CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2017) – Sophomore Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview), freshman Tim Krasnoperov (Pasadena, Calif. / Polytechnic) and rookie Jena Srikanth (Fresno, Calif. / Clovis North) each cracked their first program Top-10 list in the Caltech track & field team's season opener at the Rossi Relays on Saturday.
Goyal's first career hammer throw earned her the historic spot, but her final toss of 15.89 meters (52 feet, one inch) moved her ranking up to ninth all-time. She also showed improvement in the discus, clearing 20 meters for the first time at 20.31/66'8".
Krasnoperov accomplished the same feat in his first career discus toss, clearing nearly 140 feet to place fourth overall behind a pair of Division II athletes and second among all SCIAC competitors. His mark of 138 feet, nine inches ranks eight all-time, while his efforts in the hammer and shot put were not far off those respective lists.
Srikanth took a commanding lead in her first collegiate 3000m before fading back to the pack, but still ended up fifth on the all-time list with an 11:18.32 despite the colder, windy conditions late in the day.
"It was good to finally get our competitive season underway," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "With such a young squad, we really wanted to use this first meet as a learning experience. It helped us identify some key things to work on going forward."
A slew of other newcomers made successful debuts for the Beavers as well. Freshman Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech) became the second-fastest 100-meter dash Caltech sprinter over the past five years with an 11.57 100m, while Damien Bérubé (Montreal, Canada / John Abbott Coll.) came in with a solid 12.41 and Alex Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West) crossed at 12.70. Rookie Nikhil Poole (Arcadia, Calif. / Flintridge Prep) was just two seconds away from making the Top 10 list in the 3000-meter run and junior Zane Murphy (Wilmington, Del. / Tampa Prep) came within 20 feet of reaching the javelin list in his debut with a throw of 121 feet, nine inches to place a promising ninth among SCIAC competitors.
Sophomore Ben Calvin (Shawnee, Kan. / Shawnee Mission Northwest) started his second year strong with a .38 drop in the 110-meter hurdles, as did sophomore Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math & Science) with a 37-second improvement in the 3000m. Freshman Tiger Lu (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi) and sophomores Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) and Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) all ran strong legs on various relays to get their seasons started on the right foot.
Raphelson and the Beavers will contest their first SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season at the University of La Verne on Saturday, Mar. 4.