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Case Western Reserve University junior Trey Razanauskas, a member of the men’s cross country team, and sophomore Anika Washburn, a midfielder on the women’s soccer team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.
Razanauskas earned all-conference first team honors with a fifth-place finish out of 75 runners at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday. He notched a time of 25:06.69 in the men’s 8K race. The All-UAA First Team honor was the first of Razanauskas' career, after he claimed all-conference second team honors last season with a 14th-place finish. It was the highest finish by a Spartan at the meet since Sam Merriman placed third overall in 2016. His finish helped the Spartans place fourth out of eight teams at the meet, the best finish at the UAA Championships for the team in the last 12 years.
Washburn helped the Spartans split a tough pair of road conference matches this weekend, as she scored three goals for six points. In the Spartans’ 2-0 win over #12 Chicago on Friday, Washburn broke both the program single-season goals and point’s record as her she scored both of the team’s goals in the match. With the two goals she increased her season total to 13 goals and 31 point, which beats the previous records of 12 and 30. Washburn first put the Spartans on the board in the eighth minute, scoring on a cross from first-year midfielder Merry Meyer. In the 83rd minute, Washburn struck again for the record-setting goal to secure the win. First-year midfielder Johanna Dunkers found Washburn on the edge of the box. She then beat a defender and struck the ball past the diving goalkeeper into the back of the net. In Sunday’s match against third-ranked Washington (Mo.), Washburn broke a scoreless tie with a penalty kick goal in the 52nd minute. The goal, Washburn’s 14th of the season, adds to the program single-season goals and points record she broke in the last match. For the season, Washburn now has 33 points on 14 goals and five assists. Washburn currently ranks first among all University Athletic Association players in goals and points, while also ranking third in shots (59). CWRU moved to 13-4-0 overall and 2-4 in the UAA after the weekend split.
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) tied the school record for career touchdown receptions, while helping lead the 20th-ranked Spartans to a 35-14 win over Bethany College at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday. Morgan finished the game with eight catches for 102 yards. He caught a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:30 remaining in the first half to tie the game at 14-14, and then snagged an eight-yard scoring grab with 6:20 remaining in the contest to put CWRU up by three touchdowns. He now has 57 catches for 795 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and his 31 career touchdown catches tie him with David Kallevig and Shaun Nicely for the program’s all-time record. Morgan and the Spartans improved to 8-0 with the win, and clinched at least a share of the 2019 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship with a 7-0 league record.
Cameron Brown (football) broke the school record for career sacks during the 20th-ranked Spartans 35-14 win over Bethany College on Saturday afternoon at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Brown finished the game with five tackles (three solo), including a sack, two tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble. The sack gives him 9.5 for the season, increasing his career total to 33.5 and pushing him past former Spartan Dale English (2008-11) for the most in the program’s history. Brown has 37 total tackles this season, including 15.5 for a loss, and has forced six fumbles during the campaign.
Travis Johnston (football) was a jack-of-all-trades for the 20th-ranked Spartans in their 35-14 win over Bethany College on Saturday at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio. On special teams, Johnston blocked with the game tied in the third quarter, helping the Spartans score the eventual game-winning touchdown on the ensuring drive. He also punted three times for an average of 37.0 yards, including placing two inside the 20-yard line, and returned two kicks for an average of 18.0 yards. Johnston rushed the ball eight times for 20 yards and two touchdowns on offense, and on defense, registered seven tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. He is second among all Spartan players this year with 54 tackles and leads the team with three fumble recoveries, and is averaging 22.3 yards on kick returns.
Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country) earned All-University Athletic Association Second Team honors after leading the Spartans with a 14th-place finish out of 76 runners at the conference championship meet on Saturday at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She crossed the finish line of the women's 6K with a time of 22:36.76. It was the second time in the last three years she has secured all-conference honors, after placing 11th overall in 2017. Lindemann and the Spartans finished sixth at the 2019 UAA Championships.
Karley King (volleyball) led the Spartans to a sweep over the College of Wooster and Buffalo State this past weekend. King had a team-best 23 kills on 46 total attempts for a .435 hitting percentage. She also added four digs and two total blocks. In the Spartans’ 3-1 win over Wooster, King totaled a season-best 16 kills on 33 total attempts for a .424 hitting percentage. For the season, King has tallied 189 kills (1.99 per set) and 39 total blocks (0.41 per set). CWRU improved to 11-15 overall with the two wins on Saturday.
Faith Ellis (volleyball) helped the Spartans pick up two wins in as many matches this past Saturday, as she gathered a team-best 37 assists (5.29 per set) and 19 digs (2.71 per set) throughout the two matches. In CWRU’s 3-1 win over Wooster, Ellis led the team with 23 assists and also added 16 digs. For the season, Ellis leads the squad with 502 assists (4.87 per set) and has also contributed 225 digs (2.18 per set).
Calvin Tecson (men’s swimming and diving) led the Spartan men to a 196-102 victory over NCAA Division II Ashland University on Saturday. Tecson claimed victories in the 50-yard freestyle (21.80) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.47). Tecson was also a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that won the event with a time of 3:34.92. In addition, he was a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that claimed the title in the event with a time of 3:14.15.
Cassiel Yuzik (men’s swimming and diving) swept the diving events on Saturday as the Spartan men claimed a 196-102 victory over Ashland University. Yuzik earned the title in the one-meter dive with a score of 251.77, while he added a win in the three-meter dive with a score of 228.83.
Kelly Moton (women’s swimming and diving) paced the Spartan women on Saturday as the squad earned a 178-119 victory over Ashland University. Moton earned the victory in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.12, and then claimed the title in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:31.78.
Jacob Frisch (wrestling) earned a major decision victory during the Cleveland Clash, hosted by Cleveland State University, on Friday evening at Woodling Gym. Frisch claimed a 19-7 major decision victory over John Carroll’s Dominic Devine at 133 pounds.
2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)