Vote for Merriman for Elite 90 Fan Favorite!

Vote for Merriman for Elite 90 Fan Favorite!

Case Western Reserve University fans can go online to vote for junior cross country/ track and field team member Sam Merriman for the Elite 90 Fan Favorite contest beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11th.  Voting for the first round will be active through Friday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m.

The link to vote is at http://athletics.case.edu/voteforsam or http://on.ncaa.com/Elite90.  Fans can vote once per computer per day.

Merriman won the NCAA's Elite 90 Award during the cross country season, after entering the NCAA Division III Championships with the highest grade point average among competitors at the event.  The junior and Engineering Physics major entered the meet a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and went on to place 21st and earn All-America honors.  Merriman, who was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team later in the year, claimed All-UAA First Team and All-Region honors during the 2016 cross country campaign as well, and was the top Division III finisher at the All-Ohio Championships.

During the indoor track season, Merriman added an All-Region honor in the 3,000-meter run and claimed an All-UAA honor with a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run.  He went on to earn an All-Region honor in the 5,000-meter run during the outdoor season, breaking the school-record in the event with a time of 14:29.93, and winning the 5,000-meter title at the 2017 UAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Merriman joins the 90 other winners of the NCAA's Elite 90 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at each NCAA Championship event, in the voting for fan favorite.  Vote totals will reset after the first round, with the top-30 vote-getters advancing to the semifinals from July 17 through July 18.  Then, votes will reset again with the top-10 vote-getters will advance to the finals from July 19 through July 20.

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