Shaffer’s Individual Title Leads the Way as Spartan Men Place Third at UAA Championship

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior Ty Shaffer (Myersville, Md./Middletown Senior) claimed an individual title in the 400-meter hurdles as the Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team placed third after the second and final day of the 2012 University Athletic Association Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The third-place finish tied for best for the program since 1995.

In the team standings, Washington University-St. Louis took home the championship with 195.5 points. Host Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) finished second with 149.5 points, while Case wound up amassing 118. The University of Chicago (Ill.) and Emory University (Ga.) were a close fourth (113) and fifth (111), respectively. New York University finished sixth (64) and Brandeis University (Mass.) rounded out the team standings in seventh (59).

Shaffer led a quartet of Spartans to the line in the finals of the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.40 seconds, the 10th-quickest time in NCAA Division III. Senior All-American Matt Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) was second stopping the clock in 54.67, while seniors Jim Mather (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and Nick Nelson (Urbana, Ohio/Urbana) wound up sixth and seventh, respectively.

In the other hurdle event of the meet, Jurcak crossed the line with a runner-up showing versus arch-rival Tyler Jackson of Washington-St. Louis. Jackson won the event with a time of 14.57 just ahead of Jurcak's mark of 14.78. Of note, Nelson (15.60) was third in the event, senior Jacob Miller (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius) was fifth (16.09) and Mather was sixth (16.23).

Additionally, junior Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) was seventh in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:29.90.

In field events, Miller finished sixth in the high jump clearing the bar at five feet, 10 inches. Freshman David Bass (Buffalo, N.Y./Tapestry) was sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 40'10.25".

With most of the squad having completed its season, select Spartans will next take to the track at the Gator Invitational on Friday, May 12th in Meadville, Pennsylvania.