The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams will host rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in the 11th-Annual Battle for the Obelisk this Saturday, January 26th at 2:00 p.m. at the Veale Center.
"This is a cornerstone competition for our programs and embodies what the sport should be all about; head-to-head team competition," said Head Coach Eric Schmuhl. "This one isn't about record breaking and hitting qualifying marks, it's about beating people and bragging rights."
The Obelisk trophy is awarded to the winning school in what has become an annual dual meet between the two programs started by former CWRU Head Coach Steve Rubin. The team with the best men's and women's combined score takes home the Obelisk.
Last season, CWRU scored a combined 139 points (71 women/62 men), but were unable to capture the Obelisk.
The Spartans are looking forward to another weekend of competition after last competing at the YSU Icebreaker on December 7th. The men's and women's teams were scheduled to compete at the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio last Saturday. However, the meet was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Graduate student Cassandra Laios currently ranks fifth among all Division III competitors in the shot put with mark of 13.92 meters. She also ranks eighth in the weight throw with a distance of 16.90 meters.
For the men, junior Jonathan Haling currently ranks 10th among all Division III competitors in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.50. In addition, junior Michael Hradesky ranks 18th in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.02.
Results and a recap of the Spartans' performances at the meet will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Saturday.