CWRU Track & Field Claims USTFCCCA Academic Honors

CWRU Track & Field Claims USTFCCCA Academic Honors

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams were recognized as All-Academic Teams by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while seven members of the team – seniors Nathaniel Wahner, Galen Caldwell and Temi Omilabu, juniors Sam Merriman and Cassandra Laios, and freshmen Jonathan Haling and Brian Holden - each claimed individual All-Academic honors.

The Case Western Reserve men had a team cumulative grade point average of 3.46, the ninth-highest among each of the teams recognized, while the women's team's GPA of 3.54 was the 18th-best among the programs receiving All-Academic status.

In order to receive All-Academic team honors, the program must have a minimum 3.10 team cumulative grade point average. A total of 111 men's teams and 183 women's teams across Division III were recognized with the honor.

Individual All-Academic honorees must be ranked in the top-50 in the nation in an event, while also maintain a GPA of at least 3.3. Wahner fulfilled the athletic requirement during both the indoor and outdoor season, ranking 18th in indoor 200-meter dash (22.23), 10th in the indoor 400-meter dash (48.89), 20th in the outdoor 100-meter dash (10.67), 17th in the outdoor 200-meter dash (21.43), 6th in the outdoor 400-meter dash (47.64) and 6th in the 4x400-meter relay (3:13.62).

Omilabu, Laios and Merriman also fulfilled the athletic requirement during the indoor and outdoor season, with Omilabu ranking 29th in the indoor weight throw (16.27 meters) and 44th in the outdoor hammer throw (49.19 meters), while Laios ranked 44th in the indoor weight throw (15.89 meters) and 23rd in the outdoor hammer throw (51.30 meters). Merriman ranked 41st in the indoor 5,000-meter run (15:01.43) and 23rd in Division III in the outdoor 5,000-meter run (14:29.93). The three other Spartan honorees fulfilled the athletic requirement during the outdoor season, with Caldwell ranking 46th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:25.67), Haling ranking 6th in 4x400-meter relay (3:13.62) and Holden ranking 48th in the javelin throw (56.19 meters).