Spartan Men Fall to Rival CMU, but Help Bring Home Obelisk Trophy

Spartans raise the Obelisk trophy (photo by Lynne Browske)
Spartans raise the Obelisk trophy (photo by Lynne Browske)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team fell in dual meet action versus rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) by a narrow tally of 69-58. However, the Spartan women won their side of the meet, 95-32, giving CWRU the higher combined point total (153-101) and claim to the Obelisk Trophy in 2012.

The Obelisk Trophy is awarded to the winning school in what has become an annual dual meet between the two programs started by current CWRU head coach Steve Rubin.

The men were victorious in five individual events and one relay.  

Sophomore Andrew Barnhart (Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley) was a double-winner in the long jump (21 feet, 11 and one-half inches) and triple jump competitions (42' 6"). Additionally, senior Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) won two events outracing the field in both the 55-meter hurdles (7.68) and the 200-meter dash (22.88).

Junior Nick Errico (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) claimed the pole vault title (13' 5.25"), while senior Ty Shaffer (Myersville, Md./Middletown Senior) was victorious in the 400-meter dash (51.71).

The distance medley relay team also crossed the line ahead of the field in a time of 10:37.15.

Select Spartans return to the track next weekend on Friday, February 10 at the Baldwin-Wallace College Mid-February Meet at 5:00 p.m., while most of the team will compete at the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday, Feb. 11 inside the Clements Recreation Center on the campus of Otterbein University.