PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Case Western Reserve University men's track & field sophomore thrower Harry Weintraub (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) broke a 24-year-old University Athletic Association record in the hammer throw to lead the Spartans to a successful day one performance at the 2012 UAA Outdoor Championship at a rainy, cool and windy Gesling Stadium on Saturday.
Through day one, host Carnegie Mellon University leads the way with 72.5 team points. Washington University-St. Louis sits in second with 62.5 points followed by Case in third with 54 and the University of Chicago (Ill.) in fourth with 39. Rounding out the team scores are Emory University (Ga.) in fifth (24), New York University in sixth (15) and Brandeis University (Mass.) in seventh (3).
The second and final day of the meet at Gesling Stadium is scheduled to begin Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Weintraub highlighted the day with a championship throw of 184 feet, two inches on his third attempt in the hammer throw, eclipsing the previous league mark of 178'6" set by former Spartan Erwin Grabisna in 1988. Weintraub's throw also ranks him 13th in all of NCAA Division III in the event and was nearly 13 feet further than the next closest competitor. Also in the event, senior Eben Via (Evanston, Ill./Taylor Allderdice, Pa.) finished third with a toss of 171'3" to earn All-UAA honors.
In the pole vault, senior Frank VanTassell (Minneapolis, Minn./Red Wing) and freshman Mark Kulinski (Oil City, Pa./Venango Catholic) were second and third as each cleared the bar at a height of 13'5.75." VanTassell took second due to fewer total misses. Junior Nick Errico (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) also finished sixth with a height of 12'11.75".
In other field events, freshman Sam Reusser (Orrville, Ohio/Orrville) placed fifth in the shot put with a personal record toss of 46'0.5".
On the track, junior Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) recorded a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:27.45 behind Carnegie Mellon's Josh Newby and his UAA record time of 9:10.15.
In the the 4x800m relay event, the quartet of seniors Andrew Appelbaum (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) and Jim Mather (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) along with sophomores Phil Yeung (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and Michael Perisa (Cortland, Ohio/Warren JFK) won with a combined time of 7:53.97, knocking nearly 25 seconds off their seed time.
Also of note, a number of Spartans posted preliminary times to qualify for tomorrow's finals. Leading the way was the quartet of seniors Ty Shaffer (Myersville, Md./Middletown Senior), Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls), Mather and Nick Nelson (Urbana, Ohio/Urbana), posting four of the top-five times in the in the 400m hurdles. Jurcak, Nelson and senior Jacob Miller (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius) stopped the clock with three of the top-five marks in the 110-meter hurdles.