PASADENA (July 11, 2019) – The Caltech women's track & field and cross country teams revealed their Class of 2023 incoming recruits earlier today. This year's group will feature several student athletes with the credentials, times and marks necessary to making an immediate impact when they compete for the first time in Caltech colors.
|Tea Freedman-Susskind||Lauren Garriques||Calle Junker|
|Seattle, Wash.||Lake Forest, Ill.||Purcellville, Va.|
|Katelyn Lee||Pippa Richter|
|New York City, N.Y.||Columbia, S.C.|
Freedman-Susskind is an important addition to the cross country team/distance group. She captained her team in high school and was recently a recipient of the Cameron Impact Scholarship, awarded to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.
"We're thrilled to add Tea to our distance group," Raphelson said. "We look forward to seeing her continue to improve."
Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest
A unique distance talent, Garriques' accomplishments speak for themselves. The Illinois-native is a nationally and internationally ranked multi-sport athlete in the duathlon and is a three-time medalist at the World Duathlon Championships where she represented Team USA. Some of Garriques' fastest times include a 17:38 three-mile time in cross country and a 5:24 in the 1600m run in track & field. Her blend of talent and passion could help spark the women's cross country team to another standout season.
"Lauren is a highly accomplished endurance athlete, having won multiple international medals in the duathlon," Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. "She has considerable potential for success at this level and we know that she can't wait to put on a Caltech uniform."
Junker could excel in a variety of events in which Caltech has not fielded a competitor for several years on the women's side. In addition to being an experienced jumper, the Virginia-native's best events are the hurdles. Her top time in the 300h (47.90) compares favorably with students who find quick success at the conference and regional level. Additionally, Junker's top long and triple jump marks already trend toward the top of both Caltech top-10 lists.
"Calle is one of the more accomplished and versatile athletes to ever join our program," Raphelson said. "We're looking forward to working with her and wouldn't be surprised to see her find success early in her college career."
New York City, N.Y./Trinity
Lee has posted strong marks in a wide range of events over her high school career, but has fared especially well in the high jump (4'10) and 800m run (2:22), both of which would have her ranked in the Caltech top-10. Her wide-ranging experience on the track and in the field figures to make her an immediate contributor.
"Katelyn is a unique talent," Raphelson said. "She's shown herself to be successful in any event she attempts. We're thrilled to add someone with her potential."
Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora
Richter brings championship-caliber cross country experience with her to Caltech. Last October, Richter became a regional champion and contended for the South Carolina state championship as a senior. She owns a personal-best 19:14 time for 5km. The Columbia-native's greatest asset on the course is her ability to compete, which has led her to becoming a multi-time all-state performer in South Carolina, a state where conditions aren't always conducive to producing fast distance times.
"Pippa is a highly accomplished racer who never finished worse than 12th as a senior in cross country," Raphelson said. "We think she has considerable potential in the longer distances. Like Lauren, she exudes passion for the sport and for representing Caltech."