CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 6, 2019) – The Caltech men's track & field team showed its competitive nature at Saturday's Pomona-Pitzer Invite and yielded some clutch performances and a slew of new seasonal bests in middle distance events.
Sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte) led the way for Caltech in the 1500 with his season-best 4:05.90 amongst a field consisting of competitors from across all three NCAA Divisions. Earney's time additionally brought him within one second of achieving a new PR. Classmate Haoyuan Sun (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech.) and senior Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math and Science) joined Earney in the 1500, posting a 4:42.07 and 4:39.23 respectively with Sun's time representing a new PR. Freshman Kellen Rodriguez (Fairmont, Minn. / Fairmont) meanwhile was Caltech's lone representative in the 800 and used the opportunity to cross the finish line in 2:04.33 for a near two-second PR.
The sprints yielded a pair of personal records for Harvey Scriven (London, England / Winchester College), who shaved more than half a second off his top 200 time (23.80) and eight-tenths on his best 400 time in his third chance at the event this season (53.21). Junior captain Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) also ran the 200 and nearly matched his time from the Beavers' home meet last weekend with a 23.16. Cai practically matched his 100 time, however, with his 11.52 sprint coming in one one-hundredth of a second behind his SCIAC Multi-Dual time. Freshman Peter Kulits (Everett, Wash. / King's) led the team in field events with his 13.32m triple jump positioning him 13th amongst a 25-man field and first among Division III competitors. One of the day's most memorable performances belonged to sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) in the hammer throw, who achieved his best throw of the day on his final throw while coming within two meters of his longest attempt (35.58m).
"We competed well today," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "Whether it was Dan coming up big on his final throw or teammates pushing each other like Michael and Hao, our ability to compete is improving, and with it, our marks are improving too."
Raphelson and the Beavers will continue the latter half of the spring at the third SCIAC Multi-Dual where they will compete against three other SCIAC schools including host Whittier College.