Case Western Reserve University graduate student Cassandra Laios earned her second career All-American honor as she placed seventh in the women's discus throw on the first day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Competing in her first outdoor national meet, Laios was seeded 15th in the women's discus throw with a school-record mark of 45.11 meters. She finished seventh in the event with a toss of 44.41 meters.
Laios becomes the first Spartan woman to earn an All-American honor during the outdoor season since former Spartan Erin Hollinger finished fourth in the high jump at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Junior Dominic Oddo also competed on Thursday in the men's decathlon. Odd was seeded 13th in the event with a score of 6,487 points. He competed in five events on Thursday and currently sits in ninth placed with 3,552 points. Oddo earned a 12th place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.31 (793 points) and then placed tied for third in the long jump with a mark of 6.90 meters (790 points). He finished his last three events on Thursday with a 16th place finish in the shot put (10.95m, 543 points), a tied for ninth in the high jump (1.84m, 661 points) and a sixth place finish in the 400-meter dash (51.10, 765 points).
Laios and Oddo will continue competition at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships tomorrow. Laios is set to compete in the women's shot put at 2:00 p.m., while Oddo will conclude the men's decathlon (110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 1,500-meter run) with events starting at 10:00 a.m.
Fans can follow tomorrow's action with live video at https://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule and live results at http://results.deltatiming.com/ncaa/tf/2019-ncaa-d3-outdoor-championships.