Spartans Track & Field Falls to CMU in 10th-Annual Battle for the Obelisk

Spartans Track & Field Falls to CMU in 10th-Annual Battle for the Obelisk

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams combined for 133 team points, but fell to University Athletic Association rival Carnegie Mellon University in the 10th-Annual Battle for the Obelisk.

The CWRU men's team scored 62 points and the women contributed 71 to the team total. The Tartan men scored 74 points and the women scored 65 for a team total of 139 points.

Sophomore Dominic Oddo earned the title in the men's long jump with a mark of 7.00 meters, a mark good enough for a new school record and meet record. Oddo surpassed his previous school record of 6.97 meters set earlier this indoor season. Oddo also added another first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.65.

With another meet record, senior Sam Merriman finished first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:43.90, besting the previous meet-record of 8:47.34 set in 2016.

Senior Andrew Ibibo was first to cross the finish line in both the 400-meter dash (50.56) and the 200-meter dash (23.15), while sophomore Michael Hradesky won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.05.

To close the evening, the men's 4x400-meter relay team finished first. Ibibo, Hradesky, senior Grant Mlack and sophomore Jonathan Haling crossed the line with a time 3:25.57.

The women's squad gathered eight individual titles, with senior Cassandra Laios winning the weight throw (16.78 meters) and the shot put (13.35 meters). Both marks were new meet records. Senior Danielle Kulpins grabbed first-place finishes in the 3,000-meter run (10:44.96) and the 5,000-meter run (18:07.13).

Additionally, sophomore Vanessa Pasadyn set a new meet record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.98, besting the previous meet record of 2:23.05 set in 2011. Senior Rachel Willard won the triple jump (10.78 meters), junior Olivia Newman won the 60-meter hurdles (9.56) and sophomore Bailey Flint won the high jump (1.50 meters).

The Spartans are back in action next weekend, as they travel to Ada, Ohio on Saturday, February 3rd for the Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University.