RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2018) – The Caltech men's and women's cross country teams continued their 2018 momentum at Saturday's Riverside Invitational.
"We had some strong runs today," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "This meet usually provides the opportunity for fast times, but we took a pretty conservative start and focused on adjusting to the longer distance. Team-wide, I thought we accomplished that pretty well."
Sophomore Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) led the women's team with a 22:24.60 in the 6000m women's invitational, coming within one-tenth of a second of the program record originally set by Sophie Walton at Pomona-Pitzer back in 2016 while also setting a new personal best for herself. Hu placed 77th amongst a 170-woman field consisting of runners from all three NCAA divisions. Classmate Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Payton) finished next for the Beavers at 23:35, followed by rookie Alex Bardon (Boston, Mass. / Winsor School), who ran a strong race in her 6K debut (23:55.7). Junior Skye Reese (Concord, N.H. / Concord) also ran a new career-best as the team's fourth finisher (24:38.9) and freshman Jamie Littman (Port Washington, N.Y. / Paul D. Schreiber) made a successful 6K debut (27:18.1).
The men's team reached a collective milestone in the 8000m men's invitational, running to a decisive new team-average record between its five runners. Junior Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) led the way with a new personal best at 26 minutes and one-half second, improving on his time at last year's Riverside Invitational by 28 seconds. Junior Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) came in nine seconds behind his teammate and also set a new personal best time (26:09.6). Freshman Gaurav Phanse (Fremont, Calif. / Dublin) finished one second behind Moore, making a successful 8K debut. Senior Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) also improved on his personal best with a 27:07.5 and sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) rounded out Caltech's record-setting group (27:51.5). The men also had four competitors in the 8K open and featured junior David Fager (Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit Prep) setting a new personal best (28:07.9) and freshman Kellen Rodriguez (Fairmont, Minn. / Fairmont) making his 8K debut.
Additionally, the Beavers rested parts of both rosters as they look to make their way back from injury and illness.
"Today gave us another reason to be confident in our training and the direction of our season," Raphelson said. "We look forward to racing close to our full roster next race."
Raphelson and the Beavers will have two weeks to train before competing at the Mustang Challenge in Santa Clarita on Saturday, Sept. 29.