CWRU Track & Field to Compete at 2016 UAA Outdoor Championships

CWRU Track & Field to Compete at 2016 UAA Outdoor Championships

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Case Western Reserve University will head to St. Louis, Missouri for the 2016 University Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Washington University (Mo.) from Saturday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 24th.

Fans unable to attend the meet can follow the action with live results at http://www.timingmd.net/Results/track/uaa_4_23_16/index.htm.  In addition, live video of the meet will be available on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with no audio, and from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday with audio at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/wustl/.

Field events at the UAA Championships are scheduled for a 9:00 a.m. CT start on Saturday, with running events commencing at 1:00 p.m. CT.  Action will resume on Sunday, with field events again starting at 9:00 a.m. CT, and competition on the track beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT.  The final event of the meet – the men's and women's 4x400-meter relay – will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Last season, the Spartan men placed fourth out of the seven teams at the meet, with Emory winning the UAA Championship, Washington placing second, and Chicago third.  Returning all-UAA performers from last year's meet for the Spartan men include senior Nicholas Heim, who placed second in the hammer throw, and the UAA Champion 4x400-meter relay team of senior Jonathan Freeman, junior Nico Ericksen-Deriso, junior Nathaniel Wahner and senior Devon Belew.

Entering this year's meet, the Spartans have 15 potential entrants ranked in the top-five of men's events in the UAA this season.  Leading the way is sophomore Grant Mlack, who is the top-seeded runner in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.19 seconds) and the 400-meter hurdles (54.27 seconds).  Also seeded first for the Spartans is junior Pat Shober, who is the conference's top performer in the javelin throw this year with a mark of 54.57 meters.

Wahner will enter the meet with the fourth-best 200-meter dash (22.01) and the fifth-best 400-meter dash (49.34 seconds), and has teamed with Ericksen-Deriso, junior Perry Billett and sophomore Andrew Ibibo for the fourth-best 4x400-meter relay time (3:22.49).  Ibibo is also fourth in the 400-meter dash (49.27), while other top-five competitors for the CWRU men this year include sophomore Aidan DeSanto in the 1,500-meter run (third, 3:55.52), sophomore Sam Merriman in the 5,000-meter run (second, 14:53.38), senior Benjamin Davis in the 10,000-meter run (32:06.03), senior Spencer Boyd in the high jump (fourth, 1.86m), freshman Ananth Suresh in the triple jump (third, 13.01m), sophomore Alex Nesvisky in the shot put (fourth, 13.76m), Heim in the hammer throw (second, 49.24 meters) and the 4x100-meter relay team of Freeman, sophomore Adrian Cannon, sophomore Zak Hurd and freshman Rasheed Ajala.

The CWRU women also placed fourth in the team standings at last year's UAA Outdoor Championships, with Chicago winning the meet, followed by Washington in second and Emory in third.  Senior Kristen Ruckstuhl will enter the meet as the reigning UAA Champion in the 10,000-meter run and added a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, while sophomore Cassandra Laios was second in both the shot put and discus throw.  Other returning All-UAA performers from last year's meet for the Spartans include senior Christen Saccucci in the pole vault (third), senior Ashley Leyden in the triple jump (third) and sophomore Danielle Kulpins in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (third).

Laios will enter this year's meet as the top-seeded performer in the shot put with a throw of 12.08 meters, and the second-seeded performer in the discus throw with a mark of 39.75 meters.  Kulpins has the top time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by a UAA competitor this season with a mark of 11:17.91, while other top-five performances this season by a UAA athlete have been notched by senior Kelsey Aamoth in the 5,000-meter run (fourth, 17:44.63), Saccucci in the pole vault (fourth, 3.25m), freshman Mikhaylan Price in the discus throw (fifth, 33.73m), juniors Temi Omilabu (second, 45.90m) and Monica Hiller (fourth, 41.64m) in the hammer throw, and freshman Shannon Carroll in the javelin throw (fifth, 31.65m).

Results and a recap of the Spartans' performances at the meet will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition each day.