Laios, Wahner & Men’s 4x4 Claim Titles on Final Day of UAA Indoor Championships

Laios, Wahner & Men’s 4x4 Claim Titles on Final Day of UAA Indoor Championships

Case Western Reserve University junior Cassandra Laios, senior Nathaniel Wahner and the men's 4x400-meter relay team of Wahner, junior Andrew Ibibo, sophomore Joseph Cabral and freshman Jonathan Haling led the Spartans during the second day of the 2017 University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field championships hosted by Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The Spartan women finished fourth out of seven team at the meet, scoring 49 points during the two days of competition. Washington (Mo.) won the conference title for the women with 159 points, and were followed in the standings by Chicago (99) and Emory (45). The CWRU men placed fifth out of seven teams with 58 points. Carnegie Mellon won the conference title for the men with 116.33 points, followed by Emory (80), Chicago (77.33) and Washington (74.33).

Wahner ran a time of 48.89 in the finals of the 400-meter dash to win the UAA Title in the event, becoming the first Spartan since 2014 to win the title in the 400-meter dash. Wahner's time of 48.89 also set a new school-record in the event, besting Wahner's previous mark of 49.44 set yesterday in the preliminaries.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team ran a time of 3:22.56 to win the UAA Title in the event, becoming the first ever CWRU's men's relay team to win the event.

Laios hit a mark of 12.53 meters to claim the title in the women's shot put. With that win, Laios becomes the first CWRU woman to sweep the weight throw and shot put at the UAA Championships. She won the weight throw on Saturday with a toss of 15.89 meters.

Adding All-UAA finishes on the second day of the meet for the women was sophomore Shannon Carroll after finishing second in the shot put with a mark of 11.71 meters. For the men, junior Sam Merriman placed third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:01.43.

Other scoring performances for the Spartan women came from freshman Vanessa Pasadyn in the 800-meter run (fifth, 2:21.94) and the women's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Abby Casalnova, junior Marie-Louise Kloster, sophomore Olivia Newman and freshman Bari Love (fifth, 4:05.56).

The CWRU men had six other athletes score on Sunday. Junior Grant Mlack in the 55-meter hurdles (fourth, 7.92), junior Alex Nesvisky in the shot put (fourth, 13.79 meters), junior Zak Hurd in the 55-meter dash (fifth, 6.72), Merriman in the 3,000-meter run (fifth, 8:36.44), Wahner in the 200-meter dash (sixth, 25.07) and Ibibo in the 400-meter dash (sixth, 50.95).

Altogether, the Spartans accumulated 10 All-UAA honors during the meet, including UAA Championships from Laios in the weight throw and shot put, Wahner in the 400-meter dash and the men's 4x400-meter relay.

With the Indoor UAA Championships now behind them, the Spartan will turn their focus towards qualification for the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Naperville, Illinois. Case Western Reserve will be in action next weekend with one finals to qualify for the event, when the team heads to the ONU Polar Bear Last Chance Meet in Ada, Ohio on Saturday, March 4th.