CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 27, 2019) – The Caltech women's track & field team got on the board with 10 points on the first day of the 2019 SCIAC Championships, eight of which came from sophomore Claire Hu (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) in her record-setting 10000m debut while senior Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) also took home a school record in the 800. The Beavers currently find themselves ahead of Chapman University heading into the second and final day of competition.
Hu, now the owner of two Caltech distance records, crossed the finish line in 37:38.12, broke the school record by nearly three minutes and became the first Beaver to complete the mammoth distance in under 40 minutes. Saturday marks Hu's second trip to the podium in as many years with the sophomore taking third in the 5000m run in another record-setting performance. Juniors Skye Reese (Concord, N.H. / Concord) and Nicole Feng (Bethany, Conn. / Amity Regional) joined Hu in the 10000, with Reese rounding out the top 10 with a 42:55.01 while Feng made a 44:16.39 debut.
Caltech received two more points from sophomore Molly Crotteau (Chicago, Ill. / Walter Payton) in the women's 3000 Steeplechase. Crotteau, who set the Caltech steeplechase record in the final SCIAC Multi-Dual of 2019, finished 10 seconds off her record-setting pace but still managed to net a seventh-place finish amidst a 16-woman field. Junior Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) rounded out Caltech scorers with a finals appearance in the javelin for the second consecutive year, scoring with a season-best 30.82m throw. The junior also scored with an eighth-place finish in the hammer finals thanks to a PR of over two meters (36.56m). Lauinger's big take in the hammer throw moves her to third in the Caltech top-10 (119' 11 1/2"). Senior Muskaan Goyal (Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview) competed in the hammer throw for the final time, hitting 27.08m on her best throw.
In addition to Saturday's scorers, Caltech also had two more competitors qualify for Sunday's finals. Senior Marasigan ran a posted a program-record 2:22.21 in the 800m run to place eighth out of 23 women spread across three heats. Marasigan's time proved to be absolutely necessary for the senior to make finals in the last SCIAC Championship meet of her career, as her previous-best 2:24.11 would have put the senior on the outside looking in. Sophomore Sirisha Gudavalli (Boulder, Colo. / Fairview) joined Marasigan in the second heat, running a 2:35.66. Sophomore Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz, Calif. / Santa Cruz) led Caltech in speed events with a fourth-place 1:05.25 to qualify for Sunday's 400 hurdles finals while freshman Moya Ly (Cincinnati, Ohio / Cincinnati Country Day) finished in 1:17.35 to take over the 10th spot in the Caltech top-10. Competing in her final SCIAC Championship meet, senior Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) concluded her 1500m career on a high note thanks to a 15th-place 5:03.96, good for the eighth spot in the Caltech top-10. The senior's time is also a seven-second improvement on her previous season best. Fellow Caltech top-10 1500 competitor sophomore Krystal Brodsky (Redmond, Wash. / Bellevue College) competed in the same race and posted a season-best 5:20.16.
Head Coach Ben Raphelson and the Beavers will return to the track for tomorrow's finals and will have representation across five different women's events.