With just a week remaining before the 2017 University Athletic Association Championships, the Case Western Reserve University track and field teams appeared to be in top form on Saturday, with senior Nathaniel Wahner setting a program record at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships in Delaware, Ohio.
Wahner earned All-Ohio honors with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.67 seconds to best the previous school record of 10.78 seconds, set by Steve Ims during the 1989 season. Wahner added another All-Ohio honor in the 200-meter dash, placing first with a time of 22.23 seconds.
Junior Marie-Louise Kloster led the women on Saturday by claiming an All-Ohio honor in the 400-meter hurdles, placing second with a time of 1:05.05.
Other Spartans earning All-Ohio honors for a top-three finish in an event at the meet included sophomore Shannon Carroll in the javelin throw, finishing third with a toss of 36.10 meters, and in the shot put, placing third with a mark of 12.17 meters. For the men, sophomore Ananth Suresh finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 13.18 meters, and the Spartans' 4x100-meter relay team of Wahner, junior Ben Zelkin, junior Zak Hurd and junior Adrian Cannon finishing third in the event with a time of 42.43 seconds.
Other scoring performances (top-eight finishes) for the CWRU men came from freshman Dominic Oddo in the long jump (fourth, 6.70m), freshman Brian Holden in the javelin (fourth, 51.35m), senior Bryan Kelly in the 10,000-meter run (fourth, 34:52.32), sophomore Robert Iriye in the 10,000-meter run (seventh, 35:31.46), junior Ben Whitman in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (eighth, 10:07.14), junior Aidan DeSanto in the 1,500-meter run (eighth, 4:08.57), junior Grant Mlack in the 110-meter hurdles (sixth, 15.22 seconds), freshman Jonathan Haling in the 400-meter dash (seventh, 50.32), freshman David Hall in the 5,000-meter run (eighth, 15:54.27), Cannon in the 200-meter dash (seventh, 23.11 seconds) and the 4x400-meter relay team of Wahner, Haling, sophomore Joseph Cabral and freshman Michael Hradesky (fourth, 3:22.37).
The men also dominated in the 800-meter run, with Cabral finishing fourth (1:56.57), senior Joe Ledger finishing fifth (1:56.86) and Hradesky finishing sixth (1:57.98).
Additional scoring performances for the Spartan women came from senior Temi Omilabu in the hammer throw (sixth, 45.45m), junior Nimi Gupta in the hammer throw (seventh, 44.79m), junior Cassandra Laios in the discus (fourth, 40.12m) and in the shot put (fifth, 12.08m), freshman Vanessa Pasadyn in the 1,500-meter run (fifth, 4:50.67), sophomore Olivia Newman in the 400-meter hurdles (fifth, 1.07.13) and in the 100-meter hurdles (eighth, 16.43 seconds), freshman Shahed Eid in the 800-meter run (sixth, 2:23.72) and the 4x400-meter relay team of Kloster, Pasadyn, Newman and freshman Brianna Rees (fifth, 4:04.37).
The Spartan men finished third out of 17 teams at the meet with 76 points, while the women placed eighth out of 17 teams with 50 points. Host Ohio Wesleyan won both the men's and women's portions of Saturday's meet.
The Spartans will now turn their attention to the 2017 UAA Championships, hosted by the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois next weekend. Action at the meet will begin on Saturday, April 22nd, and continue through Sunday, April 23rd.