Laios Claims Shot Put Title on Final Day of UAA Indoor Championships

Laios Claims Shot Put Title on Final Day of UAA Indoor Championships

Case Western Reserve University graduate student Cassandra Laios led the Spartans during the second day of the 2019 University Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The Spartan women finished fifth out of seven teams at the meet, scoring 66 points during the two days of competition. Washington (Mo.) won the conference title for the women with 170.50 points, and were followed in the standings by Chicago (155) and Emory (121). The CWRU men finished tied for fifth out of seven teams with 50 points. New York University also scored 50 points throughout the meet. Carnegie Mellon won the conference title for the men with 168 points, followed by Washington (162), Chicago (98) and Brandeis (55).

Laios hit a mark of 13.66 meters to claim the title in the women's shot put. With the win, Laios sweeps the weight throw and shot put at the UAA Championships for the second time in her. She also swept the throwing events during the 2017 Indoor Championships. Laios won the weight throw on Saturday with a toss of 17.92 meters.

Other scoring performances for the Spartan women came from junior Madeline Lindemann in the 3,000-meter run (fifth, 10:08.54), senior Olivia Newman in the 400-meter dash (sixth, 59.78), sophomore Taylor Jackson in the shot put (sixth, 11.35m), junior Melissa Cuellar in the shot put (seventh, 11.08m), sophomore Julie Hines in the high jump (seventh, 1.47m) and senior Jennifer Hoffmann in the one-mile run (eighth, 5:13.27).

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Hines, junior Vanessa Pasadyn, junior Maria King and Newman also added a fifth-place finish in the event with a time of 4:10.00.

The CWRU men had eight individual athletes score on Sunday. Senior Ananth Suresh placed fifth in the triple jump with a new school record mark of 13.71 meters. That mark bests his previous school record of 13.43 meters set last weekend at the Kent State Tune Up.

Other scoring performances for the Spartan men came from junior Michael Hradesky in the 800-meter run (sixth, 1:57.13), sophomore Luke Traverso in the pole vault (sixth, 3.98m), junior Dominic Oddo in the 60-meter hurdles (sixth, 8.76), junior Mitchell Webb in the 60-meter hurdles (seventh, 8.78), sophomore Musa Hakim Jr. in the 60-meter dash (sixth, 7.18), freshman Juan Perez in the 60-meter dash (seventh, 7.21) and freshman J.J. Henson in the shot put (seventh, 12.50m).

In addition, the men's 4x400-meter relay team of Perez, freshman Bryden Moxley, Hradesky and junior Jonathan Haling finished fifth in the event with a time of 3:25.97.

Altogether, the Spartans accumulated five All-UAA honors during the meet, including UAA Championships from Laios in the weight throw and shot put.

With the Indoor UAA Championships now behind them, the Spartans will turn their focus towards qualification for the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. Case Western Reserve will be in action next weekend with one final chance to qualify for the event, when the team heads to the ONU Polar Bear Last Chance Meet in Ada, Ohio on Saturday, March 2nd.