The Beaver harriers are set to compete and reach their potenial in 2014.
With a vast majority of the team returning, the Beaver men will toe the line in 2014 with potentially their best line-up since the turn of the millennium.
"I believe our strength is we are a veteran group of runners who have been together the past 3-4 years," said 14th year head coach Scott Jung. "We don't have as much depth as last year, but more than previous years."
Five of the top seven harriers from the 2013 season return to the fold including top runner Aditya Bhagavathi. The junior was the Beavers best finisher in all five of the races he completed last season. Bhagavathi has finished 10 intercollegiate races and was the best Caltech harrier in all but one of those races. His top 8K time of 26:45 ties him for fourth best in Institute history.
Not to be outdone by Bhagavathi's success are Jared Forte and Ian Koss. After battling through injuries during his sophomore campaign, Forte is poised for a return to his first-year form when he was the Beavers top finisher in all six races. Koss enters his senior after setting personal best marks and recording top five finishes in all six of Caltech's races in 2013.
"I'm excited to see how Aditya, Jared and Ian will contribute this season. Each of them has worked incredibly hard to get to where they are but they aren't satisfied because they know their potential hasn't been reached yet," said Jung. "Those three will set the tone for the team in practice and during competitions."
Two other seniors will provide an impact for the Beavers as Juan Adame and Eric Martin lace-up for their final season in a Caltech singlet. Adame continued his upward projector as a junior last year and he is expected to provide top five finishes. Martin battled through injuries in 2013 but with a clean bill of health The Woodlands, Texas native is confident he will contribute.
The women's squad will have a youthful look but one that will diligent hone their craft to improve as the season progresses.
"We graduated about a third of last year's team and two-thirds of our west regional team," Jung said. "We will have a young and inexperienced squad, so I hope to improve throughout the season with the incoming first-year making an impact."
Stephanie Reynolds will carry the torch for the Beavers in 2014. Since donning a Caltech uniform, the senior has been the top Beaver harrier in all but one race. Furthermore, she is ranked in school top three all-time for fastest time in both the 5K and 6K races.
"I have high hopes for Stephanie this season. She has the chance to be our first all-conference performer in nearly five years," Jung said. "For all the hard work she has put into her career here, earning an all-conference spot would be a great reward."
Emily Mazo returns for her sophomore campaign after a successful start to her collegiate career in 2013. The native of Bala Cynwyd, PA was a scoring runner for the Beavers in all but one event last year. Parul Pubbi is another sophomore that will be looked upon to provide significant contributions after providing top five finishes for Caltech in last season's final three races.