Two Spartans Tally First-Place Finishes at Season-Opening W&L Carnival

Two Spartans Tally First-Place Finishes at Season-Opening W&L Carnival

The Case Western Reserve University track and field team opened its 2018 outdoor season this weekend, with the men and women combining to win two events at the 2018 W&L Carnival, hosted by Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia on Friday and Saturday.

The Spartan women were strong in the hammer throw at the meet, taking three of the top-five spots in the event. Senior Nimi Gupta won the hammer throw with a mark of 43.43 meters, while junior Marina Yu claimed second with a mark of 42.48 meters and sophomore Chanel Dore finished fifth with a distance of 37.29 meters.

Sophomore Madeline Lindemann won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:45.82, while senior Rachel Laveson added a fourth-place finish in the event with a time of 39:44.01.

For the men, senior Grant Mlack finished third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.44, while sophomore Dominic Oddo placed fifth with a time of 15.90. In addition, Mlack placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.73 and Oddo finished fifth with a time of 57.52. Mlack also teamed with seniors Ben Zelkin and Adrian Cannon and sophomore Sam Jenkins to finish third in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 44.20.

The Spartans also turned in fourth place finishes in the high jump and the 800-meter run. Freshman Kai Fletcher placed fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.84 meters, while sophomore Michael Hradesky placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.64.

Other top finishers for the CWRU men included sophomore Brian Holden in the javelin (fifth, 49.65m), sophomore Jonathan Haling in the 100-meter dash (fifth, 11.45), freshman Dmytro Blundell in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (fifth, 9:53.94) and sophomore David Prigg in the pole vault (fifth, 3.80m).

For the women, senior Claire Plunkett was the team's top performer in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing third with a time of 12:40.07. Senior Marie-Louise Kloster was the team's top performer in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.06.

Other top performers for the CWRU women during the meet included sophomore Vanessa Pasadyn in the 1,500-meter run (fourth, 4:58.32) and in the 800-meter run (fourth, 2:22.55), sophomore Abby Waltz in the pole vault (fourth, 3.05m), senior Rachel Willard in the triple jump (fourth, 10.27m) and freshman Eleanor Gaddy in the javelin (fifth, 29.48m).

Case Western Reserve will be back in action next weekend, competing at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational in New Concord, Ohio. The meet will be hosted by Muskingum University and is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. on Friday March 23rd.