Spartan Men Finish Third; Women Place Fourth at Bob Shannon Invitational

Spartan Men Finish Third; Women Place Fourth at Bob Shannon Invitational

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams turned in strong performances at the Bob Shannon Invitational, hosted by Denison University in Granville, Ohio on Saturday.

The men scored 66.5 points to finish third out of 13 teams at the meet. Carnegie Mellon University won the competition with 189.5 points, while host Denison placed second with 68 points. In the women's portion of the meet, Case Western Reserve placed fourth with 94 points, finishing behind first-place Ohio Wesleyan University (107 points), second-place Carnegie Mellon (97.5 points) and third-place Mount Vernon Nazerene (97 points).

The Spartan women tallied three first-place finishes, and one second-place finish throughout the meet. Graduate student Cassandra Laios swept the throwing events, as she won the weight throw with a mark of 16.73 meters and then took first in the shot put with a toss of 13.79 meters. Junior Samantha Kelts also added a first-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 10.68 meters, while junior Bari Love earned a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.68.

Other top finishers for the Spartan women included sophomore Taylor Jackson in the weight throw (third, 14.53m) and the shot put (third, 11.84m), senior Marina Yu in the weight throw (fourth, 14.27m), freshman Kathryn LeMoine in the triple jump (fourth, 9.91m), junior Melissa Cuellar in the shot put (fourth, 11.21m), senior Olivia Newman in the 60-meter hurdles (fourth, 9.61) and junior Maria King in the 400-meter dash (1:04.56).

The Spartan men were led by a first-place finish by junior Jonathan Haling in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.23. Haling also added a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.60, while sophomore Luke Traverso earned second in the pole vault with a mark of 3.81 meters.

Other top finishers for the Spartan men included sophomore Jordan Butler in the long jump (third, 6.44m) and the 60-meter hurdles (fifth, 9.21), sophomore Daniel Grasing in the 3,000-meter run (third, 8:59.07), senior Drew Zapor in the pole vault (fourth, 3.66m) and freshman Logan Singer in the one-mile run (4:30.83).

In addition, junior Dominic Oddo competed in the first day of the All-Ohio Multi-Events Championship, which also took place at Denison University this weekend. During the second day of competition, Oddo withdrew from competition. On the first day, he earned first-place finishes in the shot put (10.14m) and the long jump (6.59m), while also adding a second-place finish in the high jump (1.74m). On Sunday, Oddo competed in the 60-meter hurdles and registered a time of 9.05 before withdrawing from competition. Senior Shannon Carroll competed in the 60-meter hurdles of the women's pentathlon on Sunday, but withdrew from competition following that event.

The Spartans track and field teams are back in action this Friday, February 8th as they travel to Berea, Ohio for the Mid-February Meet hosted by Baldwin Wallace University.