ATLANTA - Seven individuals and three lifetime-best performances from the Case Western Reserve University men's track and field team concluded day one of the University Athletic Association Championship hosted by Emory University.
The men's team is currently in third place after the first day of competition with 39 points behind Washington Univeristy in St. Louis in first with 89 and New York University in second with 44.
Seniors Mark Kulinski (Oil City, Pa./Venango Catholic) and Sam Reusser (Orrville, Ohio/Orrville) each grabbed a title for the Spartans on day one of competition. Kulinski won the pole vault with a final jump of 4.77 meters while Reusser tossed a best throw of 14.84 meters.
Finishing second and eighth in the hammer throw junior Nicholas Heim (Rahway, N.J./Rahway) tossed 44.05 meters and freshman Alex Nesvisky (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) hit a mark of 41.89 meters, respectively.
Scoring points on the first day for the Spartans the 4x800-meter relay team of freshmen Andrew Ibibo (Green Bay, Wis./Green Bay East), Aidan DeSanto (McCordsville, Ind./Cathedral), Nicholas Knorz (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence) and junior Gabe McLeod (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) ran a time of 8:00.25 to finish in fifth.
In the 100-meter dash, junior Jonathan Freeman (Houston, Texas/Awty International School) qualified for finals with a time of 11.11. Also qualifying for the finals in the event, freshman Zak Hurd (Perry, Ohio/Perry) ran a lifetime best 11.12. Hurd also scored for the Spartans on the first day after leaping 6.26 meters in the long jump. Freeman also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.58.
Running a new lifetime best in the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Nathaniel Wahner (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby)
In the 800-meter run, sophomore Joe Ledger (New York, N.Y./Bronx Science) crossed the finish line with a new career-best time of 1:55.46 to qualify for the finals.