CLAREMONT, Calif. (Mar. 2, 2019) – The Caltech women's track & field team built upon its sound start to the 2019 season with another strong team showing at first SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday.
Caltech came 12 points away from earning a team victory over Chapman University, one of five competing SCIAC schools amidst cold and rainy conditions. Senior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) led Caltech with a 2:27.50 in her 800 season debut, finishing fifth out of a 15-runner field which also included senior Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) (2:33.03) and sophomore Sirisha Gudavalli (Boulder, Colo. / Fairview) who made her debut in the event (2:39.45). The senior made a two-second improvement on her 800 time at last year's SCIAC Multi-Dual. Marasigan also competed in the 4x400 relay slotting in second to run behind sophomore Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) and in front of classmate Gutierrez and Gudavalli. The quartet ran a 4:28.39 and came in just over one second behind the next fastest team. Griffith also competed in the 100 and 400 hurdle events.
Freshman Jamie Littman (Port Washington, N.Y. / Paul D. Schreiber) made her season debut in the steeplechase and ran to a sixth-place 13:25.65, finding her way into ninth on the Caltech Top-10 list. Littman joins sophomore Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton) on that list, who delivered a third-place 12:38.37. Sophomore Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) added to Caltech's distance group with a sixth-place finish the 1500 (5:07.47) and junior Jena Srikanth (Fresno, Calif. / Clovis North) posted a fourth-place 20:07.61 in the 5000.
"We had a number of people step up despite the challenging conditions," Raphelson said. "Michelle ran her fastest opening 800m and came back with a great relay leg on the 4x4 and Jamie had a great steeplechase debut. We're excited for them and the whole team to continue to progress."
Junior Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) fronted Caltech in the shot put and hammer throw, hitting 8.11m and 30.15m respectively. Freshman Antonia Liu (Tenafly, N.J. / Bergen County Academies) led the team in the discus, with her 26.98m mark being good for a sixth-place finish. Liu added PR's in the shot put (7.11m), hammer (22.55m), and javelin (20.21m) and the rookie's best hammer throw now ranks seventh in the Caltech Top-10, right in front of senior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) who also competed in each of the four throwing events.
Raphelson and the Beavers will look to pick up where they left off when they travel to Occidental College for next Saturday's Oxy Invite.