Nine Spartans Receive USTFCCCA All-Region Recognition

Nine Spartans Receive USTFCCCA All-Region Recognition

Nine members of the Case Western Reserve University track and field team received All-Great Lakes Region recognition from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), based on their performances during the 2017 outdoor season.

Spartans receiving All-Region honors included sophomore Joseph Cabral, junior Andrew Ibibo and Jonathan Haling in the 4x400-meter relay, senior Nathaniel Wahner in the 4x400-meter relay, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash, freshman Brian Holden in the javelin throw, junior Sam Merriman in the 5,000-meter run, freshman Dominic Oddo in the long jump, sophomore Olivia Newman in the 400-meter hurdles and junior Cassandra Laios in the hammer throw.

To be named All-Region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top-five of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-three relay team. This was the second year that the USTFCCCA has awarded All-Region honors.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Wahner, Ibibo, Cabral and Haling finished second in the Great Lakes Region and sixth in Division III with a school-record time of 3:13.62, recorded at the Harrison Dillard Twilight on May 12th. Wahner finished first in the region and 17th in Division III with a school-record time of 21.43 in the 200-meter dash, recorded at the Great Lakes Elite Meet on Thursday. He also finished second in the region and tied for sixth in Division III with a school-record time of 47.64 in the 400-meter dash, recorded at the 2017 UAA Outdoor Championships on April 22nd. Wahner rounded his All-Region honors by finishing fourth in the region and tied for 20th in Division III with a school-record time of 10.67 in the 100-meter dash, recorded at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships on April 15th.

Holden was fifth in the region and 48th in Division III with javelin toss of 56.19 meters, set at the Harrison Dillard Twilight on May 12th. Merriman was second among Great Lakes competitors and 23rd in Division III with a school-record time of 14:29.93 in the 5,000-meter run, recorded at the UW-Platteville Invitational on April 13th. Oddo was fourth in the region and 36th in Division III with a long jump mark of 7.09 meters, set at the UAA Outdoor Championships on April 22nd.

Ibibo, Cabral and Haling collected their second All-Region honor of the year, after earning honors during the indoor season for the 4x400-meter relay. Wahner also earned All-Region honors as a part of the 4x400-meter relay and individually in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash in the winter, while Merriman earned his second All-Region honor, after earning honors during the indoor season for the 3,000-meter run. This was Holden and Oddo's first career All-Region honors of their career.

For the women, Newman was fourth in the Great Lakes Region in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.77 at the UAA Outdoor Championships on April 22nd, while Laios finished fourth in the region and 23rd in Division III with a school-record mark of 51.30 meters at the Harrison Dillard Twilight on May 12th.

It was the second career All-Region Track and Field honor for Newman, while it was the first All-Region honor for Laios.