Spartans Conclude Regular Season at the Gregory Invite & Great Lakes Elite Meet

Spartans Conclude Regular Season at the Gregory Invite & Great Lakes Elite Meet

The Case Western Reserve University track and field team competed for the final time before the 2019 NCAA Division III NCAA Championships this week, with several athletes competing at the Gregory Invitational in Naperville, Illinois on Wednesday and Thursday, while two other athletes headed to Delaware, Ohio for the Great Lakes Elite Meet on Thursday.

Juniors Dominic Oddo and Jonathan Haling competed in the men's decathlon, as Oddo placed second in the final standings with a score of 6,487 and Haling placed 12th with 5,713 points. Oddo's 6,487 points in the decathlon currently ranks 13th among all NCAA Division III competitors.

On the first day, Oddo placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.37 seconds (780 points) and first in the long jump with a mark of 6.89 meters (788 points), while adding an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 10.95 meters (543 points), a tie for fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.81 meters (636 points) and fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.29 seconds (756 points). Entering the second day of competition in second place with 3,503 points, he placed tied for first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.28 seconds (816 points, 11th in the discus throw with a mark of 29.95 meters (463 points), seventh in the pole vault with a height of 3.80 meters (562 points) and third in the javelin throw with a mark of 44.75 meters (511 points), while placing fourth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:47.78 (632 points).

On the first day for Haling, he placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.00 seconds (861 points), and 11th in the long jump with a mark of 6.01 meters (589 points), while adding a 12th-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 10.03 meters (487 points), a 14th-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 1.60 meters (464 points) and first in the 400-meter dash with a  time of 48.48 seconds (886 points). Entering the second day of competition in fourth place with 3,287 points, he placed 13th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.57 seconds (566 points), 14th in the discus throw with a mark of 19.75 meters (267 points), 13th in the pole vault with a height of 3.40 meters (457 points) and 11th in the javelin throw with a mark of 39.72 meters (438 points), while placing first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:37.23 (698 points).

Competing in the women's heptathlon, senior Shannon Carroll placed 11th in the final standings with a score of 3,669 points and senior Olivia Newman competed on the first day, but then did not finish due to injury.

On the first day, Carroll placed 12th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.95 seconds (602 points), and first in the shot put with a throw of 11.76 meters (645 points), while adding a 12th-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.77 seconds (571 points). Entering the second day of competition in 13th place with 1,818 points, she placed tied for fourth in the long jump with a mark of 4.96 meters (548 points), first in the javelin with mark of 40.33 meters (674 points) and sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:35.19 (629 points).

On the first day for Newman, she placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.26 seconds (808 points), and 13th in the high jump with a mark of 1.35 meters (460 points), while adding a 12th-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 8.08 meters (405 points) and first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.21 seconds (779 points). Entering the second day of competition in ninth place with 2,452 points, she did not compete on Thursday due to an injury.

In addition to the Spartans competing in the multi-events, graduate student Cassandra Laios placed first in the discus throw on Wednesday with a toss of 42.71 meters and followed that on Thursday with a fifth-place finish in the shot put (12.81m). Carroll also competed in the javelin throw and placed second in the event with a mark of 37.72 meters.

For the men on Thursday, senior Ananth Suresh hit a personal-best mark of 14.47 meters in the triple jump to claim the title in the event, while junior Michael Hradesky placed 26th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.70.

At the Great Lakes Elite Meet in Delaware, Ohio, junior Abbey Waltz secured a third-place finish in the pole vault after hitting a new school-record height of 3.57 meters. That mark breaks her previous school record of 3.55 meters set earlier this season. Sophomore Trey Razanauskas earned a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a season-best time of 3:54.57.

The Spartans will now await the announcement of the field for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, with the top-20 men and top-22 women in each event earning a spot at the meet. With Thursday marking the final day of competition prior to the NCAA Championships across Division III, three Spartans are likely qualifiers. Laios currently ranks third in the hammer (55.96m), ninth in the shot put (14.20m) and 15th in the discus (45.11m), while Oddo ranks 13th in the decathlon (6,487 points) and Razanauskas ranks 14th in the 5,000-meter run (14:24.91). Suresh's season-best mark of 14.47 meters in the triple jump will likely put him just outside the list of qualifiers for the meet, as it currently ranks 21st in Division III.

The official list of qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Championships will be posted to NCAA.com on Saturday, May 18th by 9:00 a.m. A full release on the announcement will be posted to athletics.case.edu shortly thereafter.