Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 5: Dominic Oddo and Brooke Hortness

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 5: Dominic Oddo and Brooke Hortness

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Case Western Reserve University sophomore Dominic Oddo, a multi event competitor on the men’s track and field team, and senior Brooke Hortness, a diver on the women’s swimming and diving team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Oddo broke the school record in the heptathlon at the All-Ohio Multi-Events Championship on Sunday. Oddo scored 4,615 points to break the previous school record of 4,523 points set by Michael Cohara in 2012. Oddo placed within the top four of each event throughout the two-day championship. He won the jump with a leap of 6.78 meters (762 points), which set a new meet record in the event. Oddo also finished tied for first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56 (846 points). He had three third-place finishes in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.32 (772 points), the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:54.97 (714 points) and the high jump with mark of 1.82 meters (644 points). He also added two fourth-place finishes in the pole vault (3.09m, 379 points) and the shot put (10.20m, 498 points). His score of 4,615 points in the heptathlon currently ranks first in the University Athletic Association.

Hortness swept both diving events on Saturday to help the Spartan women pick up wins against Baldwin Wallace University and Ursuline College. Hortness earned the win in the three-meter dive with a score of 226.35 and then claimed the title in the one-meter dive with a score of 214.20.

The Spartan Club Athletes of the Week are selected by the CWRU Department of Athletics each Monday, based on their performance during the previous week of competition.

Honorable Mention: Kendall McConico (women’s basketball) averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists over a pair of games last weekend for the Spartans, helping the team to a split of a pair of home University Athletic Association games. McConico is averaging 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season, while leading all CWRU players with a 44.5% shooting mark from the floor.  The Spartans are 4-15 overall on the season and 1-8 in conference play. 

T.J. Duckett (men’s basketball) led the Spartans to a pair of wins last weekend, averaging a double-double with 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds over the two games. For the year, he leads all UAA players with a 61.7% field goal percentage, is second in the conference with 10.6 rebounds per game, and ranks sixth in the UAA with 14.4 points per contest. Duckett and the Spartans have won five-straight UAA games to improve to 12-8 overall and 6-3 in the league, good for third place in the UAA standings.

Michael Hradesky (men’s track and field) helped the Spartan men place fourth with 77.5 points at the Joe Banks Invitational on Saturday. Hradesky won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.47. He also was a member of the men’s 4x400-meter relay that finished third in the event with a time of 3:26.33.

Olivia Newman (women’s track and field) Newman earned a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles to help the Spartan women finish third out of 14 teams at the Joe Banks Invitational. Newman finished first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.31, which currently ranks sixth in the UAA. She also added a second-place finish in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:19.95.

Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) helped the Spartan women score 83.5 points to finish third out of 14 teams at the Joe Banks Invitational on Saturday. Laios finished first in the weight throw with a mark of 16.93 meters and then took first in the shot put with a toss of 13.68 meters. Her marks in both the weight throw and shot put ranked first in the University Athletic Association this week.

Keith Erichsen (men’s swimming and diving) helped the Spartan men pick up a 229-66 win over Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday. Erichsen took the title in two events on Saturday, winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.06 and then claiming the victory in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.22.

Cassiel Yuzik (men’s swimming and diving) swept both diving events on Saturday to help the Spartan men claim a 229-66 victory over Baldwin Wallace University. Yuzik earned the title in the one-meter dive with a score of 249.60 and then claimed the win in the three-meter dive with a score of 237.15.

Olivia Picchione (women’s swimming & diving) helped the Spartan women pick up wins against Baldwin Wallace University and Ursuline College on Saturday. Olivia Picchione won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.52, which is a season-best time in the event. She also claimed the title in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:02.33, which is a season-best time in the event and also ranks 15th among University Athletic Association swimmers.

Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) won his only singles match of the week.  Chen topped an NCAA Division I opponent, besting Northern Illinois University’s Kristopher Ortega 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second singles match during the Spartans’ 5-2 team loss on Sunday.  He improved to 7-4 in singles matches this season, as the Spartans fell to 0-2 on the year with a pair of team losses to Division I opponents Northern Illinois and Cleveland State University. 

2017-18 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 5th: Justin Phan (football) & Elle Zadina (women's soccer)

September 11th: Zachary Senft (men's soccer) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 18th: Jacob Burke (football) & Danielle Kulpins (women's cross country)

September 25th: Calvin Boyle (men's soccer) & Nithya Kanagasegar (women's tennis)

October 2nd: Rob Cuda (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)

October 9th: Andrew Banathy (football) & Kimberly Chen (women's soccer)

October 16th: Rob Cuda (football) & Karley King (volleyball)

October 23rd: Justin McMahon (football) & Elle Zadina (women’s soccer)

October 30th: Michael Balog (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

November 6th: Paul Darmstadter (men’s soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)

November 13th: Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s cross country)

November 20th: Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

November 27th: Justin Phan (football) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

December 4th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

December 11th: Andrew Ibibo (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

January 2nd: T.J. Duckett (men’s basketball) & Alexis Amburgey (women’s basketball)

January 8th: Andrew Munn (wrestling) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

January 16th: Connor Nally (men’s basketball) & Emily Todd (women’s basketball)

January 22nd: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Olivia Newman (women’s track and field)

January 29th: Ignas Masiulionis (men’s basketball) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field)

February 5th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Brooke Hortness (women’s swimming and diving)