REDLANDS, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2019) – Senior Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont) and rookie Kyle Piper (Lafayette, Colo. / Centaurus) paced a small men's cross country squad in its debut race of 2019 at the Redlands Invitational on Saturday morning. The Beavers beat out SCIAC foe and host University of Redlands by a single point thanks to the pair's fifth and sixth-place finishes among a field that included several robust community college rosters.
A patient early approach and savvy overall race put the Caltech duo in prime position to succeed, with Piper and classmate Julen Lujambio (Middletown, Conn. / Xavier) making bold mid-race moves while Moore and junior Spencer Morgenfeld (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto) utilized their experience to turn in strong runs at the shortened 6km distance.
"We knew we would be short handed today with about half the team still away finishing internships," Raphelson said. "The expectation was that anyone who competed would represent Caltech well and I think they did that."
Moore placed eight spots higher than at last year's season-opening race and four spots ahead of Caltech's top runner in 2018, while Morgenfeld moved up five spots to 15th. Senior David Fager (Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit Prep) also recorded an impressive race to round out the scoring in 42ndplace.
Raphelson and the Beavers will return to action in two weeks when they compete at the UCR Invitational in Riverside on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8:05 a.m.