CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019) – The Caltech women's track & field team had a strong start to the season at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) got the Beavers on the right track early with a seven-second, 18th-place PR in the 3k (10:36.55). With Saturday's finish, Hu gained on the program record of 10:06.78 while maintaining second-place on the list. Classmate Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton) broke through in the same race, crossing the finish line in 10:48.48 for a new personal best. Crotteau gained one spot on the all-time list and now sits at fourth. Sophomore Krystal Brodsky (Redmond, Wash. / Bellevue College) and senior Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) also competed in the 3k, with Brodsky breaking onto the all-time list at 8th (11:21.31) while Gutierrez narrowly missed the mark while battling illness (11:27.16).
"The 3k was a great way to get things started on the track for us," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "Claire's continuing to improve and Molly had a breakthrough race that was the product of a lot of hard work."
The mile also proved to be a strong point for Caltech. Senior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) set a new personal best by five seconds with a well-raced 5:27.65, beating out all runners not from host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges or Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. Five other Caltech runners also made their debuts in the event.
"Michelle has grown into a great competitor," Raphelson said. "It was exciting for her to break 5:30 for the first time, but the way she did it- moving through the field and closing large gaps by herself, was really impressive."
Sophomore Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) took a step forward from Mountain T's, and her 27.81 in the women's 200m dash made for a new season best. Senior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) PR'd in the hammer throw by over one meter, reaching a new distance of 21.92m, while freshman Antonia Liu (Tenafly, N.J. / Bergen County Academies) debuted in the same event (18.84m). Liu also hit a new all-time best in the discus (29.98m).
Raphelson and the Beavers will next turn their attention towards next weekend's Rossi Relays, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday Feb. 23.