CLAREMONT, Calif. – Case Western Reserve University senior Ty Shaffer (Myersville, Md./Middletown Senior) concluded his career in a Spartan uniform with an 11th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles on day one of the 2012 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championship at Fritz B. Burns Stadium on the campus of Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
Competing in the second of three flights, Shaffer dashed to a time of 53.51 seconds. His mark was good for third in the flight but did not make the cut (top nine) for tomorrow's finals. Overall, Shaffer placed 11th of the 20 competitors in the field.
Shaffer entered the meet with the 12th-fastest time in the nation after posting a school-record mark of 53.00 seconds at last week's Ron Althoff Invitational in Delaware, Ohio. He finishes his career as a two-time national qualifier and two-time University Athletic Association Champion.
The Spartan men's track & field team has two more student-athletes set to compete tomorrow on day two of the championship. Sophomore Harry Weintraub (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) makes his nationals debut in the hammer throw at 2:05 p.m. (PDT), while All-American senior Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) runs in the prelims of the 110m hurdles at 5:25 p.m. (PDT).