The Case Western Reserve University track and field teams will look to continue its strong outdoor season, as two members of the men's squad will be heading to the UW-Platteville Invitational in Platteville, Wisconsin on Thursday, April 13th, while the rest of the squad will be heading back to Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio for the second-straight weekend, as the Spartans will compete in the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships on Saturday, April 15th.
The All-Ohio Championships will feature competition from the majority of NCAA Division III programs in the State of Ohio, with top-three finishers in each event earning All-Ohio honors.
The meet will also serve a dual-purpose for the Spartans, who will be looking to tune-up for the University Athletic Association Championships in Chicago on April 22nd and 23rd.
Field events at the meet are scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start on Saturday, with action on the track beginning at noon. The final event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay, is slated for an 8:05 p.m. start. Fans unable to attend the meet can follow all of the action with live video at https://www.owu.edu/about/follow-owu/stream-owu/.
Last season, the Case Western Reserve men finished seventh out of 19 teams, while the women placed 12th out of 19. Last season, senior Nathaniel Wahner claimed an All-Ohio Championship in the men's 200-meter dash with a school-record time of 22.01. Other returning All-Ohio finishers from last year's meet for the Spartans include junior Aidan DeSanto (third in the men's 1,500-m run) and senior Pat Shober (second in the men's javelin throw).
The men have eight individuals and a relay that are ranked in the top-five in Ohio entering the meet, including Wahner, who is third in the 200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash. Senior Galen Caldwell is second in Ohio in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while other top-five ranked competitors for the CWRU men include junior Andrew Ibibo in the 400-meter dash (fifth), sophomore Joseph Cabral in the 800-meter run (third), DeSanto in the 1,500-meter run (fourth), Merriman in the 5,000-meter run (fourth), Shober and freshman Brian Holden in the javelin throw (third and fourth, respectively) and the Spartans' 4x400-meter relay (second).
Top-five ranked competitors in Ohio for the Spartan women heading into the meet include junior Rachel Laveson in the 10,000-meter run (fifth), sophomore Olivia Newman in the 400-meter hurdles (second), junior Cassandra Laios in the hammer throw (fourth), sophomore Shannon Carroll in the javelin throw (fourth) and the Spartans' 4x400-meter relay (fifth).
Results and a recap from each meet will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition.