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Logan caps college career at Caltech with academic and athletic success


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Los Altos native Paige Logan – throwing the hammer her senior year at Caltech – leaves the school with two track records, two volleyball records and two degrees.

Paige Logan graduated from Caltech holding school records in track and field and volleyball. But the Los Altos High product said she is most proud of her academic accomplishments at a university ranked among the best in the nation.

Logan graduated with honors June 13 with a double degree in geophysics and environmental science and engineering. Not an easy task for a student who played as many as three sports during her four years at Caltech, an NCAA Division III school in Pasadena.

Logan was forced to give up the third sport, basketball, after her sophomore year due to four concussions.

The Los Altos native said she was able to graduate on time by “going to a lot of office hours (and) trying to budget time.”

Logan found enough time to succeed in track and field and volleyball.

On the track, Logan set the school record in the women’s shot put (41 feet, 9 3/4 inches) and hammer throw (145-3).

“Walking into practice every day and seeing your name on the record board is not only a great validation of your achievements, but also a reminder to keep striving to improve upon those marks,” she said.

Michael Stevenson, head coach of the Caltech track team, said Logan “set and reset the school records in the shot put and hammer throw too many times to count.”

She ranks second in school history in the discus with a throw 2 feet shy of the record. Her goal as a senior was to hold the trifecta of throwing records, and Logan said she was “a little upset about not winning all three.”

Logan’s track career at Caltech culminated at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championships May 2 and 3, at which she won the conference shot put title. She became the first Caltech woman to win a conference track and field championship since 1997. Logan won with her final attempt, defeating her opponent by a foot.

Among her athletic achievements, Logan said winning the conference championship was the highlight of her Caltech career.

“My teammates were watching, which was exciting,” she said.

After the season, Logan earned All-SCIAC honors for the fourth consecutive year. She was named MVP of the women’s track team and recognized as the Caltech Athlete of the Year. Logan served as team captain her junior and senior years.

“No athlete that I have coached has meant any more to their team than Paige did to the team this year,” Stevenson said. “She was the voice for our entire team for two years.”

In volleyball, Logan leaves Caltech as the career leader in kills (554) and second all-time in solo blocks (28). But a single-match school record she set on senior night means even more to Logan. The 6-foot senior posted 25 kills, breaking her own record by three

“I was more excited about getting the most kills in a match (than career kills),” she said.

While Logan is done with Caltech, she’s not finished with school. She is headed to the University of Washington this summer to begin her work toward a doctorate in physical oceanography and climate science.

Logan’s interest in science led her to choose Caltech over Stanford University after high school.

“I didn’t want to be an Olympic thrower,” she said. “I wanted to be a scientist.”

She also wanted to be an athlete, of course, and doesn’t plan to give up sports anytime soon. She intends to play club volleyball at Washington and hasn’t ruled out a return to track.

“I’ll never be able to not play a sport,” Logan said.

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