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Case Western Reserve University junior Trey Razanauskas, a member of the men’s cross country team, and sophomore Abbey Lawrence, a guard/forward on the women’s basketball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.
Razanauskas placed fourth overall out of 255 runners to lead the 20th-ranked Spartans at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Razanauskas crossed the finish line of the race (which was run approximately 500 meters short of the usual 8K due to course conditions) with a time of 24:08.3. The finish earned him All-Region honors for the second-straight year, and helped CWRU place fourth overall in the team standings at the meet. Razanauskas and the Spartans will compete at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, November 23rd.
Lawrence was the Spartans’ leading scorer during all three of the team’s games last week. Lawrence averaged 20.3 points over the three games, shooting 44.4% overall, 41.2% from three-point range, and 82.4% from the free throw line. She also added 4.0 rebounds per game, three assists and four steals. On Tuesday, in a 47-45 loss at Kenyon, she finished the game with 15 points and four rebounds, making six-of-13 shots overall and converted three-of-six three-point attempts. Lawrence followed that by matching her career-high with 21 points in a 71-64 loss to Washington and Jefferson on Friday night, as she shot seven-of-16 overall and two-of-four from three-point range, while adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals. On Saturday, she eclipsed her career high once again with a 25-point effort, making seven-of-16 shots overall, including a pair of three-pointers, and converting nine-of-11 free throw attempts. Lawrence has led the team in scoring through each of its four games this season, and she is currently the conference leader in points per game with 20.5. The Spartans have opened the campaign with a 0-4 record.
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: Colt Morgan (football) caught 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown during the Spartans’ 24-21 loss at Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. It was his second game this season of 10 or more receptions, and his fourth career effort of 10 or more catches, while he eclipsed the 100 yard mark in a game for the seventh time this season and the 11th time over his career. Furthermore, the touchdown catch gave him sole possession of the program’s career record with 32, while he surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving mark, becoming just the second Spartan ever with multiple seasons of 1,000 or more receiving yards. Morgan finished the regular season with 75 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Spartans, who are 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the PAC, will face Union in the first round of the NCAA postseason on Saturday, November 23rd.
Andrew Lease (football) helped lead a strong defensive effort for the Spartans in a 24-21 setback at Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. Lease finished the game with five total tackles (three solo), including 1.5 sacks and 2.5 total for a loss. His play helped the Spartans limit Carnegie Mellon to just six first downs and 147 total yards, including 33 rushing and 114 passing. For the season, Lease has totaled 30 tackles (11 solo), and is third on the team with 7.0 tackles for a loss and 5.0 sacks
Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country) was the Spartans’ top finisher at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lindemann placed seventh out of 233 runners in the field, crossing the finish line of the course (which was run approximately 400 meters short of the usual 6K distance due to course conditions) with a time of 21:35.0. The finish earned Lindemann all-region honors for the second-straight year, and allowed her to qualify individually for the NCAA Division III Championships in Louisville, Kentucky on November 23rd.
Monty Khela (men’s basketball) had a career day for the Spartans during the team’s 73-67 loss at Otterbein College on Wednesday. Khela finished the game with a season-high 15 points, while collecting a career-best 15 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. He shot seven-of-13 overall from the floor in the game, while also dishing out a team-high five assists. For the campaign, Khela is second among all CWRU players with 11.0 points per game and leads the team with 7.7 rebounds per contest, while shooting 40.7% from the floor. The Spartans have opened the season with a 2-1 record.
Brad Staron (wrestling) led the Spartans at the CWRU Mini Invitational on Saturday. Staron finished the day at 2-0, as he earned pins over Defiance’s Logan Hawn (4:43) and over Ohio Wesleyan’s Zach Smith (1:10). For the season, Staron has posted a 2-2 overall record in the 141 pound weight class, with both wins coming by fall.
2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)