Laios Wins Discus Throw; CWRU Women Finish Fourth at 2017 UAA Championships

Laios Wins Discus Throw; CWRU Women Finish Fourth at 2017 UAA Championships

The Case Western Reserve University women's track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2017 University Athletic Association Outdoor Championships on Sunday, finishing fourth out of the seven teams at the meet, hosted by the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

The Spartans finished the meet with 103 points, placing behind Washington (213.50), host Chicago (182.50) and Emory (140.50). Following Case Western Reserve in the standings were Carnegie Mellon (86), NYU (52) and Brandeis (38.50).

Junior Cassandra Laios won the conference title in the discus throw with a mark of 39.10 meters. This marks the fourth time in program history that a Spartan has claimed the conference title in the event, the first since Amanda Kline in 2012.

In addition, two more Spartans claimed All-UAA honors on Sunday. In the javelin throw, sophomore Shannon Carroll placed second with a toss of 35.57 meters, her second All-UAA honor of the meet after finishing third in the shot put on Saturday. In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Olivia Newman placed third in the event with a time of 1:03.77.

Case Western Reserve also scored in a pair of relays on Sunday. The 4x100-meter relay team of Newman, junior Skylar Braga, freshman Bari Love and senior Abby Casalnova finished fourth with a mark of 50.00 seconds, while the 4x400-meter relay team of Newman, Casalnova, junior Marie-Louise Kloster and freshman Vanessa Pasadyn placed fifth with a time of 4:01.79.

Other individual scoring finishes on Sunday came from Kloster in the 400-meter hurdles (fifth, 1:05.17), Pasadyn in the 800-meter run (seventh, 2:20.41), junior Rachel Willard in the triple jump (eighth, 10.61m), freshman Marina Yu in the discus throw (sixth, 31.72m) and Laios in the javelin throw (fifth, 27.58m).

During the two-day competition, the Spartans totaled seven All-UAA honors, including conference championships from Laios in the hammer throw and shot put on Saturday.

With the UAA Championships now behind them, the Spartans will turn their focus to the home stretch of the season, and members of the squad with a chance to make NCAA Division III Championships in late May will continue to try to improve their qualifying marks. Case Western Reserve is slated to return to action at the GINA Relays, hosted by Hillsdale College, from Thursday, April 27th through Saturday, April 29th.