Spartan Men’s Track & Field Breaks Two Records, Opens Season with Win at Defiance Invitational

Phil Yeung
Phil Yeung

DEFIANCE, Ohio The Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team officially opened the 2013 season with a first-place finish and two facility records at the Defiance College Invitational on Saturday at the George M. Smart Center.

The Spartans totaled 172 points in the eight-team field. Runner-up Wittenberg University finished at 136.50.

Senior distance specialist Phil Yeung (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) broke the first Smart Center record of the day with a time of 4:30.59 in the mile run.

The second came in the distance medley relay as the quartet of freshman Ben Brucker (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), senior Michael Perisa (Cortland, Ohio/Warren JFK), senior Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) and junior Dishen Lin (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) won in a time of 11:00.28.

Also in the DMR, the team of junior David Dixon (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside), junior Eric Dong (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), Yeung and freshman Timothy Travitz (Salisbury, Md./Parkside)  placed second in 11:05.55.

Track events produced another three individual runner-up finishes from Kelly in the 3,000m (8:57.58), junior Wyatt Hoch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) in the 5,000m (16:06.88) and freshman Abdallah Soliman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) in the 800m (2:00.87).

In field events, Case picked up another event win from junior Andrew Barnhart(Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley) in the triple jump with a finals mark of 12.78m. Barnhart also placed fourth at 6.09m in the long jump.

In the pole vault, the Spartans claimed second with sophomore Mark Kulinski (Oil City, Pa./Venango Catholic) and senior Nick Errico (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) finishing in a tie at 4.25m.

The entire squad is back in action next Saturday, February 2 with the annual Battle for the Obelisk versus rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) at 12:00 p.m. at the Veale Center in Cleveland.