Ibibo, Wahner and Ajala Highlight Performances at the Greater Cleveland Colleges Meet

Ibibo, Wahner and Ajala Highlight Performances at the Greater Cleveland Colleges Meet

Highlighting the Spartans performances on Friday evening, sophomore Andrew Ibibo, juniorNathaniel Wahner and freshman Rasheed Ajala shattered school records in their respective events as the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams finished competition at the Great Cleveland Colleges Meet. 

The Spartan men finished in first place of four teams at the meet having scored 190 points, while the women finished second of six teams with 125 team points. 

A mid-distance runner, Ibibo finished first in the 500-meter run with a new school-record time of 1:06.68. The time bested the previous school record of 1:07.16 set in 1995 by James Harris. 

Wahner sprinted to another school-record breaking time for the Spartans in the 200-meter dash. Finishing first in the event, Wahner crossed the finish line with a time of 22.74 breaking the record of 22.80 set by former teammate Josh Malone during the 2015 indoor season. 

In the men's 55-meter dash, freshman Rasheed Ajala finished in second with a time of 6.66 for a new program-best time outdoing the previous time of 6.68 set in 2012 by Matt Jurcak. 

In the women's sprints, freshman Olivia Newman finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.79.

Also with strong performances for the Spartans, senior Gabe McLeod finished first in the 800-meter run (2:02.45) and sophomore Nicholas Knorz and junior Mitch Baller finished one and two in the mile run with times of 4:38.04 and 4:41.01, respectively. 

The distance trio of senior Timothy Travitz (9:18.68), senior Tony Spalding (9:25.39) and sophomore Ben Whitman (9:27.88) swept the 3,000-meter run and junior Michael Girbino took the title of the 5,000-meter run crossing the line with a time of 16:08.41. The women also went one and two in the 5,000-meter run as seniors Laura Wheeler and Veronica Cole crossed the line with times, respectively, of 20:24.78 and 20:29.09. 

In the field events, the Spartan women earned three titles. Senior Emily Harker claimed the number one spot in the women's high jump after clearing the bar set at 1.50 meters. Senior Christen Saccucci tied her school-record jump of 3.50 meters for a first place finish and sophomore Rachel Willard hopped, skipped and jumped 10.32 meters for first place in the triple jump. 

The Spartans were set to travel to Kent State University on Saturday morning for the Kent State Tune Up, but due to a late night on Friday have decided to stay in Cleveland. Instead, Case Western Reserve, after strong performances, will travel to New York City for the 2016 University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by New York University. 

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Lauren M. Butler
Assistant Sports Information Director
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