Posted: Jul 10, 2018
PASADENA (July 10, 2018) – The Caltech men's and women's cross country teams have unveiled their joint schedule for the 2018 fall season.
The Beavers open the season with their usual appearance at the University of Redlands Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 1. Rather than compete at the traditional 6k and 8k distance, the women will compete in the 4.5k run while the men compete in the 6k. Last year, both teams enjoyed a promising start to their respective seasons, with the women finishing fourth amidst a six-team field with freshmen Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Payton) and Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) leading the way.
Last year, the Beavers competed in Riverside where their momentum mounted thanks to the first same-day pair of sub-23 minute 6k times in the history of the women's program courtesy of Crotteau and Hu, while sophomores Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) and Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) led the way on the men's side. The Beavers will return to Riverside on Sept. 15 for an early 7:45 a.m. start time and also return to The Mustang Challenge hosted by The Master's University on Sept. 29 after a three-year absence, where they will get to test themselves on the challenging course against a variety of teams from all divisions. The cross country team will return on Oct. 6 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite, moved up by one week from the time of last year's race, on a course very familiar to Raphelson and his team. Last year's teams found great success in Claremont with both beating out four SCIAC schools apiece while posting nearly a dozen new personal bests between the two squads.
The Pomona-Pitzer Invite will be the squad's final regular-season meet before heading to Chino on Saturday, Oct. 27 for the 2018 SCIAC Championships. Last year's championship race yielded strong results for both teams, with the men and women matching their sixth-place finishes from 2016 while improving on their cumulative scores from that same season. Claire Hu had the big day for the women, placing 13th overall to earn Second-Team All-SCIAC honors.
The NCAA West Regional Championships will be contested two weeks later in Walla Walla, Wash. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. The men's team, which finished among the top 10 teams at last year's regional championships for the first time ever, will look for an even better result this year while Ricci and Hu will be looking to repeat as all-region runners. Qualification for the following weekend's NCAA Championships (hosted by University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Nov. 17) will also be on the line.
*Scheduled dates, times and location are subject to change; please check GoCaltech.com for the most up-to-date information. All times Pacific Time.