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Case Western Reserve University sophomore Trey Razanauskas, a distance runner on the men’s track and field team, and senior Olivia Newman, 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.
Razanauskas claimed the All-Ohio Outdoor tittle in the men’s 10,000-meter run at the 2019 All-Ohio Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Delaware, Ohio. Razanauskas finished first in the event with an All-Ohio record breaking time of 30:49.55. His time in the 10,000-meter run currently ranks second among University Athletic Association competitors and 15th among all NCAA Division III competitors.
Newman claimed an All-Ohio honor in the women’s 400-meter hurdles this past weekend after placing second in the event with a time of 1:04.68. Newman’s time of 1:04.68 in the event currently ranks third among all University Athletic Association competitors and 32nd among Division III competitors. Newman was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that placed fourth (49.82) and a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that also placed fourth (4:05.70).
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: Scott Kutschke (baseball) pitched three and two-thirds innings of one-hit baseball in relief during the Spartans’ 4-1 win over Emory University in the opening game of the series. Kutschke entered the game in the sixth with one out and the potential game-tying run at the plate, and induced an inning ending double play. He went on to close out the game for his team-leading third save of the year, striking out three batters and failing to walk one during his effort. In 10 appearances out of the bullpen this season, Kutschke is 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA and three saves, while striking out 31 batters and walking just three over 32.1 innings of work. The Spartans stand at 18-11 overall following the weekend series.
Jake Ryan (baseball) led the Spartans’ offensive during their four-game series with Emory, batting .375 with four extra base hits. Ryan was six-of-16 during the series with three doubles, one home run, two RBIs, six runs scored and three walks, recording a slugging percentage of .750 and an on base percentage of .474. He was two-for-five with a double and a solo home run during the series-opening 4-1 CWRU win, scoring two runs and driving in one. In the second game, he scored two more runs, while going one-for-three at the plate with his second double of the series. Ryan added a two-for-four game in the series’ third game, picking up a pair of base hits and scoring a run, and concluded the series with a one-for-four performance with a double, a run scored and an RBI. For the year, Ryan is second among all CWRU players with a .341 batting average, while leading the team with 12 doubles, five home runs, 27 RBIs. The Spartans stand at 18-11 overall following the weekend series.
Nicole Carty (softball) batted .364 (4-for-11) and stole one base during this past weekend for the Spartans. During CWRU’s 4-2 victory over 21st-ranked Brandeis on Friday, Carty went two-for-three at the plate with one walk. For the season, Carty leads the squad with a .420 batting average (34-for-81) with 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 13 runs batted in. In addition, Carty currently ranks fourth among University Athletic Association players in batting average. Case Western Reserve is 16-10 overall on the season, including a 5-5 mark in conference play.
Ilissa Hamilton (softball) posted a 1-1 record on the mound this past weekend, as she posted a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 inning pitched. Hamilton allowed four earned on 12 hits and three walks, while striking out 14 batters. During the team’s 4-2 win over 21st-ranked Brandeis on Friday, Hamilton allowed two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out 10 hitters. For the season, she leads the team with eight wins (8-4) and ranks first on the squad with 85 strikeouts. Hamilton’s 85 strikeouts also currently rank second among all UAA players.
Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) claimed All-Ohio honors in three separate events this past weekend at the 2019 All-Ohio Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Delaware, Ohio. Laios earned first-place in the hammer throw with a mark of 55.05 meters to best her previous school record of 54.52 meters set last weekend. Laios added another All-Ohio honor in the shot put, placing second with a toss of 13.29 meters, and in the discus by finishing second with a mark of 42.08 meters. Laios’ mark in the hammer currently ranks first in the UAA and first among all NCAA Division III competitors. In addition, her mark of 42.08 meters in the discus ranks first in the UAA and 23rd among Division III competitors.
Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) placed first in the men’s long jump at the 2019 All-Ohio Outdoor Championships this past weekend. Oddo earned the title in the event with a mark of 6.88 meters, which currently ranks first in the UAA and 41st among Division III competitors. In addition, Oddo finished tied for seventh in the high jump with a mark of 1.83 meters.
Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis) posted a 1-1 record in singles action and also teamed with sophomore Nicole Cardwell to record a 1-1 doubles mark this past weekend. During the Spartans match against 15th-ranked Washington University (Mo.), Paolucci and Cardwell teamed together defeat Lisa Chionis and Ally Persky 8-2 at first doubles. In addition, Paolucci earned a 7-6 (7-6), 7-6 (7-0) win over Persky at first singles. For the season, Paolucci leads the team with a 17-7 singles record, while posting a 16-9 mark in doubles play.
2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)