CWRU Track and Field Teams Turn in Pair of First Places Finishes and Ajala and Omilabu Break Own School Records

CWRU Track and Field Teams Turn in Pair of First Places Finishes and Ajala and Omilabu Break Own School Records

Both the men's and women's track and field teams from Case Western Reserve University finished in first place at the Defiance College Invitational on Saturday afternoon. 

The men were first of five schools with 150 team points with seven first place finishes and the women earned the title after scoring 166 points as a team and taking five titles throughout the day. 

Senior thrower Temi Omilabu and freshman sprinter Rasheed Ajala broke their own school records during the meet that were set just beyond a month ago at the season opening meet at the University of Mount Union.

In the weight on her final throw, Omilabu tossed for a mark of 16.54m to win the event. The mark bested her previous school record throw of 16.35m.

Crossing the finish line in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.12, Ajala broke his previous school record time of 7.22. 

With a new career-best time, sophomore sprinter Skylar Braga won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.30. She also won the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.09.

Junior Nathaniel Wahner earned the title in the men's 400-meter dash with a new personal-record time of 51.22. He also crossed the finish line first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.23. In the women's 400-meter dash, freshman Olivia Newman earned a first place finish crossing the line with a time of 1:01.03.

The men's team turned in first place performances in both the 800-meter run and the mile. Junior Joe Ledger won the 800 with a time of 1:59.86 and Aidan DeSanto crossed the finish line of the mile for a time of 4:29.37. 

Ledger and Wahner later joined senior Devon Belew and freshman Joseph Cabrall to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:29.98.

Joining Omilabu with titles in the field events, senior Emily Harker finished competition in the high jump clearing a final height of 1.50m and senior Jared Brucker won the title of the pole vault. Brucker cleared the bar set at 3.95m for the win in the event. 

The Spartans will return to action on the brand new track in the Veale Center on the campus on Saturday, January 30, for the 9th Annual Battle for the Obelisk against Carnegie Mellon University. Field events are set to begin at 2:00 p.m.