CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 14, 2018) – Freshman Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) added another record to her impressive rookie resume as the Caltech track & field team had itself another successful day at the third SCIAC Multi-Dual hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday afternoon.
Griffith bounced back from a disappointing outing in the 100m hurdles with a strong run in the 400m hurdles in 1:03.87 and nabbed the Caltech record by over half a second while taking second place in the race. The previous record, originally set by Karen Close (1:04.50) in 1980 was the longest-standing record in program history.
"It's always exciting to see a school record get broken, but we were most pleased to see Nora bounce back from a disappointing race earlier in the day," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "That resiliency reflects well on her and our team."
The rest of the day yielded many more personal bests and advancements on the all-time top 10 list thanks in part to good weather conditions and proper execution. Sophomore Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) came out and immediately set a new PR in her first hammer throw of the day with a 32.93m toss. She also set a new PR in the discus, with a 29.86m throw. Both distances allowed Lauinger to take sixth-place in both throwing events while posting solid showings in her other two events.
The majority of the rest of the Beavers' PR's came in the distance and mid-distance events of the day. Freshman Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) made his mark in the 1500m race when he broke out in the second-half of the race with an impressive negative split for a seven-second new career-best time (4:05.36) to take 4th overall. In that same race, sophomore Simon Ricci (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) picked up a new PR in his own right (4:08.30). In the women's 1500m, freshman Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) ran a strong strategic race to nearly match her career-best time in a competitive field (4:59.16).
Freshman Michael Brown (New Orleans, La. / Isidore Newman) had himself a breakout day in the men's 800m. After running 1:58 in his three previous efforts, he stormed to a 1:56.89 to place 6th in the highly-competitive field and in the process made his debut at eighth on the top-10 list. Senior Gene Vaughan (Mission, Texas / Sharyland) (2:12.93) and freshman Haoyuan Sun (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech.) (2:20.96) tailed Brown and earned new top times in their own right. The women's 800m saw a slew of career-best performances. Junior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) led five Beavers across the line with her new career-best time of 2:24.92. She was followed across by freshman Krystal Brodsky (Redmond, Wash. / Bellevue College) (2:27.70) and fellow junior Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) (2:28.88). Both Brodsky and Gutierrez also posted career bests and maintained their places on the top-10 list. Sophomores Noelle Davis (Fort Worth, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math & Science) (2:31.39) and Nicole Feng (Bethany, Conn. / Amity Regional) (2:43.76) rounded out the group. Davis, in her second 800m appearance of the season bettered her time by two seconds while Feng shaved 10 seconds off her top collegiate time.
Raphelson and the Beavers will return to the track on Friday, Apr. 27 for the SCIAC Championship Meet hosted by the University of Redlands.