Suresh and Holden Claim UAA Titles; CWRU Men Finish Third at UAA Championships

Suresh and Holden Claim UAA Titles; CWRU Men Finish Third at UAA Championships

Case Western Reserve University senior Ananth Suresh and junior Brian Holden led the Spartans during the second day of the 2019 University Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships by each claiming individual conference championships in their respective events, as the squad placed third at the meet, hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Spartan men finished third out of seven teams at the meet, scoring 133 points during the two days of competition. Washington (Mo.) won the conference title with 232 points, and was followed in the standings by Carnegie Mellon with 168 points.

Suresh hit a mark of 14.34 meters in the finals of the triple jump to win the UAA title in the event. Sophomore Jordan Butler also added a fifth-place finish in the event with a mark of 13.65 meters.

Holden hit a new school-record mark of 59.54 meters in the javelin throw to win the UAA title in the event. That mark broke the previous school record of 57.82 meters set by former Spartan Randy Fresh back in 2000. Junior Dominic Oddo added a fifth-place finish in the event with a mark of 48.27 meters.

Adding All-UAA finishes on the second day of the meet were Oddo, sophomore Trey Razanauskas and the men's 4x400-meter relay team of freshman Juan Perez, junior Michael Hradesky, senior Joseph Cabral and junior Jonathan Haling. Oddo finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.54 seconds. Razanauskas finished second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:02.42, while the men's 4x400-meter relay team placed third in the event with a time of 3:17.77.

Other scoring performances from the Spartans on Saturday came from Oddo in the 110-meter hurdles (fourth, 15.25), Haling in the 400-meter dash (fifth, 48.87) and the 200-meter dash (fifth, 22.66), freshman J.J. Henson in the discus (fifth, 40.80m), Hradesky in the 800-meter run (sixth, 1:56.54), Butler in the high jump (seventh, 1.86m), freshman Logan Singer in the 1,500-meter run (seventh, 4:00.32) and junior David Hall in the 5,000-meter run (eighth, 15:30.43). The men's 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Corey King, Perez, junior Darius Inzar and sophomore Musa Hakim Jr. also added a fifth-place finish in the event with a time of 43.15.

Altogether, the Spartans accumulated 10 All-UAA honors during the meet, including the UAA Championship from Razanauskas in the 10,000-meter run on the first day of competition.

With the UAA Championships now behind them, the Spartans will turn their focus to the home stretch of the season, and members of the squad with a chance to make NCAA Division III Championships in late May will continue to try to improve their qualifying marks. Case Western Reserve is slated to return to action at the Akron Invite, hosted by the University of Akron, from Friday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 4th.