Laios Claims Two UAA Championships; CWRU Women in Third After Day 1

Laios Claims Two UAA Championships; CWRU Women in Third After Day 1

Case Western Reserve University junior Cassandra Laios won two conference titles during the first day of the competition at the 2017 University Athletic Association Championships, pacing the Spartans women to third in the team standing after Saturday's action at the meet, hosted by the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Case Western Reserve finished the day in third place, accumulating 56.0 points during the day. Chicago finished the day in first place with 69.0 points and Washington is in second with 67.0 points.

Laios won the hammer throw, setting a school record with a mark of 49.56 meters. The distance broke the previous school-record mark of 49.01 meters, set by senior Temi Omilabu last season. She became just the third Spartan ever to win the event at the UAA Outdoor Championships, joining Amanda Kline (2012) and Omilabu (2016). Omilabu claimed All-UAA honors with a second-place finish in the event with a throw of 49.19 meters, and junior Nimi Gupta (45.90m) and freshman Marina Yu (41.95m) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to add to the Spartans team score.

Laios also won the conference title in the shot put, becoming the first Spartan to win the event since 2012. She finished first on Saturday with a mark of 12.00 meters.

Sophomore Shannon Carroll added an All-UAA honor with a third-place finish in the shot put, notching a mark of 11.51 meters.

Adding a scoring finish on Saturday was junior Skylar Braga in the long jump (fourth, 5.23m), junior Claire Plunkett in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (seventh, 11:38.27) and the Spartans 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Maria DeRenzo, freshman Maria King, freshman Shahed Eid and freshman Vanessa Pasadyn (sixth, 10:01.09).

In addition to Saturday's scorers, three Spartans qualified for finals in events on Sunday, based their performances in preliminaries during the first day. Junior Marie-Louise Kloster earned a spot in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles after placing second in the preliminaries with a time of 1:06.57, while sophomore Olivia Newman also earned a spot after finishing fourth with a time of 1:06.25. In the 800-meter run, Pasadyn clinched her spot in the finals with a time of 2:18.68, and good for a sixth-place finish in the preliminaries.

The second day of the 2017 UAA Outdoor Championships is slated to begin with the field events at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, followed by events on the track at 12:30 p.m. ET.