Case Western Reserve University graduate student thrower Cassandra Laios and junior multi-event competitor Dominic Oddo were named the University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week for men's and women's field events, following their performances at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio this past weekend.
Laios joined elite company on Saturday by the winning the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Hammer Throw Championship. She became the 15th NCAA Champion in the 45-year history of CWRU Spartans athletics, and the first since former Spartan men's tennis players Eric Klawitter and C.J. Krimbill claimed the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship. Competing her final collegiate event of her career, Laios was seeded second in the hammer with a then school-record mark of 55.96 meters. She finished first in the event on Saturday with a new school-record toss of 56.34 meters. Laios became the first Spartan track and field athlete to earn a national title during the outdoor season since former Spartan Obinna Nwanna won the decathlon in 2010. In addition, she becomes the first Spartan woman to win a national title during the outdoor season since former Spartan Esther Erb won the 10,000-meter run in 2008. In addition to her national title in the hammer throw, Laios also placed seventh in the discus on Thursday with a mark of 44.41 meters.
Laios ends her CWRU career as the program-record holder in the hammer throw, shot put and discus, while also collecting three All-American honors and a national title throughout her spectacular career. In addition, Laios has gathered 18 career UAA Athlete of the Week honors.
Oddo earned a 14th place finish in the men's decathlon at the 2019 Outdoor Championships this past weekend as he posted a score of 6,455 points. He competed in five events on Thursday and sat in ninth place after the first day 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). Oddo opened the second day of the event with a time of 15.65 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, good for 10th overall, and adding 773 points to his score. He then earned an 11thplace finish in the discus (32.76m, 519 points) and 16th place finish in the pole vault (3.60m, 509 points). Oddo concluded the event with a 16th place finish in the javelin (40.00m, 442 points) and an eighth place finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:43.27, 660 points).
This was the sixth UAA Athlete of the Week honor of his career.
The conclusion of the meet marked the official end of the 2018-19 season for CWRU Athletics.
The following Spartans have earned UAA Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors during the 2018-19 season:
December 3rd: Dominic Oddo (Men's Field)
February 4th: Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)
February 11th: Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)
March 18th: Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)
March 25th: Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)
April 1st: Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)
April 8th: Dominic Oddo (Men's Field), Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)
April 15th: Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)
May 13th: Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)
May 28th: Dominic Oddo (Men's Field), Cassandra Laios (Women's Field)