Back in action for the first time since the 2017 University Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams will send select members to compete on Saturday, April 29th at the Ashland Alumni Open hosted by Ashland University.
With the conference championships now behind them, the Spartans will begin to focus on improving their qualifying times for the NCAA Division III Championships, to be held from May 25th – 27th at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The top-20 men and 22 women in each event, and the top-16 relays, will receive entry to the NCAA DIII Championships.
Spartan men who are currently ranked in the top-25 nationally in their events include senior Nathaniel Wahner in the 100-meter dash (eighth, 10.67), in the 200-meter dash (12th, 21.64) and in the 400-meter dash (fourth, 47.64), junior Sam Merriman in the 5,000-meter run (16th, 14:29.93), junior Grant Mlack in the 400-meter hurdles (24th, 54.35), senior Galen Caldwell in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (25th, 9:25.67), freshman Dominic Oddo in the long jump (21st, 7.09 meters) and the 4x440-meter relay team of Wahner, junior Andrew Ibibo, sophomore Joseph Cabral and freshman Jonathan Haling (seventh, 3:16.55).
CWRU athletes currently scheduled to compete this weekend include Wahner, juniors Nimi Gupta, Cassandra Laios, Marie-Louise Kloster, Ibibo, Adrian Cannon, Zak Hurd and Ben Zelkin, sophomores Olivia Newman and Cabral and freshmen Sam Jenkins, Justin Thomas and Haling.
The field events are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. with the women's long jump, while track events are slated to begin at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday with the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Fans unable to attend the meet can follow with live stats at http://live.finishtiming.com/#/results/meet/20170135.
Results and a recap of the Spartans' performances at the meet will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition.