Seven individuals from the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's indoor track and field teams have earned All-Great Lakes Region Honors from The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the 2015-16 NCAA Division III honorees were announced on Monday.
Five Spartan men and two Spartan women earned honors in their respective events, including freshman Joseph Cabral (4x400m relay), sophomore Andrew Ibibo (4x400m relay), sophomoreSam Merriman (5,000m run), sophomore Grant Mlack (60mH, 4x400m relay), junior Nathaniel Wahner (4x400m relay), senior Kelsey Aamoth (3,000m run) and freshman Olivia Newman(400m dash).
The 4x400-meter relay team of Cabral, Ibibo Mlack and Wahner set a new school record after placing fourth at the 2016 University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 3:19.47, topping the school record of 3:23.66, set in 2015.
Along with his record in the relay, Mlack also earned a second place finish at the UAA Championships in the 60-meter hurdles picking up a second-place finish with a time of 8.40 seconds in the finals.
Merriman's best time in the 5,000-meter run came at the 2016 All-Ohio Championships where he earned the title of the event and drowning a new school record with a time of 14:45.45. Also at the UAA Championships, in the 3,000-meter run, Merriman finished fourth with a time of 8:38.05 to best Domonic Smith's school-record of 8:40.66, set in 2008.
With a season-best time of 10:08.05 at the UAA Championships, senior Kelsey Aamoth received honors for her efforts in the 3,000-meter run.
Freshman Olivia Newman, also at the UAA Indoor Championships, recorded a new school-record in the preliminaries of the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.81 seconds (besting her own school record of 59.22 seconds in the event set earlier in the season).
The Spartans are now in preparation for the 2016 outdoor season which is set to kick-off Friday, March 18 at the Washington and Lee University Track Carnival.