Case Western Reserve University freshman Dominic Oddo claimed the University Athletic Association Championship in the long jump, to lead the Spartans during the first day of competition at the 2017 UAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
Oddo finished first in the long jump with a distance of 7.16 meters, a new career-best mark. He is the first Spartan to win the long jump since Will Bryant in 1998, and it marked just the second time in the program's history that a CWRU athlete has won the men's long jump. Oddo scored 10 points towards the Spartans team total with his finish in the event, while sophomore Ananth Suresh added a point after finishing eighth with a mark of distance of 6.66 meters.
Adding an All-UAA honor on Saturday was senior Galen Caldwell, who finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:25.67.
The Spartans' 4x800-meter relay team of senior Nico Ericksen-Deriso, freshman Michael Hradesky, senior Joe Ledger and sophomore Joseph Cabral finished sixth in the event with a time of 8:20.09. Other scoring performances on Saturday came from junior Alex Nesvisky, who placed fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 45.32 meters, sophomore Tyler Bushman, who placed seventh in the hammer with a toss of 40.60 meters, and sophomore David Prigg, who finished eighth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.11 meters.
After one day of competition, the CWRU men sit in fourth-place in the standings with 28 points. Carnegie Mellon leads the standings with 86 points, followed by Washington (70), and Chicago (33).
Case Western Reserve is in good position to add onto its team score on Sunday with 10 athletes qualifying for finals, following their performances in preliminaries on Saturday. Senior Nathaniel Wahner was the top-qualifier in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.64 seconds, a new school-record, and earned a spot in the 400-meter dash after finishing third in the preliminaries with a time of 49.53 seconds. Junior Andrew Ibibo and freshman Jonathan Haling will be joining Wahner in the finals of the 400-meter dash, following a second place finish by Ibibo (49.47) and a seventh-place finish from Haling (50.30).
The Spartans will also have junior Grant Mlack in two events tomorrow. Mlack qualified for the 110-meter hurdles after finishing second with a time of 15.16 seconds, while Oddo finished seventh in the event with a time of 15.96 seconds. Mlack also qualified for the 400-meter hurdles after finishing second with a time of 55.77 seconds, while freshman Mitchell Webb finished eighth in the event with a time of 59.11. Qualifying in the 800-meter run were Cabral (fourth, 1:56.31) and Ledger (sixth, 1:56.72).
The second and final day of the 2017 UAA Outdoor Championships is slated to begin with the field events at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, followed by events on the track at 12:30 p.m. ET.