CWRU Men Win Centre Invitational; Women Finish Fourth

CWRU Men Win Centre Invitational; Women Finish Fourth

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams competed at the 51st-Annual Centre Invitational hosted by Centre College in Danville, Kentucky on Saturday.

With 10 top-three finishes at the meet, the Spartan men topped the 17 teams in action with 122 points, finishing just ahead of second-place Ohio Northern (117.5 points) and third-place Campbellsville (68.5 points). The women, who tallied six top-three finished placed fourth out of 16 teams at the meet with 84 points. Ohio Northern finished first (168 points), Centre finished second (91 points) and Baldwin Wallace placed third (88 points).

Senior Nathaniel Wahner led the Case Western Reserve men, winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.20. He also finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.33 and teamed with freshman Jonathan Haling, sophomore Joseph Cabral and junior Andrew Ibibo in the 4x400-meter relay to finish first in the event with a time of 3:20.15.

Other first-place finishers for the Spartan men came from senior Galen Caldwell, junior Aidan DeSanto, Cabral and junior Pat Shober. Galdwell picked up the win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:36.58, while DeSanto claimed first-place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:03.56. Cabral earned the title in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.99, Shober finished first in the javelin throw with a mark of 55.32 meters, and was followed in second place by freshman Brian Holden (54.07 meters).

Other top performers for the Spartan men at the meet came from Mlack in the 400-meter hurdles (third, 56.39), sophomore Ananth Suresh in the triple jump (third, 13.02 meters) and sophomore David Prigg in the pole vault (fourth, 3.65 meters).

Winning events for the Spartan women were juniors Claire Plunkett and Cassandra Laios. Plunkett picked up the win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:53.10. Laios finished first in the hammer throw with a mark of 46.09 meters, and added a fourth-place finish in the discus throw with a toss of 39.14 meters.

The CWRU women's 4x400-meter relay team of junior Marie-Louise Kloster, freshman Bari Love, senior Abby Casalnova and sophomore Olivia Newman finished third in the event with a time of 4:08.34.

Adding third-place finishes for the Spartan women included freshman Vanessa Pasadyn in the 800-meter run (2:22.07), Kloster in the 400-meter hurdles (1:08.04) and sophomore Shannon Carroll in the javelin throw (34.52 meters).

Case Western Reserve will return to competition next weekend, when the team travels to Delaware, Ohio for the Marv Frye Invitational, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, April 8th.