Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Apr. 17: Sam Merriman and Shannon Carroll

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Apr. 17: Sam Merriman and Shannon Carroll

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Case Western Reserve University junior Sam Merriman, a distance runner on the men’s track and field team, and sophomore Shannon Carroll, a thrower on the women’s track and field team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performance’s this past week.

Merriman set a new school-record in the 5,000-meter run at the UW-Platteville Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Thursday evening. With a time of 14:29.93, Merriman finished competition in eighth place. The time bested Peter Kummant’s time of 14:33.40 set back in 1977. Merriman’s time currently ranks second in the UAA and 11th in Division III.

Carroll earned two All-Ohio honors this weekend to help the Spartan women place eighth at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships. Carroll finished third in the javelin throw with a toss of 36.10 meters and also placed third in the shot put with a mark of 12.17 meters. Her toss in the javelin currently ranks first in the UAA and her mark in the shot put ranks second.

The Spartan Club Athletes of the Week are selected by the CWRU Department of Athletics each Monday, based on their performance during the previous week of competition.

Honorable Mention: Nathaniel Wahner (men’s track and field) earned two individual All-Ohio honors this weekend, while also setting a new school-record in the 100-meter dash. Wahner earned All-Ohio honors with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.67 seconds to best the previous school-records of 10.78 seconds. His time also currently ranks first in the UAA and seventh in Division III. Wahner added another All-Ohio honor in the 200-meter dash, placing first with a time of 22.23 seconds.

Ananth Suresh (men’s track and field) earned an All-Ohio honor by finishing third in the triple jump with a distance of 13.18 meters to help the Spartan men finish third at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships. His distance currently ranks fourth in the UAA.

Marie-Louise Kloster (women’s track and field) earned an All-Ohio honor in the 400-meter hurdles to help the Spartan women place eighth at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships. She placed second in the event with a time of 1:05.05, which currently ranks fourth in the UAA and 44th in Division III.

Chris Shorter (baseball) hit .364 with two home runs and four runs batted in to help the Spartans split a four-game series against 16th-ranked Washington University (Mo.) during the weekend.  Shorter started three of the four games, picking up four hits (three of which were for extra bases) in 11 at bats, adding a walk, a hit by pitch and a stolen base, recording a .462 on base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. For the season, Shorter is batting .400 with six doubles, two home runs and nine runs batted in.  The Spartans ended their UAA schedule with an 11-5 conference record, and a 17-14 overall mark. 

Jake Shields (baseball) did not allow an earned run in a complete-game win over 16th-ranked Washington University (Mo.) on Friday afternoon.  Shields held the Bears to just six hits without issuing a walk, while striking out three batters in a 5-1 Spartans’ victory, going all nine innings for his second complete game of the campaign. His lone blemish on the day was an unearned run scored by Washington in the fifth inning, and he extended his streak to 26.1-straight innings without an earned run allowed.  The right-handed pitcher picked up the win in the game, improving to 4-3 on the year with a 3.23 ERA, including a 3-1 record with a 1.42 ERA in four UAA starts.  

Nicole Doyle (softball) batted .333 (5-for-15) and led the Spartans with three doubles and four runs batted in as CWRU split a four-game series at Washington (Mo.) University this past weekend. During the team’s 8-7 win in the final game of the series, Doyle led the Spartans at the plate with a four-for-five performance, including three doubles, four RBI’s and one home run. For the season, Doyle ranks first on the team in batting average (.402), first on the team in hits (35), first on the team in runs (25) and first on the team in doubles (10).

Annie Wennerberg (softball) went 1-2 during this past weekend with 14 strikeouts and a 2.05 earned run average. She led the Spartans to an 8-7 win in the second game of their doubleheader against Washington (Mo.) on Saturday, scattering five hits, while striking out five and yielding just one earned run. For the season, Wennerberg has a 10-5 overall record, including 10 complete games.

Sam Concannon (men’s tennis) went 2-0 in singles play and 1-0 in doubles action during a pair of wins for the 12th-ranked Spartans last weekend. Concannon improved to a team-leading 21-6 in singles matches this season, and to 10-5 in doubles play.  The Spartans will enter the UAA Championships next weekend with a 19-4 record, three wins shy of the program’s high-water mark for a single season.

Katrin Gurvich (women’s tennis) helped the 18th-ranked Spartans go 1-1 during this past week. She recorded a 1-1 singles record, while also going 2-0 in her doubles matches. For the season, Gurvich is 13-9 overall in singles play and 11-1 in doubles play. Case Western Reserve is now 15-4 overall for the season.

2017 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

January 9th: Isaac Collier (wrestling) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)


January 16th: Jacob Frisch (wrestling) & Jess McCoy (women’s basketball)


January 23rd: Ben Zelkin (men’s track and field) & Temi Omilabu (women’s track and field)

January 30th: Drew Hamilton (men’s swimming) & Jess McCoy (women’s basketball)

February 6th: Andrew Munn (wrestling) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

February 13th: Oliver Hudgins (men’s swimming) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

February 20th: Colin Zucker (men’s basketball) & Nithya Kanagasegar (women’s tennis)

February 27th: Nathaniel Wahner (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

March 6th: Mark Gross (baseball) & Grace Tritchler (softball)


March 13th: Nathaniel Wahner (men’s track and field)

March 20th: Drew Hamilton (men’s swimming) & Annie Wennerberg (softball)

March 27th: Rob Stroup (men’s tennis) & Peyton Young (women’s tennis)

April 3rd: Jake Shields (baseball) & Claire Plunkett (women’s track and field)

April 10th: Jason Lockamy (men’s track and field) & Grace Tritchler (softball)

April 17th: Sam Merriman (men’s track and field) & Shannon Carroll (women’s track and field)