CLAREMONT, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2018) – The Caltech men's and women's cross country teams competed at the annual Pomona-Pitzer Invite on Saturday. The day featured strong individual performances as the team works its way back to full strength before championship season.
"It was clear we were coming into today pretty tired," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "Given that, our performance was okay. We're confident we'll be a healthier, fitter team in three weeks."
Freshman Gaurav Phanse (Fremont, Calif. / Dublin) scored his best collegiate placement finish to date, placing seventh in a men's field featuring 96 runners, seven donning the Caltech uniform. Gaurav crossed the finish line in 26.16.90 and junior Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) followed the freshman by approximately 32 seconds. Sophomore Haoyuan Sun (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech.), who set a new PR at last week's race in Santa Clarita, showed he had more room for improvement at Pomona-Pitzer. Sun's 32:42.80 marked a near five-second improvement from last week's time.
Sophomore Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) led the women's team with a 23:14.50 to finish 14th overall out of a 127-woman field. Classmate Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Payton) followed Hu (24:03.50) as did freshman Alex Bardon (Boston, Mass. / Winsor School) (24:13.3). Additionally, freshman Jamie Littman (Port Washington, N.Y. / Paul D. Schreiber) improved her top 6K time by 13 seconds to 27:05, while freshman Natalie Lelieur (South Pasadena, Calif. / South Pasadena) and sophomore Johanna Karras (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) each made their 6K debuts. Both teams defeated California Lutheran University, Whittier College and Chapman University in the respective team standings.
Raphelson and the Beavers will compete in three weeks at the SCIAC Championships in Chino, Calif., this year's biggest meet to date.