Following their strong performances at the conference meet this past weekend, Case Western Reserve University senior Nathaniel Wahner and freshman Dominic Oddo have earned 2017 Outdoor Track and Field University Athletic Association Awards. Wahner has been named the UAA Men's Most Outstanding Running Events Performer, while Oddo has earned the UAA Men's Rookie of the Year honor.
Wahner ran a time of 47.64 seconds in the finals of the 400-meter dash to win the UAA title in the event. That time also set a new school-record in the event, besting the previous time of 48.55 set in 1996. It marked just the third time in program history that a Spartan has won the conference title in the event, and first time since James Harris in 1995. Wahner also claimed the title in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.71 seconds, which marked the first time in program history that a Spartan has won the conference title in the 200-meter dash.
In addition, Wahner was a member of the 4x100-meter relay to claim the title in the event with a time of 42.20 seconds. He also was a member of the 4x400-meter relay that finished first in the event with a time of 3:16.55, which bested the previous school-record of 3:18.95 set in 1991.
With this honor, Wahner becomes the first Spartan man since Alex Drollinger in 2006 to be named UAA Most Outstanding performer. He also owns the outdoor-school record in the 100-meter dash (10.67 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.64 seconds). Wahner is a two-time UAA Track Athlete of the Week.
Oddo claimed the UAA title in the long jump after finishing first in the event with a distance of 7.16 meters, a new career-best mark. He also added a sixth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.38 seconds.
With this honor, Oddo becomes the first Spartan man to be named UAA Rookie of the Year.
With select members of the men's team set to compete at the Ashland Alumni Open this weekend, the rest of the Spartan's track and field team will be turning their focus to the home stretch of the season, and members of the squad with a chance to make the NCAA Division III Championships in late May will continue to try to improve their qualifying marks.