Laios Breaks School Record at Season-Opening W&L Carnival

Laios Breaks School Record at Season-Opening W&L Carnival

Graduate student Cassandra Laios of the Case Western Reserve University track and field team set a new school record in the women's hammer throw as the men and women combined to win five events at the 2019 W&L Carnival, hosted by Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia on Friday and Saturday.

Laios set a new school record mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.62 meters to claim the title in the event. That mark bests her previous school record of 51.30 meters which was set in 2017. Freshman Kayla Reece also added a third-place finish in the event with a mark of 40.44 meters.

Laios also added a first place finish in the shot put with a mark of 12.65 meters, while sophomore Eleanor Gaddy finished fifth with a toss of 10.62 meters. In addition, Laios claimed second in the discus throw with a mark of 38.80 meters.

Junior Samantha Kelts won the triple jump with a mark of 10.81 meters.

For the men, junior Dominic Oddo claimed the title in the long jump with a mark of 6.81 meters. In addition, Oddo teamed with junior Michael Hradesky, junior Jonathan Haling and freshman Juan Perez in the 4x400-meter relay to win the event with a time of 3:24.03.

The Spartans also turned in two second place finishes and two third place finishes. Junior Grant McCarthy placed second in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:14.96 and sophomore Dmytro Blundell finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:48.68. Sophomore Eric Rachita also added a third place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:01.06), while junior Brian Holden placed third in the javelin (41.76m).

Other top finishers for the CWRU men included Hradesky in the 800-meter run (fourth, 1:57.14) and the 1,500-meter run (fifth, 4:09.64), Haling in the 400-meter hurdles (fourth, 57.38), junior Michael Klein in the 10,000-meter run (fourth, 33:52.65) and junior David Hall in the 5,000-meter run (fifth, 15:32.74).

For the women, sophomore Grace Kemerer was the team's top performer in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing second with a time of 12:10.86.

Other top performers for the CWRU women during the meet included junior Madeline Lindemann in the 5,000-meter run (third, 18:53.18), junior Abbey Waltz in the pole vault (third, 3.37m) and senior Shannon Carroll in the javelin throw (third, 32.56m).

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 22nd.