Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 25: Trey Razanauskas and Cassandra Laios

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 25: Trey Razanauskas and Cassandra Laios

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Case Western Reserve University sophomore Trey Razanauskas, a distance runner on the men’s track and field 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.

Razanauskas earned an All-UAA honor on Saturday to lead the Spartans at the 2019 University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships. He finished third in the 5,000-meter run with a new school record time of 14:40.40. That time bests the previous school record of 14:44.18 set by Aaron Johnston Peck in 2006. Razanauskas’ time in the 5,000-meter run currently ranks 17th among all Division III competitors this indoor season.

Laios led the Spartan women at the 2019 University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Laios claimed the UAA titles in both the weight throw and shot put, marking the second time in her career that she has swept the throwing events at the indoor championships. The first time was in during the 2017 UAA Indoor Championships. On Saturday, Laios won the weight throw with a toss of 17.92 meters. She followed that on Sunday by hitting a mark of 13.66 meters in the shot put to claim the title in the event. For the indoor season, Laios currently ranks fifth among all Division III competitors in the weight throw and ranks 11th in the shot put.

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: Monty Khela (men’s basketball) scored a career-high 22 points during the Spartans’ season finale against Carnegie Mellon University, a 97-91 overtime loss.  Khela shot eight-of-18 overall and three-of-10 from long range, while connecting on three-of-four free throws, to surpass his previous career-high of 19 points.  He also added four rebounds and a steal during the game, and did all of his scoring in the second half of the game, including 14 points in the final five minutes of regulation.  Khela also connected on a game-tying three pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.  He finished the season averaging 6.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.  CWRU ended its campaign with a 9-16 overall record, including a 2-12 mark in University Athletic Association play.

Kara Hageman (women’s basketball) ended her career on a high note, leading all Spartan players with 22 points and 16 rebounds during the team’s 69-52 win over Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday.  Hageman’s 22 points matched a season-high, while the 16 rebounds were a career-best.  She shot eight-of-11 overall in the game, including a perfect three-of-three from behind the three-point line, and added a three-for-four day from the free throw line.  In addition, she recorded a season-high five assists and picked up three steals.  The double-double was her conference-best 11th of the season and the 21st of her career, and she finished the season ranked fifth in the conference with 15.6 points per game and second with 9.9 rebounds per contest.  Case Western Reserve finished the season with a 15-10 overall record, including a 7-7 finish in University Athletic Association games, good for fourth in the conference.

Keith Erichsen (men’s swimming and diving) was a member of three relay teams that earned top-five finishes at the 2019 Midwest Invitational this past weekend. Erichsen was a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that finished third with a time of 3:51.99. He also was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished fifth with a time of 1:40.17 and added another fifth-place finish as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team with a time of 3:21.82.

Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving) was a member of three relay teams that broke two school records and also recorded three NCAA ‘B’ cut times this past weekend at the 2019 Midwest Invitational. Mestha was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished first with a new school record and ‘B’ cut time of 1:34.95. That time bests the previous record of 1:35.37 set at last weekend’s UAA championships. Mestha was then a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that finished first with a school record and ‘B’ cut time of 3:50.41. That time bests the previous record of 3:51.72 that was also set at the UAA Championships. She closed out the invite as a member of the 200-yard medley relay that finished first with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:44.73.

Isaac Collier (wrestling) led the Spartans at the 2019 NCAA Division III Central Regionals in Crawfordsville, Indiana this past weekend. Collier placed sixth in the 165-pound bracket after going 3-3 throughout the regional to gather 10.0 team points. He opened the weekend with a pin in 2:33 versus Alma’s Erick Arnegard. After a loss to Olivet’s Tyler Grimsley, Collier came back to earn a 3-2 decision over Ohio Northern’s Jordan Hardrick. On the second day of competition, Collier claimed a 7-2 decision over Muskingum’s Tanner Walker, but then fell to Mount Union’s Michael McIntire in the consolation semifinals. Collier’s day was ended in the fifth-place match on Saturday, as he lost an 8-2 decision to Grimsley. Collier ended the 2018-19 campaign with a 26-13 record, competing exclusively in the 165 weight class, and registered eight pins and one technical fall.

Madeline Lindemann (women’s track and field) claimed an All-UAA honor in the 5,000-meter run and earned a top-five finish in the 3,000-meter run at the 2019 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Lindemann finished second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:43.88 on Saturday. She then placed fifth in the 3,000-meter run on Sunday with a time of 10:08.54.

Ananth Suresh (men’s track and field) placed fifth in the triple jump with a new school record mark to lead the Spartan men on Sunday at the 2019 UAA Indoor Championships. Suresh finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 13.71 meters, which bests his previous school record of 13.43 meters set last weekend at the Kent State Tune Up. Suresh also added an eighth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 6.27 meters.

Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis) helped the 16th-ranked Spartans post a 1-1 record this past weekend. During Saturday’s 7-2 win over Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Paolucci teamed with sophomore Nicole Cardwell at first doubles to earn an 8-4 win over Katya Minchenkova and Thais Andreotti. She then earned a hard fought victory over Minchenkova at first singles, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). For the season, Paolucci leads the Spartans with a 9-4 singles record and has totaled a 10-3 record in doubles play.

Jonathan Powell (men’s tennis) helped lead the 18th-ranked Spartans to a sixth-place finish at the ITA Indoor National Championships last weekend.  Powell went 2-1 along with junior Anthony Kanam in the first doubles matches, and was 1-1 in sixth singles contests during the weekend.  In a 6-3 loss to third-ranked Chicago on Friday, Powell and Kanam picked up an 8-3 win over nationally sixth-ranked Tyler Raclin and Jeremy Yuan at first doubles, before Powell suffered a sixth-singles setback to Joshua Xu, 6-2, 6-2.  On Saturday, the duo claimed an 8-7 (4) win over nationally fifth-ranked Daniel Levine and Chaz Downing, while Powell picked up a key win at sixth singles over Sam Gibson, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, to help lead the Spartans to a 5-4 upset win over 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon.  In the fifth-place match on Sunday, a 5-0 loss to Gustavus Adolphus, Powell and Kanam lost 8-2 at no. 1 doubles to the third-ranked pairing in Division III, and Powell split sets in an unfinished match at sixth singles, 4-6, 6-1.  Following this weekend’s action, Powell improved to 8-2 in singles play and 14-4 in doubles action this year.  The Spartans stand at 5-2 overall on the season.

Matt Levine (baseball) allowed just one earned run over 8.1 innings of work in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings at Spalding University on Sunday.  Levine allowed just four hits and three walks, while striking out five batters and yielding just two total runs.  He pitched into the ninth inning, leaving the game with a 2-1 lead.  CWRU opened its 2019 campaign with a 0-3 record.

Jacob Kucia (baseball) hit .300 over three games for the Spartans last weekend.  Kucia picked up three hits in 10 at bats, including a double, while scoring one run, driving in a run, walking once and was hit by one pitch.  He also played perfect defense at third base throughout the weekend.  He picked up a hit in all three games.  Kucia and the Spartans have opened the season with a 0-3 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)

February 18th: Ananth Suresh (men’s track and field) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

February 25th: Trey Razanauskas (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)