CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2016) – Freshman Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) ran into seventh place on the Caltech track & field men's all-time list in his first collegiate 3,000-meter race at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet on Saturday.
Choudhury led a host of Beavers who recorded personal bests, improvements from the season opener and steps ahead of this point last year. The rookie's 9:05.82 ranked seventh among SCIAC foes and was faster than runners from all SCIAC schools other than Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.
"This was a very solid meet all around," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "We continue to see significant progress in several student-athletes."
Senior Edward Garza (Corpus Christi, Texas / King) built on his incredible start to the season with a .08 time drop in the 100-meter dash, lowering his mark to 11.47 – the best by a Beaver in three years. He then posted a fantastic time in his first-ever 200m (23.63). Freshman Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) also improved in both her events, sprinting .29 quicker in the 100m (18.14) and adding about a foot in the shot put (21 feet, 6 ¾ inches).
Junior Lucy Chen (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) continued to showcase her impressive gains in the past year with a 14.97 100m, more than quarter second faster than her time both two weeks prior and at last year's meet. Senior Kevin Yei (Calrsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) matched his season-opening 12.61 100m and came in .23 under his previous 200m time at 25.47 while junior Teddy Hu (Qingdao, China / Qingdao No. 2) trimmed .13 in the 200m (27.68).
Freshman Rohan Doshi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) posted a solid 4:39.65 in the mile for his first collegiate track race, starting out conservatively before making up considerable ground on the field over the last lap and a half. Sophomore Chris Haack (New York City, N.Y. / The Browning School) chopped off 19 seconds from his mile time last year to clock a 5:10.88 while sophomore Gene Vaughan (Mission, Texas / Sharyland) crossed the line in 5:18.55 and freshman Joey Hong (Milpitas, Calif. / King's Acad.) posted a 15-second personal-best time in the 3,000m (9:56.43). The women's distance duo of freshman Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) and junior Lilly Luo (Belle Mead, N.J. / Montgomery) impressed as well, timing in at 5:45.87 and 6:28.67, the latter marking a nearly two-minute improvement for Luo from her rookie season.
"Our distance group rose to the occasion today," Raphelson said. "Both Rohans ran very savvy races for freshmen in large fields. Lilly's transformation as a runner is ongoing and her improvements are a credit to her hard work and perseverance. Overall, the group was very competitive in their respective races."
In the field events, both seniors Morgan Hill (San Diego, Calif. / Wasatch Acad.) and Anup Kishore (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) had successful days, albeit in different ways. Just hours after arriving back in California after an early-morning flight from Phoenix following his Friday breakthrough performance at Northern Arizona University, Hill launched the hammer almost a meter further than his mark at last year's meet, despite the heavy exertions and quick turnaround from the day before. Kishore, meanwhile, reached an important milestone in his return from a knee injury suffered late last season, as the senior competed in his first jumps event in almost a year, clearing 35 feet in the triple jump.
Raphelson and the Beavers will compete next at the 20th Annual Rossi Relays, hosted by CMS, on Saturday, Feb. 27.