Nine CWRU Program Records Set by Spartans at 2016 UAA Indoor Championships

Nine CWRU Program Records Set by Spartans at 2016 UAA Indoor Championships

The Case Western Reserve University track and field team set nine program records during the 2016 University Athletic Association Championships, as the Spartan women placed fourth and the men sixth at the two-day meet, hosted by New York University at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York, New York.

The CWRU women finished the meet with 40 points, trailing only first-place Washington University (167 points), the second-place University of Chicago (128 points) and third-place Emory University (102 points).  The men placed sixth with 63.5 points, as Wash U. won the meet with 98, and Emory placed second with 96.

The Spartans women finished the meet with three all-UAA honors, including a UAA Championship in the weight throw from senior Temi Omilabu with a throw of 15.88 meters.  Omilabu became the second Spartan woman ever to win the event at the UAA Championships, along with Amanda Kline in 2013.  Freshman Mikhaylan Price added the first all-UAA honor of her career in the event, placing third with a throw of 13.48 meters.

Also earning all-UAA honors during the meet was senior Christen Saccucci in the pole vault on Saturday, finishing second after clearing the bar at a height of 3.42 meters.  It was her second career all-UAA finish in the event at the indoor championships, after finishing third in the event in 2015.

CWRU women set school records in three individual events and four relays over the two days.  On Saturday, sophomore Skylar Braga finished sixth in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.98 seconds, breaking the previous school record of 8.02, set by Leslie Stanard in 2012.  Braga went on to finish sixth in the finals of the event with a time of 8.04 seconds.

Also setting school records for the CWRU women during Saturday's preliminaries were freshman Olivia Newman with a time of 58.81 seconds in the 400-meter dash (besting her own school record of 59.22 seconds in the event) and senior Taylor O'Neil in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.25 (breaking her own record of 2:23.01 set in 2015).  In addition, the CWRU women's 4x400-meter relay of junior Abby Casalnova, freshman Maria DeRenzo, O'Neil and Newman broke the school record in the event with a time of 4:06.51 (besting the previous program record of 4:07.28 set in 2012), finishing seventh in the event.

Other scoring competitors for the Spartans during the two-day meet included Braga in the long jump (fifth-place, 4.99m), junior Monica Hiller in the weight throw (fourth-place, 12.78m), Price in the shot put (sixth-place, 10.70m), senior Emily Harker in the high jump (fifth-place, 1.58 meters), senior Kelsey Aamoth in the 3,000-meter run (sixth-place, 10:08.05), senior Ashley Leyden (fifth-place, 10.67m) and sophomore Rachel Willard (sixth-place, 10.67m) in the triple jump, and the Spartans' distance medley relay team of junior Olivia Zabrodsky, Casalnova, senior Juliana Ross and Aamoth (fifth-place, 12:22.91).

The CWRU men compiled five All-UAA honors during the meet, including senior Nicholas Heim with a second-place finish in the weight throw of Saturday with a throw of 15.11 meters. 

On Saturday, junior Nathaniel Wahner completed an outstanding meet with All-UAA honors in a pair of events.  After setting a program record in the 200-meter dash on Saturday with a time of 22.48 seconds, he finished third in the finals of the event on Sunday with a time of 22.49 seconds.  Wahner also claimed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.20 seconds during Sunday's finals. 

Sophomore Grant Mlack picked up a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.40 seconds in the finals of the event.  Also earned an All-UAA finish was sophomore Alex Nesvisky with a second-place finish in the shot put with a distance of 14.28 meters.

Two more school records fell for the Spartan men during Sunday's action.  In the 3,000-meter run, sophomore Sam Merriman finished fourth with a time of 8:38.05 to best Domonic Smith's record of 8:40.66, set in 2008.  The Spartans' 4x400-meter relay team of Mlack, freshman Joseph Cabral, sophomore Andrew Ibibo and Wahner placed fourth with a mark of 3:19.47, topping the school record of 3:23.66, set in 2015.

Two other program records were set by the team on Saturday, with freshman Rasheed Ajala recording a time of 7.07 seconds in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash, and junior Joe Ledger notching a mark of 1:55.00 in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run.  Ajala would wind up finishing fifth in the finals of the 60-meter dash on Sunday (7.18 seconds), while Ledger finished fourth in the 800-meter run finals (1:55.69).

Other scorers for the Spartan men during the meet included Merriman in the 5,000-meter run (sixth-place, 15:05.98), Nesvisky in the weight throw (sixth-place, 14.05m), freshman Ananth Suresh in the triple jump (fourth-place, 13.19m), senior Jared Brucker in the pole vault (fifth-place, 4.26m), Heim in the shot put (fourth-place, 13.64m), and the distance medley relay team of sophomore Aidan DeSanto, junior Perry Billett, Cabral and junior Galen Caldwell (fifth-place, 10:20.09).

Altogether, the Spartan men and women combined for eight all-UAA honors during the meet.

With the UAA Championships now behind them, the Spartans will now turn their attention towards qualification for the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Grinnell, Iowa.  Case Western Reserve will be in action next weekend with one final chance to qualify for the event, when the team heads to the ONU Polar Bear Last Chance Meet in Ada, Ohio on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th.