Pasadena, Calif. (Nov. 25, 2014) – The Caltech track and field teams have released both their indoor and outdoor schedules for the 2015 season, which will kick off with the annual Caltech All-Comers Meet on Saturday, Feb. 7.
The Beavers will sprinkle in a number of Invitationals between their three SCIAC meets, which will be held on Mar. 7 (at the University of Redlands), Mar. 28 (at Chapman University) and Apr. 11 (at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges) leading up to the SCIAC Championships, held at Occidental College, the weekend of May 1-2.
With Caltech competing in indoor track and field for the first time this season, the Beavers will look to first get exposure at a series of increasingly competitive outdoor meets, including the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet and the 19th Rossi Relays on Feb. 21 and 28, respectively.
The focus of the indoor season will be on the Tufts Last Chance Invitational in Medford, Mass. on Mar. 6, where the Beavers will compete against peer Division III institutions with an eye on qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held on the same day as the outdoor Occidental Distance/Sprints Carnival on Mar. 13.
The Pomona-Pitzer Invitational slots between the second and third SCIAC meets on Apr. 4. The Beavers will split their squad over a pair of Invitationals from Apr. 17-19, with a handful attending the two-day Mt. Sac Invitational (Apr. 17-18) and the bulk of the squad heading to the Beach Invitational at Long Beach State. Caltech will compete at the Triton Invitational at UCSD on the weekend of Apr. 24-25 in a final prep for the SCIAC Championships on May 1-2.
Following the SCIAC Championships, the Beavers will have two final chances – at the Occidental Invitation (May 9) and the Redlands Last Chance Invitational (May 15) – to qualify for the NCAA Championships held at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. from May 21-23.
The 2014 track and field squads saw four Beavers earn All-SCIAC honors, including conference champion Paige Logan in the shot put. Senior Eric Martin (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands College Park) and juniors William Hoza (Olympia, Wash. / Olympia) and Anup Kishore (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) all return for the men this season. Martin ran his way onto the All-SCIAC team with the second-fastest 800-meter time in program history at 1:53.71, placing third in qualifying, while Hoza and Kishore placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault with top clearances of 12'6" and 11'6 ¼". Seniors Bridget Connor (Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Acad.) and Stephanie Reynolds (Tallahassee, Fla. / Lawton Chiles) are also back on the women's side; Connor placed seventh in the javelin, throwing 33 meters, and 10th in pole vault, clearing 9' ¾", while Reynolds finished 11th in both the 800-meter (2:35.05) and 1500-meter (5:002.25) races.