Case Western Reserve University junior Pat Shober claimed the University Athletic Association Championship in the javelin throw, to lead the Spartans during the first day of competition at the 2016 UAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Washington University (Mo.) in St. Louis, Missouri.
Shober finished first in the javelin throw with a distance of 55.37 meters on his first throw of the finals, a new career-best mark. He is the first Spartan to win the javelin throw since David Kallevig in 2004, and it marked just the fourth time in the program's history that a CWRU athlete has won the men's javelin throw, along with championships in 1993 and 1994 from Mike Schaefer. Shober scored 10 points towards the Spartans team total with his finish in the event, while senior Reuben Treatman added four points after finishing fifth with a mark of 46.41 meters.
Adding an All-UAA honor on Saturday was senior Nicholas Heim, who finished third in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.88 meters.
The Spartans' 4x800-meter relay team of junior Joe Ledger, sophomore Aidan DeSanto, sophomore Nicholas Knorz and freshman Joseph Cabral broke the school record in the event with a time of 7:53.00, besting the previous school record by .97 seconds and finishing fourth in the event. Other scoring performances on Saturday came from freshman Ananth Suresh, who placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 6.54 meters, senior Jared Brucker, who placed eighth in the pole vault, clearing the bat at a height of 4.22 meters, and junior Galen Caldwell, who finished seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:39.68.
After one day of competition, the CWRU men sit in sixth-place in the standings with 31.5 points. Carnegie Mellon leads in the standings with 71 points, followed by Washington (68), Chicago (55), Emory (45.5), and NYU (33). Brandeis is in seventh-place with seven points after the first day.
Case Western Reserve is in a good position to add onto its team score on Sunday, with 11 athletes qualifying for finals, following their performances in preliminaries on Saturday. Sophomore Grant Mlack was the top qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.41 seconds, and earned a spot in the 110-meter hurdles after finishing second in the preliminaries with a time of 15.22 seconds. Junior Perry Billett will be joining Mlack in the finals of 400-meter hurdles, following his seventh-place finish in the preliminaries with a time of 57.86 seconds.
The Spartans will also have two finals participants in four other events. Both junior Nathaniel Wahner and sophomore Andrew Ibibo qualified for the 400-meter dash finals, after the former finished third in the preliminaries with a time of 49.49 seconds, and the latter fifth with a mark of 49.71 seconds. Wahner will also be in the finals of the 200-meter dash after placing fourth in the prelims (22.13 seconds), and will be joined by sophomore Adrian Cannon, who placed eighth in the prelims (22.52 seconds). Qualifying in the 800-meter run were Ledger (sixth, 1:53.55) and Cabral (seventh, 1:54.57), while qualifying in the 100-meter dash were freshman Rasheed Ajala (fourth, 11.07 seconds) and sophomore Zak Hurd (eighth, 11.36 seconds).
The second and final day of the 2016 UAA Outdoor Championships is slated to begin with the field events at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, followed by events on the track at 11:00 a.m.