CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 27, 2019) – Sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) led the way for the Caltech men's track and field team on the first day of the 2019 SCIAC Championships, qualifying for Sunday's 1500 finals.
Earney took fifth place in his heat with a 4:06.48, missing his season-best time by just over half-a-second. The sophomore got off to a blazing start, holding as much as a two-second lead on the competition with just over 500 meters to go. Earney fell back a bit heading into the final stretch but saved face with his finish and will now have an opportunity to score for the men's team on Sunday. Classmate Haoyuan Sun (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech.) also competed in the 1500 and PR'd by one-and-a-half seconds (4:40.45).
Junior Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) debuted in the 10000m run, coming in at 33:18.80 to take fourth-place on the Caltech top-10. Moore's best time is three seconds off of senior teammate Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista)'s time from 2017. Choudhury, who competed in the same race (34:04.22), received the Dixon Farmer Character Award from the SCIAC earlier in the day and has now received character awards in both cross country and track & field. Senior Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) rounded out the Beavers in the 10000, debuting with a 36:23.19. Sophomore Spencer Morgenfeld (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto), meanwhile had a strong showing in the 3000 Steeplechase, making a 10-second improvement to his season-best time (10:12.30) and finishing 13th out of 23 competitors.
Caltech had three runners compete in the 800, yielding a pair of PR's. Freshman Kellen Rodriguez (Fairmont, Minn. / Fairmont) led with a personal-best 2:03.14 and was followed by junior Tiger Lu (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi)'s 2:04.86 and freshman August Chen (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond)'s personal-best 2:31.01, a five-second improvement. Senior captain Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) led the Beavers in the 400m dash with a 52.05 and junior Harvey Scriven (London, England / Winchester College) PR'd in the 200m dash with a 23.57. Freshman Jerome Seebeck (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton College Prep) made his SCIAC debut in the 400 hurdles and took 13th with a 59.64, while sophomore Vaibhav Anand (Northbrook, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) picked up a new PR in the 100m dash (13.00). Sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) led the Beavers in throwing events, competing in both the hammer throw and javelin.
Head Coach Ben Raphelson and the Beavers will return to the track for tomorrow's finals and will have representation across six different men's events.