Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Mar. 10: Matthew Chen and Cassandra Laios

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Mar. 10: Matthew Chen and Cassandra Laios

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Case Western Reserve University sophomore Matthew Chen, a member of the men’s tennis 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.

Chen won both of his singles and doubles matches during the 14th-ranked Spartans opening day of play during their Spring Break trip in Orlando, Florida.  Chen helped the Spartans to a 9-0 win over Scranton, opening the day with an 8-1 win at second doubles with Zach Hennessey over Brian Harkins and Charles Swope, and following that with a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles over Tarquin McGurrin.  Later in the day, during a 5-4 loss to 15th-ranked Carnegie Mellon, he and Hennessey secured an 8-5 win at second doubles over Ray Boppana and Nicholas Calzolano, and then topped Daniel Levine (ranked ninth nationally) in three sets at first singles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.  Chen improved to 8-6 overall on the season in singles matches, and to 16-4 in doubles action.  The Spartans stand at 6-3 overall on the season.

Laios earned her first career All-American honor at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. On the first day of the championships, Laios placed fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 17.98 meters. She became the first Spartan woman to earn an All-American honor during the indoor season since former Spartan Erin Hollinger finished third in the high jump at the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Laios followed that performance on Saturday by placing ninth in the shot put with a mark of 13.54 meters. Laios’ five points scored on Friday helped the Spartans place in a tie for 43rd-place at the meet.

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: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) competed in the men’s heptathlon at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. He competed in four events on Friday as he earned a seventh-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.30 (779 points) and then placed 11th in the long jump with a mark of 6.39 meters (673 points). Oddo finished the last two events on Friday with a 13th place finish in the shot put (10.75m, 531 points) and tied for 17th in the high jump (1.77m, 602 points). He opened the second day of the event with a time of 8.80 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, good for second in his heat and eighth overall, and adding 791 points to his score.  However, he was unable to add any points in the pole vault, and despite posting a time of 2:53.48 in the 1,000-meter run for another 730 points, placed 18th overall with a score of 4,106.

Trey Razanauskas (women’s track and field) competed in the men’s 5,000-meter run on Friday at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Razanauskas was seeded 16th in the 5,000-meter run with a school record time of 14:31.07. He placed 15th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:59.88.

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)

March 4th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Shahed Eid (women’s track and field)

March 10th: Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)