lu (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi) also competed in the 800, where he grinded out a 2:03.48 and just three-tenths of a second away from topping last week's time.
The Beavers also had success in the distance and middle-distance events. Sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) ran a 4:07.88 in the 1500 and clocked in at nearly five seconds faster than he did at last year's event. Additionally, classmate Spencer Morgenfeld (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto) made his return to the track in the same event following an injury layoff to begin the year. Junior captain Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) and freshman Gaurav Phanse (Fremont, Calif. / Dublin) then made successful debuts in the 5000. Phanse rounded out the top-40 with a 15:02.04 and now appears third in the Caltech Top-10. Ricci broke onto the list himself thanks to a 15:24.82 and now occupies sixth on the same list. Sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) also competed in the hammer throw.
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.