Case Western Reserve University senior Sam Merriman and the men's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Grant Mlack, senior Nicholas Knorz, sophomore Jonathan Haling and sophomore Michael Hradesky led the Spartans during the second day of the 2018 University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field championships hosted by CWRU in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Spartan men finished fifth out of the seven teams at the meet, scoring 56 points during the two days of competition. Washington (Mo.) won the conference title for the men with 120 points, and were followed in the standings by Carnegie Mellon (106) and Chicago (69). The CWRU women placed fifth out of seven teams with 34 points. Chicago won the conference title for the women with 138 points, followed by WashU (129) and Emory (104).
Merriman ran a time of 8:36.33 in the finals of the 3,000-meter run to finish second in the event.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team ran a time of 3:25.15 to place second in the event.
Other scoring performances for the Spartan men came from Mlack in the 60-meter hurdles (fourth, 8.39), sophomore Dominic Oddo in the 60-meter hurdles (sixth, 8.74), Haling in the 400-meter dash (fifth, 51.42) and Hradesky in the 800-meter run (1:58.03).
The CWRU women had three other athletes score on Sunday. Junior Olivia Newman finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 9.17, which bests the previous record of 9.23 set by Nataija Brown in 2012. She also added a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter run with a time of 59.12. Junior Shannon Carroll earned a fourth-place finish in the shot put (11.38 meters) and senior Danielle Kulpins finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run (10:13.35).
Altogether, the Spartans accumulated seven All-UAA honors during the meet, including UAA Championships from Merriman in the 5,000-meter run and senior Nimi Gupta in the weight throw.
With the Indoor UAA Championships now behind them, the Spartans will turn their focus towards qualification for the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Case Western Reserve will be in action next weekend, when the team heads to the ONU Polar Bear Last Chance Meet in Ada, Ohio on Saturday, March 3rd.