PASADENA (Apr. 26, 2019) – Caltech men's and women's track & field teams are set to compete with the conference's best at the SCIAC Championships in Claremont, Calif. this weekend.
Last year's lone scorer on the men's team, sophomore Matthew Earney (San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte), will look to bag a handful of points for a second straight year in the 1500-meter run. He enters seeded 11th – two spots further back than last year – after placing sixth in his rookie season.
The Beavers' highest-seeded competitor in this year's meet comes in the triple jump, where freshman Peter Kulits (Everett, Wash. / King's) ranks fourth in a highly competitive field with a mark of 13.40 meters that sits less than half a meter out of first.
Junior Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) leads the usual deep stable of distance runners with a shot to crack the scoring lineup after finishing one place shy (ninth) in the 5k last year. He and senior Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) will try their luck in the 10k, which has only six times entered but has been run far more strategically than quick in the past two championships. Choudhury placed 10th in the race as a sophomore in 2017. Freshman cross country star Gaurav Phanse (Fremont, Calif. / Dublin), fresh off setting that program's 8k record in the Fall, is one of two Beavers in the 57-man 5k field, ranking 13th with a time of 15:02.04 alongside junior Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago).
Sophomore Daniel Rostovtsev (Swarthmore, Pa. / Strath Haven) will have his sights set on making the final nine-man field in the hammer throw, where he enters with the 12th-best mark at 37.03 meters that already puts him 10 meters ahead of his personal best from last year. Junior Jesse Cai (McLean, Va. / Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech.) is tabbed for 14th place in the 400m with a near-PR of 51.41 while sophomore Spencer Morgenfeld (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto) enters at 15th in the wildly unpredictable 3k steeplechase.
Sophomores Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) and Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) front a hopeful women's team that has an opportunity to continue building on its momentum from the past several years. Last year's fifth-place finisher in the 400-meter hurdles, Griffith enters this year seeded in the same position, although her PR from last year (1:03.40) would place her less than half a second off the podium and 16th among all Division III performances this season. Hu, meanwhile, can lay claim to the team's top finish last year after placing third in the 5k. She will be seen as a serious contender in the 10k, where only three entered times sit below the 40-minute mark with last year's second-place finisher having run a 38:14.36 this season.
Another pair of past scorers return in junior Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) and senior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village / James B. Conant). Already ranking among the Top 10 in Caltech history in all four throwing events, Lauinger scored a point for the Beavers in the javelin last year and just missed out in the hammer; this year she is seeded 10th in the javelin, 11th in discus and 12th in hammer with marks below her PR in both javelin and hammer while enjoying a breakout in discus this spring. Marasigan missed out on the finals of the 800m last year by less than a second but placed seventh back in 2017 and will be determined to return on Day Two as she enters in 10th on the heels of a career-best time last week.
Junior Skye Reese (Concord, N.H. / Concord) was yet another Beaver to come up just short of scoring last year, as she placed ninth in the 10k with a 42:15.53. Rookie Antonia Liu (Tenafly, N.J. / Bergen County Acad.) will have a shot at cracking the scoring positions in her debut, as she sits ninth in the discus with a season-best throw just a decimeter out of eighth.
Sophomore Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton) also will have a chance to haul in some points as she enters the meet seeded fifth in the 3k steeplechase, but with a time she ran while finishing more than a minute ahead of the next competitor (yet still a program record). She placed 10th in the event last year.
Senior Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) and sophomore Sirisha Gudavalli (Boulder, Colo. / Fairview) are within striking distance as both are seeded 15th in the 1500m and 800m, respectively. Senior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) will look to close out her career on a high note and enters in 17th in the hammer throw thanks to an eight-meter improvement this season.
The meet will begin with field events at 2 p.m. and running at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 27. All field events, in addition to the 3k steeplechase and 10k, will be scored finals, with all other event finals taking place on Sunday, Apr. 28 with the same start times.
Events will be scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. Nine athletes will advance to the finals in all track events except the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays, while 12 athletes will advance to the finals in all field events.