Track and Field in Action at Two Meets this Week

Track and Field in Action at Two Meets this Week

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.

Two Spartan men will be running in the distance events at the UW-Platteville Invitational, with juniors Sam Merriman and Zach Roshon competing in the 5,000-meter run at 6:00 p.m. CT on Thursday.

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.