The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational hosted by Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio this weekend.
With 18 top-three finishes at the meet, the Spartan men topped the 14 teams in action with 187 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Baldwin Wallace (68 points) and third-place Muskingum (66 points). The women, who tallied 11 top-three finishes, placed first out of 14 teams at the meet with 156 points. Baldwin Wallace finished second (139.50 points) and John Carroll placed third (110 points).
Senior Andrew Ibibo led the Case Western Reserve men, finishing tied for first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.53.
Other first-place finishers for the Spartan men came from senior James Gibson, senior Aidan DeSanto and freshman Jordan Butler. Gibson picked up the win in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:07.15, and was followed in third place by DeSanto (4:08.73). DeSanto claimed the title in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:41.10, and was followed by freshman Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro in second place (15:47.50). Butler earned his first-place finish in the high jump, registering a mark of 1.93 meters.
The CWRU men's 4x100-meter relay team of senior Ben Zelkin, senior Adrian Cannon, senior Zak Hurd and sophomore Jonathan Haling finished second with a time of 43.53. Hurd added a second-place finish in the long jump (6.53m) and a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash (11.35). The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Haling, senior Grant Mlack, sophomore Dominic Oddo and sophomore Michael Hradesky also added a third-place finish with a time of 3:43.64.
Adding second-place finishes for the CWRU men were Mlack in the 110-meter hurdles (15.20), senior Ian Parker in the 2,000-meter steeplechase (6:47.24), senior Ben Whitman in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:06.43), junior David Prigg in the pole vault (3.80m) and senior Ananth Suresh in the triple jump (12.57m). Other top performers for the Spartan men at the meet came from sophomore Thomas Patton in the 800-meter run (third, 2:00.02), sophomore Mitchell Webb in the 400-meter hurdles (third, 1:01.46) and sophomore Rueben Dockery in the pole vault (third, 3.65m).
Winning events for the Spartan women were senior Marie-Louise Kloster, sophomore Abby Waltz and senior Nimi Gupta. Kloster finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.80. Waltz picked up a win in the pole vault with a mark of 3.20 meters, while freshman Emma Hammelef placed third with a mark of 2.75 meters. Gupta claimed the title in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.14 meters.
Other second-place finishers for the CWRU women included sophomore Vanessa Pasadyn and junior Maria DeRenzo finishing tied for second in the 800-meter run (2:23.20), senior Danielle Kulpins in the 1,500-meter run (4:45.31) and freshman Cara Giannuzzi in the 2,000-meter steeplechase (8:08.21).
Adding top performances by a Spartan during the meet were senior Skylar Braga in the 100-meter dash (third, 13.16), junior Isabel Torres-Padin in the 1,500-meter run (4:47.82) and freshman Abbey Dungan in the 110-meter hurdles (third, 17.36).
Case Western Reserve will return to competition next weekend, when the team travels to Westerville, Ohio for the Otterbein April Fool's Invitational, hosted by Otterbein University on Friday, March 30th.