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Case Western Reserve University junior Dominic Oddo, a multi-event competitor on the men’s track and field team, and junior Shahed Eid, a sprinter on the women’s track and field team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.
Oddo set a new school record in men’s heptathlon at the 2019 Polar Bear Last Chance Meet this past weekend. Oddo set a new school-record in the men's heptathlon with a score of 4,709 points. His 4,709 points broke his previous school record of 4,615 points set at the 2018 All-Ohio Division III Multi-Events Championships. Oddo placed second in four of the seven events throughout the two-day meet. He claimed second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.37 (755 points) and also earned a second-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.65 meters (732 points). Oddo placed second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.79 (793 points) and then finished second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:57.59 (688 points). Oddo also added a third-place finish in the pole vault (3.80m, 562 points), finished tied for fourth in the high jump (1.81m, 636 points) and placed fifth in the shot put (10.95m, 543 points). His performance this past weekend qualified him to compete in the heptathlon at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, Massachusetts on March 8th-9th.
Eid led the Spartan women on Saturday at the 2019 Polar Bear Last Chance Meet. She finished fourth in the women’s 800-meter run with a season-best time of 2:24.46.
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: Michael Hradesky (men’s track and field) placed first in the 800-meter run at the 2019 Polar Bear Last Chance Meet this past weekend. He crossed the finish line in the event with a time of 1:58.43.
Abbey Waltz (women’s track and field) placed fourth in the pole vault at the 2019 Polar Bear Last Chance Meet this past weekend. She finished fourth in the event with a mark of 3.41 meters.
Scott Kutschke (baseball) pitched flawless baseball on Saturday to help lead the Spartans to an 11-4 win over Allegheny College in the opening game of a doubleheader. Kutschke entered the game with two on and two outs in the first inning, and proceeded to induce an inning-ending groundout on his first pitch of the contest. He proceeded to retire the next nine batters he faced in the game in order, picking up the victory in the game. Kutschke finished the game with four strikeouts over 3.1 perfect innings of work. Through two appearances this season, he has allowed just one hit and no walks through four innings, and stands at 1-0. The Spartans have opened the season with a 2-3 overall record.
Tyler Wypiszenski (baseball) helped lead the Spartans to a sweep of a doubleheader against Allegheny College on Saturday. Wypiszenski hit .444 (four-of-nine) with three runs scored, a double, a triple, three RBIs, and a walk, while also stealing one base. He finished the two games with an on base percentage of .500 and a slugging percentage of .778. In addition, he played perfect defense behind home plate, and threw out one-of-two base runners to attempt a steal against him. In the early game, an 11-4 CWRU win, Wypiszenski went two-for-four with three RBIs, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base, while also collecting a double and a triple. His triple came in the bottom of the first inning and helped the Spartans tie the score at 2-2 at the time. In the second contest, a 4-3 come-from-behind win for CWRU, he went two-for-five with a pair of singles, scoring a key run in the seventh, and plating the eventual game-winning run in the eighth when he reached on an error with the bases loaded. Wypiszenski is batting .263 through the team’s first five games of the year with three RBIs, four runs scored and two stolen bases. The Spartans have opened the season with a 2-3 overall record.
Sarah Miller (softball) recorded two doubles and scored a run this past weekend to lead the Spartans. For the season, Miller ranks tied for first on the team with a .400 batting average (two-for-five).
2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)