PASADENA (July 15, 2019) – The Caltech men's track & field and cross country teams revealed their Class of 2023 incoming recruits earlier today. This year's group features talented scholar-athletes whose respective experiences and accomplishments add up to one of the most exciting classes in recent history.
|Emile Timothy Anand||Erik Imathiu-Jones||Julen Lujambio||Patrick Martinez|
|Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Chicago, Ill.||Middletown, Conn.||Fullerton, Calif.|
|Cambridge International School||Providence St. Mel||Xavier||Troy|
|Malik Paulino||Marcos Perez||Kyle Piper||Alex Way|
|Little Elm, Texas||North Hollywood, Calif.||Lafayette, Colo.||
|Little Elm||North Hollywood||Centaurus||Rocklin|
Emile Timothy Anand
Dubai, United Arab Emirates/Cambridge International School
Based on his record in school competitions, Anand has considerable potential in cross country and track & field. While light on competitive running experience, Anand arrives at Caltech with an excellent scholarly record. Among his accomplishments was being named global champion of the World Scholar's Cup, an international team academic program with students participating from over 82 countries. His passion for athletics and academics should make him a great fit for the team.
"Emile is an intriguing talent," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "He doesn't have much experience with cross country, but he has shown considerable potential on the track. We're looking forward to helping him grow into a successful student-athlete."
Chicago, Ill./Providence St. Mel
Imathiu-Jones will join standout Peter Kulits '22 in a growing Caltech jumps group. The Chicagoan made gradual strides as a senior with his top marks (19' 0 long jump, 39' 7 triple jump) occurring in the final meet of his high school career.
"Despite facility and weather constraints, Erik has shown considerable potential as a horizontal jumper," Raphelson said. "He will be a great addition to our jumps group."
Lujambio will have a chance to occupy one of a few key positions vacated by graduating runners. The Connecticut-native competed in swimming and triathlons in addition to cross country and track & field during his high school career. The aptitude he displayed in the latter (earning personal-bests of 2:02 in the 800m and 4:34 in the 1600m) despited a limited amount of weeks of participation suggest he can make an immediate impact if he can quickly acclimate himself this fall.
"We're excited about Julen's multi-sport background," Raphelson said. "He has competed at a high level as a swimmer and triathlete and we got a glimpse of his potential in the short seasons he had on the track and cross country course. We think this background will help him succeed at the college distances."
Martinez is coming off a consistent senior year where he recorded personal-bests at a variety of distences, but he's also displayed an aptitude for longer distance races not typically offered at the high school level. As a result, he might be set up to make immediate contributions as a freshman.
"We're excited to see Patrick race the 8km in cross country and the longer distances in track," Raphelson said. "He has shown considerable aptitude for those, having already run promising marks in the marathon and half marathon as a high schooler."
Little Elm, Texas/Little Elm
Paulino joins a growing Caltech sprints group that is eager to continue its collective improvements in 2020. The Texan's top events are the 200 and 400m dash, though he has also competed in the long jump and triple jump in the past.
"I'm glad to add Malik to our sprints group," Raphelson said. "He'll be an important contributor for us."
North Hollywood, Calif./North Hollywood
Perez joins the team this year prepared to bolster both squads in the distance events. The Southern-California-local appears poised to adjust quickly to collegiate athletics and will have the opportunity to develop into a key contributer.
"Marcos is eager to continue the considerable improvements he showed towards the end of his high school career," Raphelson said. "I'm confident he'll play an important role for us during his career here."
Piper's experience in distance and middle distance events position him to make an immediate impact as a collegiate athlete. He took 13th at the Colorado State Cross Country Meet and also qualified for the state meet in track & field. His top marks include 16:00 (5k cross country), 9:43 (3200m run) and 4:31 (1600m run) all achieved at 5,000ft above sea-level or higher.
"Kyle is a great distance runner who competed at a high level throughout his high school career," Raphelson said. "With most of his best performances coming at altitude in Colorado, his personal-bests don't necessarily indicate his true ability. I'm confident he'll thrive here."
A highly accomplished pole vaulter, Way will likely be an immediate factor in the Caltech record books. His personal record, 13'6", would have him tied for fourth with Dave Gallup's mark from 1985. Way joins a growing list of freshmen arriving at Caltech with a good chance of scoring at the SCIAC championships in their first year of competition.
"Alex is the most accomplished pole vaulter to come to Caltech in a long time," Raphelson said. "His senior year was cut short due to injury, so we think we have yet to see his full potential."