Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 11: Adam Kates and Cassandra Laios

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 11: Adam Kates and Cassandra Laios

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Case Western Reserve University freshman Adam Kates, a 125-pounder on the wrestling team, and graduate student Cassandra Laios, a thrower on the women’s track and field team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Kates was named the University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, as he won both of his matches on Saturday at the UAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Kates became the first CWRU wrestler since Brian McNamara in 2016 and the seventh Spartan overall to be selected as the conference Rookie of the Year, which was first awarded at the 2001 UAA Championships. Kates was also the All-UAA wrestler in the 125-pound weight class, becoming the fifth Spartan in the 125-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor, the first since Matt Moy in 2017. Kates pinned New York University’s Jonathan Keltz in 51 seconds during the first match, and added a 6-5 decision victory over Chicago’s David Traub in the later match. For the season, Kates is 13-15 overall in the 125 weight class and has totaled six pins.

Laios led the Spartan women to a fifth-place finish at the 2019 All-Ohio Indoor Championships on Saturday in Westerville, Ohio. Laios claimed the title in the weight throw with a school-record mark of 18.05 meters, besting her previous school record of 17.92 meters set at last season’s All-Ohio Indoor Championships. She also added a first-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.09 meters. Laios’ mark of 18.05 meters in the weight throw currently ranks first among all University Athletic Association competitors and fourth among all Division III competitors.

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: Ryan Newton (men’s basketball) averaged a team-best 13.0 points per game during the Spartans’ final two University Athletic Association road games of the season last weekend.  Newton made 10-of-21 shots overall (47.6%) and four-of-11 from three-point range (36.4%), while also averaging 4.0 rebounds per game, four assists and a steal.  He finished an 81-71 loss to New York University on Friday night with 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds, shooting six-of-nine from the floor and one-of-three from long range, while also collecting two assists and a steal.  On Sunday, during a 71-66 overtime loss at Brandeis, scored a team-high 11 points, shooting four-of-12 from the floor and three-of-eight from behind the three-point line, including a long buzzer-beating three at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.  He also had three rebounds and two assists in the contest.  For the year, he is second among CWRU players with 9.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.  Newton and the Spartans currently stand at 9-13 overall with a 2-9 conference record. 

Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball) led the Spartans with 19.5 points per game and added 8.0 rebounds per contest during a pair of University Athletic Association road games last weekend.  Hellmann shot 41.5% (17-of-41) overall and 26.7% (four-of-15) from three-point range, while adding four assists, three blocks and four steals.  During an 83-72 loss at New York University on Friday, Hellmann shot eight-of-23 overall and two-of-eight from three-point range, while collecting eight rebounds, two assists and a career-high matching four steals.  She followed that with a game-high 20 point performance in a 67-55 win at Brandeis, shooting nine-of-18 overall and two-of-seven from three-point range, in addition to finishing the contest with eight rebounds, two assists and a season-high three blocks.  For the season, Hellmann leads all UAA players with 17.4 points per game and is third in the league with 8.2 rebounds per contest.  The Spartans stand at 13-9 overall on the season and 5-6 in league play this year.

Madeline Lindemann (women’s track and field) crossed the finish line in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:44.74 to place first in the event at the 2019 All-Ohio Indoor Championships this past Saturday. Lindemann’s time currently ranks fourth in the UAA.

Trey Razanauskas (men’s track and field) led the Spartans men to a fourth-place finish at the 2019 All-Ohio Indoor Championships on Saturday in Westerville, Ohio. Razanauskas earned the title in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:49.44, which currently ranks fourth among all UAA competitors.

Jordan Butler (men’s track and field) claimed the top spot in the long jump with a mark of 6.77 meters to help the Spartan men place fourth out of 18 teams at the All-Ohio Indoor Championships on Saturday. Butler’s mark in the long jump currently ranks third in the UAA.

Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) went a perfect 2-0 in both singles and doubles matches to open the season on Saturday.  Chen opened the day with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Patrick McAuley in the first singles match, and teamed with junior Zach Hennessey for an 8-3 win over Duncan Roy and Andrew Denning in the second doubles match, helping CWRU to a 9-0 win over Wabash College.  Later on Saturday, in a 9-0 win over the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, he topped Ian Landwehr 7-5, 6-3 at no. 1 singles, and claimed an 8-3 win in the no. 1 doubles match with sophomore Jonathan Powell over Landwehr and Andre Adam.  Chen improved to 5-3 overall on the season and to 11-3 in doubles action in 2018-19.  Case Western Reserve, ranked 18th among Division III teams, has opened its 2018-19 season with a 3-0 record.

2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 10th: Garrett Winter (men's soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)

September 17th: Drew Saxton (football) & Christina Hickson (women's soccer)

September 24th: Ian Henderson (football) & Jessica Liu and Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis)

October 1st: Charlie Fink (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 8th: Colt Morgan (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 15th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 22nd: Cameron Brown (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 29th: Alex Besl (men’s soccer) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)

November 5th: Drew Saxton (football) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

November 12th: Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

November 19th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

November 26th: Ryan Newton (men’s basketball) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

December 3rd: Isaac Collier (wrestling) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

December 10th: Jonathan Haling (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

January 7th: Jacob Frisch (wrestling) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

January 14th: Michael Hollis (men’s basketball) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

January 22nd: Sam Hansen (men’s basketball) & Olivia Picchione (women’s swimming and diving)

January 28th: Cassiel Yuzik (men’s swimming and diving) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

February 4th: Gavin Dersh-Fisher (wrestling) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

February 11th: Adam Kates (wrestling) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)