Spartans Track & Field Falls to CMU in 9th-Annual Battle for the Obelisk

Spartans Track & Field Falls to CMU in 9th-Annual Battle for the Obelisk

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field team combined for 125 team points, but fell to University Athletic Association rival Carnegie Mellon University in the Ninth-Annual Battle for the Obelisk.

The CWRU women's team scored 66 points and the men contributed 59 to the team total. The Tartan women scored 70 points and the men scored 77 for a team total of 147 points.

Senior Temi Omilabu earned the title in the women's weight throw with a mark of 16.27 meters, a mark good enough for a new meet record. Omilabu surpassed the old meet record of 15.21 meters set in 2009.

With another meet record, the women's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Abby Casalnova, junior Marie-Louise Kloster, freshman Bari Love and sophomore Olivia Newman finished first in the event with a final time of 4:11.31, besting the previous meet-record of 4:11.64 set last season.

Junior Danielle Kulpins was first to cross the finish line in both the 3,000-meter run (11:01.25) and the 5,000-meter run (18:40.91), while Newman won the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.30.

Freshman Samantha Kelts claimed the title in the triple jump with a mark of 10.30 meters and junior Cassandra Laios hit a mark of 12.00 meters in the shot put to earn the title.

The men's squad gathered six individual titles, with junior Ben Zelkin winning the 60-meter dash (7.21), senior Nathaniel Wahner claiming the win in the 200-meter dash (23.15), junior Andrew Ibibo finishing first in the 400-meter dash (50.60) and junior Grant Mlack grabbing a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.51). Additionally, sophomore Joseph Cabral claimed the win in the 800-meter run (1:57.41) and junior Sam Merriman earned a first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run (15:27.80).

To close the evening, the men's 4x400-meter relay team finished first. Senior Nico Ericksen-Deriso, Ibibo, Cabral and Wahner crossed the line with a time of 3:25.52.

The Spartans are back in action next weekend, as they travel to Ada, Ohio on Saturday, February 4th for the Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University.