Jurcak's 110m Hurdle Victory Leads Spartans to Fourth Place at Marv Frye Invitational

Matt Jurcak won the 110m hurdles at the Marv Frye Invitational on Saturday. (photo courtesy of Sara Tincher)
Matt Jurcak won the 110m hurdles at the Marv Frye Invitational on Saturday. (photo courtesy of Sara Tincher)

DELAWARE, Ohio – All-American senior Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) won the 110-meter hurdles to lead the Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Marv Frye Invitational on Saturday, April 7 at Selby Field.

The Spartans totaled 100 points as a team, finishing behind host and team champion Ohio Wesleyan University (139), Heidelberg University (112) in second and Baldwin-Wallace College (107) in third. Muskingum University rounded out the top-five with 76.50 points.

Jurcak, the reigning University Athletic Association Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week, placed first of 18 sprinters in the 110 hurdle event with a time of 14.73 seconds. The 2012 indoor All-American was the only competitor in the event to cross the line in under 15 seconds. Jurcak also placed third in the 400m hurdles with a mark of 54.44.

In the 800m run, junior Michael Perisa (Cortland, Ohio/Warren JFK) and senior Phil Yeung (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) placed third and fourth, respectively, with times of 1:57.38 and 1:58.69. Yeung then followed up with a runner-up performance in the 1,500m run in 4:02.01.

Junior Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) also turned in a runner-up finish with a mark of 9:42.53 in the 3,000m steeplechase.

In field events, freshman Mark Kulinski (Oil City, Pa./Venango Catholic) and junior Nick Errico (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) went three-four in the pole vault with respective heights of 14 feet, five and one-half inches and 13'11.75."

The Spartans return to Selby Field next Saturday, April 14 for the annual All-Ohio Championship. Case's second-straight trip to Delaware will be the squad's final tune-up before the UAA Outdoor Championship on April 28-29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.