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Case Western Reserve University junior Brian Kent, a 197-pounder on the wrestling team, and junior Taylor Jackson, 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 weekend.
Kent led the Spartans at the 2020 NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships this weekend in Adrian, Michigan. Kent placed fifth in the 197-pound weight class, as he posted a 4-2 record and totaled 11.0 team points. On Friday, Kent opened his day with an 8-3 decision victory over Alma's Austin Fox. After a loss to Olivet's Trevor Piggot in the quarterfinals, Kent came back to earn a 10-5 decision over Manchester's Jasper Donaldson. Kent opened the second day of the regionals against Wabash's Jack Heldt. He claimed an 8-5 decision victory over Heldt, but then fell to Adrian's Devon Pingel in the consolation semifinals. Kent ended his day with a medical forfeit victory over Olivet's Trevor Piggott in the fifth-place match. Kent ends his season with a 29-13 overall record, including nine pins and one technical fall.
Jackson led the Spartan women at the 2020 UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend. Jackson claimed the UAA title in the weight throw on Saturday, as she hit a season-best distance of 15.80 meters. In addition, Jackson placed fifth in the shot put on Sunday with a toss of 11.33 meters. Her mark of 15.80 meters in the weight throw currently ranks first among University Athletic Association competitors.
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: McKenna Gross (women’s basketball) notched a career-high 19 points during the Spartans’ 71-70 double-overtime loss at Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. Gross connected on five-of-13 shots in the game, including three-of-nine three-point attempts, and made all six of her free throw tries. She added three rebounds and a steal during the game. Gross wrapped up her first season of collegiate basketball averaging 7.8 points per game. The Spartans finished the season with a 10-15 overall record, including a 5-9 mark in University Athletic Association contests.
Cole Frilling (men’s basketball) led the Spartans with 13 points during their 87-65 loss to Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. Frilling shot five-of-11 from the floor and connected on three-of-six three-point attempts, while collected six rebounds, dishing out one assist, and picking up one steal. He finished the campaign averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game on 50.6% shooting overall and 42.9% from three-point range, while also collecting 6.1 rebounds per game. In addition, his 17.9 points per game in conference play led all University Athletic Association players during the year. The Spartans finished the season with a 13-12 overall record, the team’s first winning season since 2014-15, while their six conference victories match the program record for the most in a 14-game UAA schedule.
Logan Singer (men’s track and field) led the Spartan men on the second day of competition at the 2020 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Singer finished second in the mile run with a new school record time of 4:13.03. That time bests the previous school record of 4:18.26 set by former Spartan Chris Kelly in 2011. His time currently ranks sixth in the UAA and 32nd in Division III.
Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) claimed All-UAA honors on the first day of competition at the 2020 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Oddo placed second in the long jump with a new school record mark of 7.04 meters. That mark breaks his previous school record of 7.00 meters set during the 2018 indoor season. His mark in the long jump currently ranks second in the UAA and tied for 26th among Division III competitors.
Julie Hines (women’s track and field) earned a seventh-place finish in the women’s 400-meter dash at the 2020 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Hines placed seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.81.
Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) led the ninth-ranked Spartans to three 9-0 wins last weekend, finishing the three matches with a 3-0 no. 1 doubles record and a 2-0 no. 1 singles mark. On Saturday afternoon against Wittenberg University, Chen teamed with junior Jonathan Powell to claim an 8-2 win over Jake Stockhausen and Brayden Kopp, and then defeated Kopp in straight sets in singles play, 6-1, 6-3. During the Spartans’ Sunday sweep of #34 Hobart, Chen and first-year James Hopper, ranked first in Division III, bested the 15th-ranked duo of Alan Dubrovsky and Walker Andrerson 8-4, and topped Dubrovsky (ranked 12th in the region) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. He wrapped up the weekend with an 8-2 doubles win with Hopper over Rochester’s Runjia Fang and Mark Zolotukhin in a 9-0 CWRU team victory. Chen improved to 13-6 in singles play this season (including a 4-0 mark at no. 1 singles) and stands at 26-2 in doubles matches, just seven wins shy of the program’s single season record. The Spartans have won five-straight matches to improve to 10-1 overall this season.
Shreya Ramani (women’s tennis) helped the 29th-ranked Spartans post a 1-1 record this past weekend as she went a perfect 2-0 in singles play and also added a 1-1 record in doubles action. In CWRU’s match against Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday, Ramani earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over Idoia Huerta at third singles. During the Spartans’ 6-3 win over Rochester (N.Y.) on Sunday, Ramani claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win over Abbey Reinhart at second singles, and also teamed with junior Nicole Cardwell to defeat Cami Ruiz Vega and Natalie Ramesh at second doubles. For the season, Ramani has posted an overall record of 8-4 in singles play and a 5-7 mark in doubles action.
Nick Denove (baseball) lifted the Spartans to a 3-1 win over the 10th-ranked College of Wooster with a complete-game effort on Sunday. Denove flummoxed the Scots’ bats throughout the game, allowing just five hits and striking out a career-high nine batters, while failing to walk a batter. He retired the first 10 batters he faced in the game, before allowing an infield hit with one out in the fourth inning, and did not surrender a run until there were two outs in the ninth inning. He improved to 1-0 on the season, and has allowed just one earned run through 16 innings, good for a 0.56 ERA, while striking out 16 batters and walking just one, and holding opponents to a .193 batting average. The Spartans have won back-to-back games, and have opened the 2020 campaign with a 2-2 record.
Jake Ryan (baseball) socked a pair of solo home runs on Sunday to help lead the Spartans to a 3-1 win against the 10th-ranked College of Wooster. Ryan finished the game two-for-four with a stolen base, hitting home runs to lead off the third and seventh innings. He is now batting .444 this season with eight hits in 18 at bats, including two doubles, a triple and three home runs. Ryan also moved into sole possession of sixth-place in program history with 14 career home runs. The Spartans have won back-to-back games, and have opened the 2020 campaign with a 2-2 record.
2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)