CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 29, 2019) – Senior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) and the Caltech women's track and field team concluded the 2019 SCIAC Championships on a few personal high notes following a successful, record-setting first day. Thanks to the performance of the senior and others, the Beavers concluded this year's championship meet having scored five more points than in the previous year.
Marasigan, who qualified for Sunday' 800m finals with a 2:22.21 preliminary time on Saturday, came within tenths of a second away from matching her record time on Sunday with a seventh-place 2:22.46. The senior exceeded expectations, coming into the meet seeded 10th among 23 competitors and seeded eighth heading into the finals before finishing her SCIAC track & field career with two of the fastest 800 times in Caltech history. Marasigan was not the only Beaver to make noise at SCIAC's, however. Sophomore Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) came within a second away from matching her preliminary time with a 65.73 final time in the 400m hurdles, but still took home a fourth-place finish after qualifying on Saturday as the second-fastest member of her class. Griffith and Marasigan also teamed up with senior Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) and sophomore Sirisha Gudavalli (Boulder, Colo. / Fairview) to help deliver the fastest 4x400 relay time for the women in 2019 (4:18.98).
Junior Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon), senior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) and freshman Antonia Liu (Tenafly, N.J. / Bergen County Academies) all competed in the discus with Lauinger registering her best throw since achieving a PR at the Oxy Distance Carnival back in March (31.45m) and Goyal hitting 19.52 in her last time competing in the event. Both Lauinger and Goyal also threw for Caltech in the shot put, with Lauinger hitting 8.82m and Goyal reaching 6.50m. Lauinger had already accrued the third-best hammer throw in Caltech history on Saturday's first day of competition.
Head Coach Ben Raphelson and a select few Beavers will continue to train over the next few weeks to compete in at the Oxy Last Chance Invitational with an eye toward more significant personal bests or program Top-10 marks.