Shaffer, Jurcak Win Individual Events for Spartan Men During All-Ohio Meet

Ty Shaffer (photo by Sara Tincher)
Ty Shaffer (photo by Sara Tincher)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Senior Ty Shaffer (Myersville, Md./Middletown Senior) was victorious by more than a second in the 400-meter hurdles event and classmate Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) led the field home in the 110m hurdles to pace the Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team to an 11th-place finish of 21 teams competing during the 2012 Division III All-Ohio Championship on Saturday at Selby Field.

The University of Mount Union claimed the team title with 118.50 points, while host Ohio Wesleyan University was second with 99 points. Baldwin-Wallace College (73) was third, Heidelberg University (59.50) finished fourth and Defiance College (52.50) rounded out the top five.

Shaffer crossed the line ahead of 19 other contestants in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.32 for 10 team points, more than 1.1 seconds ahead of second-place Ethan Freet from Ohio Wesleyan. Picking up two more points for the Spartans during the same event was senior Jim Mather (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) with his seventh-place finish (57.74).

In the 110m hurdles, Jurcak stopped the clock faster than 19 other participants with a time of 14.61. Classmate Nick Nelson (Urbana, Ohio/Urbana) tacked on two more team points via a seventh-place finish (15.80).

Other point-scoring performances during track events came from sophomore Corey Williams (Massillon, Ohio/Perry) in the 5,000m run (5th, 15:37.92), senior Phil Yeung (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) in the 1,500m run (6th, 4:03.66) and sophomore David Dixon (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) in the 3,000m steeplechase (8th, 9:52.28).

In field events, senior pole vaulter Frank VanTassell (Minneapolis, Minn./Red Wing) scored an eighth-place finish clearing a height of 13 feet, 10 and one-half inches for one team point.

The Spartans now have nearly two weeks off from competition before the University Athletic Association Championship Meet on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 at Gesling Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hosted by Carnegie Mellon University.