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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 week.
Laios joined elite company on Saturday by the winning the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Hammer Throw Championship at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Laios became the 15th NCAA Champion in the 50-year history of CWRU Spartans athletics, and the first since former Spartan men's tennis players Eric Klawitter and C.J. Krimbill claimed the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship. Competing her final collegiate event of her career, Laios was seeded second in the hammer with a then school-record mark of 55.96 meters. She finished first in the event on Saturday with a new school-record toss of 56.34 meters. Laios became the first Spartan track and field athlete to earn a national title during the outdoor season since former Spartan Obinna Nwanna won the decathlon in 2010. In addition, she becomes the first Spartan woman to win a national title during the outdoor season since former Spartan Esther Erb won the 10,000-meter run in 2008. In addition to her national title in the hammer throw, Laios also placed seventh in the discus on Thursday with a mark of 44.41 meters. Laios ends her CWRU career as the program-record holder in the hammer throw, shot put and discus, while also collecting three All-American honors and a national title throughout her spectacular career.
Razanauskas came close to adding the Spartans' third All-America honor of the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday afternoon, but fell just short, placing ninth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:06.97.
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) earned a 14th place finish in the men's decathlon at the 2019 Outdoor Championships this past weekend as he posted a score of 6,455 points. He competed in five events on Thursday and sat in ninth place after the first day with 3,552 points. Oddo earned a 12th place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.31 (793 points) and then placed tied for third in the long jump with a mark of 6.90 meters (790 points). He finished his last three events on Thursday with a 16th place finish in the shot put (10.95m, 543 points), a tied for ninth in the high jump (1.84m, 661 points) and a sixth place finish in the 400-meter dash (51.10, 765 points). Oddo opened the second day of the event with a time of 15.65 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, good for 10th overall, and adding 773 points to his score. He then earned an 11thplace finish in the discus (32.76m, 519 points) and 16th place finish in the pole vault (3.60m, 509 points). Oddo concluded the event with a 16th place finish in the javelin (40.00m, 442 points) and an eighth place finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:43.27, 660 points).
Madeleine Paolucci (women's tennis) became the first All-American singles players in the history of the women's tennis program as she picked up a win in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Singles Tournament on Friday in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Paolucci earned a hard-fought three-set victory over Caltech's Kana Moriyama in the round of 32. After falling in the first set by a score of 6-2, Paolucci came back to win 6-1 in the second set and then sealed the victory with a 6-0 win in the third set. However in the round of 16, Paolucci matched up with Catherine Allen of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and fell by a score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Allen entered the tournament as the No. 1 singles player in the West Region. The loss puts an end to a spectacular sophomore campaign for Paolucci. She racked up 19 wins for CWRU, despite facing some of the toughest competition in Division III in the no. 1 singles spot, and added a 17-11 doubles record during the year.
Matthew Chen (men's tennis) suffered a loss to Amherst College's Sean Wei in the first round of the NCAA Division III Singles Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chen fell in straight sets to Wei, losing 6-2, 7-5 in the round of 32.The loss puts an end to a spectacular sophomore campaign for Chen, who became the first Spartan player to qualify for the NCAA Individual Championships since the 2016 campaign. He racked up 14 wins for CWRU, despite facing some of the toughest competition in Division III in the no. 1 singles spot, and added a 29-8 doubles record during the year. Chen was also named to the All-UAA First Team earlier in the campaign.
2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)