ATLANTA – All-American senior sprinter Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) turned in one of the quickest times in the nation this spring in the 110-meter hurdles leading a select group of student-athletes from the Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team to a tie for seventh place out of 21 teams on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 at the Emory Track & Field Classic.
Jurcak, who finished fifth at the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship in the 60-meter hurdles early this month, bested the field at Emory with a time of 14.61 seconds, the fourth-quickest time outdoors in the nation this spring.
Also on the track, senior Jim Mather (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) collected a runner-up showing in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.27.
During field events, the duo of sophomore Harry Weintraub (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) and senior co-captain Eben Via (Evanston, Ill./Taylor Allderdice, Pa.) finished first and second in the hammer throw, respectively. Weintraub's best toss of 175 feet, three inches narrowly edged out Via's high mark of 174' 6" to claim the individual event title.
Via also turned in a fifth-place showing and four team points with a toss of 41' 5" during the shot put competition.
University Athletic Association foe and host Emory won the team title scoring 170 points ahead of second-place Oberlin College with 104.
The Spartans are back in action on Saturday, April 7 at the Marv Frye Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. Events are set to begin at 11:00 a.m. in Delaware.