PASADENA (Feb. 1, 2018) – The Caltech track and field program has unveiled its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season. Head Coach Ben Raphelson's squad will open up the year indoors with the University of Northern Arizona-hosted Mountain T's Invitational between Feb. 2 and 3.
On Feb. 17, the Beavers will open their outdoor season at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers Meet in Claremont, Calif. Caltech will then return to Claremont just one week later when they participate on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Relays on Feb. 24.
March will usher in the SCIAC Multi-Duals portion of the season, beginning on a third day of the month when the Beavers make their way to the University of Redlands where they will compete against the Bulldogs, Whittier College and California Lutheran University. Last year's opening SCIAC meet saw several freshmen burst onto the scene, including rising sophomore Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) who set top-10 marks in both the discus and shot put and rising junior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) who accomplished the eighth longest hammer throw in program history.
The Beavers will the move on to the Occidental Invite one week later on Saturday, Mar. 10 before traveling to Point Loma Nazarene two weeks later for the annual invitational. Caltech will then return to SCIAC multi-dual action on Saturday, Mar. 31 at the University of La Verne where they will compete against the Leopards, Bulldogs and Occidental College Tigers.
A jam-packed April will begin for the Beavers when they return to Claremont for the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April Fool's Day, which last year served as the team's final tune-up before championship season. The Beavers are then set to return to Claremont one more time for the CMS-hosted SCIAC Multi-Dual, the last of the season where Caltech will compete against CMS, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Redlands. Last year's final multi-dual saw the Beavers put together one of their best collective days under Coach Raphelson. Caltech will have one final tune-up at the Long Beach Invitational on Apr. 21 before competing in the Redlands-hosted SCIAC Championships between Apr. 27-28. Last year's championship meet saw freshman thrower Tim Krasnoperov (Pasadena, Calif. / Polytechnic) make the podium with a third-place finish in the discus as the women's team earned its first point at the SCIAC Championships since 2014.
After the completion of conference competition, the Beavers will have one more chance to improve upon their marks at the Occidental Last Chance Invitational on May 12 in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from May 24-26.
*All game dates, times and locations are subject to change