Spartans Track & Field Close Competition at Two Meets on Saturday

Spartans Track & Field Close Competition at Two Meets on Saturday

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams competed at two meets on Saturday, with the men's and women's track athletes competing at the Marv Frye Invitational, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, and the men's and women's throwers competing at the Bob Kahn Invitational, hosted by Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

At the Marv Frye Invite, the Spartan men tallied nine top-three finishes and placed second at the meet with 106 points. The women gathered six top-three finishes and placed third at the meet with 87 points.

Senior Nathaniel Wahner led the Case Western Reserve men, winning both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. He finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.32 and placed first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.83. Wahner also teamed with juniors Ben Zelkin, Adrian Cannon and Zak Hurd in the 4x100-meter hurdles to place third with a time of 42.98.

The CWRU men's 4x400-meter relay team of junior Aidan DeSanto, senior Nico Ericksen-Deriso, junior Nicholas Knorz and senior Joe Ledger also added a third place finish in the event with a time of 3:26.38.

Other top performers for the Spartan men at the Marv Frye meet came from freshman Dominic Oddo in the long jump (second, 6.67 meters), junior James Gibson in the 1,500-meter run (second, 4:02.45), junior Grant Mlack in the 110-meter hurdles (third, 15.36) sophomore David Prigg in the pole vault (third, 3.98 meters) and sophomore Ananth Suresh in the triple jump (third, 12.89 meters).

Winning events for the Spartan women were junior Claire Plunkett, sophomore Olivia Newman and freshman Vanessa Pasadyn. Plunkett picked up the win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:39.86. Newman finished first in 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.06. Pasadyn placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.38, while also placing second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:50.74.

Newman and Pasadyn also team with senior Abby Casalnova and junior Marie-Louise Kloster in the 4x400-meter relay to finish third in the event with a time of 4:02.19. Junior Rachel Willard also added a third place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 10.27 meters.

At the Bob Kahn Invitational, the Spartan men and women each placed fourth. The men tallied 48 points, while the women gathered 60 points.

Juniors Jason Lockamy and Alex Nesvisky highlighted the men's performances at the meet. Lockamy finished first in the discus throw with a toss of 41.61 meters, and also placed second in the javelin throw with a mark of 40.63 meters. Nesvisky also picked up two top-three performances, finishing second in the shot put with a mark of 13.36 meters and placing third in the hammer throw with a toss of 43.11 meters.

For the Spartan women, junior Cassandra Laios and sophomore Shannon Carroll totaled four top-three finishes on Saturday. Carroll won the javelin throw with a toss of 34.47 meters, while Laios finished second in the hammer (45.74 meters), third in the discus throw (39.87 meters) and third in the shot put (12.05 meters).

Case Western Reserve will be back in Delaware next weekend, competing at the 2017 Outdoor All-Ohio Championships on Saturday, April 15th.