Spartans Unable to Capture Obelisk Trophy, Men Fall to Rival CMU

Andrew Barnhart won the triple jump for the third season in a row. (photo by Lynne Browske)
Andrew Barnhart won the triple jump for the third season in a row. (photo by Lynne Browske)

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team fell in dual meet action versus rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) by a margin of 82-45 on Saturday afternoon at the Veale Center. The Spartan women were victorious, but the visitors maintained a higher combined point total to take home the Obelisk Trophy.

The Obelisk Trophy is awarded to the winning school in what has become an annual dual meet between the two programs started by former CWRU Head Coach Steve Rubin.

The Spartan men were victorious in four individual events for the day, including three in field events.

After winning the triple jump the past two seasons, senior Andrew Barnhart (Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley) once again defended his crown with a winning mark of 12.66 meters.

Senior Harry Weintraub (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y/Hendrick Hudson) continued his winning ways in the weight throw competition with a toss of 16.60 meters, while freshman Branson Repasy took the pole vault title by clearing a height of 4.40 meters.

On the track, senior David Dixon (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) dominated in his final Battle for the Obelisk with a victory in the 5,000m run (15:16.54).

The Spartans will split squads next weekend with part of the team competing in the annual All-Ohio Combined Events in Granville on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9. The rest of the squad will compete at the Jim Wuske Invitational hosted at the Peterson Fieldhouse in Alliance on Friday.