CWRU Track & Field Teams and 11 Individuals Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

CWRU Track & Field Teams and 11 Individuals Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

Both the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams, along with 11 individual team members, were recognized by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their academic achievements during the 2019 season.

The men's and women's squads each secured All-Academic Team awards, presented to teams with a 3.00 or higher combined cumulative grade point average. The CWRU men ended the year with a team cumulative 3.48 grade point average, the 17th-highest among NCAA Division III teams, while the CWRU women's 3.62 team cumulative GPA was 19th-best among Division III teams. A total of 297 teams were honored for their academics by the USTFCCCA, including 184 women's squads and 113 men's teams.

Individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees from Case Western Reserve, who qualified by recording a GPA of 3.30 or higher and either competing in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finishing the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event, included junior Jonathan Haling, junior Brian Holden, junior Michael Hradesky, junior Dominic Oddo, freshman Juan Perez, sophomore Trey Razanauskas and senior Ananth Suresh of the men's team, and senior Shannon Carroll, graduate student Cassandra Laios, senior Olivia Newman and junior Abbey Waltz of the women's team.

Haling completed his junior year with a 3.726 cumulative GPA, and was 34th in the outdoor 400-meter dash with a time of 48.48 at the NCC Gregory Final Qualifier. In addition, he was a member of the 4x400-meter relay that recorded a time of 3:17.77 at the UAA Outdoor Championships.

Holden finished the year with a 3.968 cumulative GPA, and was 22nd in the outdoor javelin, notching a mark of 59.54 meters at the UAA Championships.

Hradesky completed his junior year with a 3.747 cumulative GPA, and was a member of the 4x400-meter relay that recorded a time of 3:17.77 at the UAA Outdoor Championships.

Oddo has a 3.347 grade point average, and placed 18th in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships and finished 14th in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, he finished 19th in the indoor heptathlon (4,733 points), 13th in the outdoor decathlon (6,487 points) and 43rd in the outdoor 400-meter hurdles (54.54).

Perez completed his freshman year with a 3.333 cumulative GPA, and was a member of the 4x400-meter relay that recorded a time of 3:17.77 at the UAA Outdoor Championships.

Razanauskas has a 4.00 grade point average, and placed 15th in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships and finished ninth in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, he finished 18th in the indoor 5,000-meter run (14:31.07), 47th in the outdoor 1,500-meter run (3:54.57), 14th in the outdoor 5,000-meter run (14:24.91) and 35th in the outdoor 10,000-meter run (30:49.55).

Suresh graduated with a 3.475 GPA, and ended the outdoor regular season ranked 21st among Division III competitors in the triple jump (14.47m).

Carroll was ranked 30th in the outdoor javelin throw with a mark of 40.33 meters in 2018, graduating with a 3.438 GPA.

Laios has a 3.739 grade point average, and placed fourth in the weight throw and ninth in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships, while also claiming the title in the hammer throw, placing seventh in the discus and finishing 22nd in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, she finished the regular season ranked 11th in indoor weight throw (18.05m), 11th in the indoor shot put (13.92m), second in the outdoor hammer throw (55.96m), 12th in the outdoor shot put (14.20m) and 17th in the outdoor discus (45.11m).

Newman graduated with a 3.806 GPA, and ended the outdoor regular season ranked 30th among Division III competitors in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.22).

Waltz completed her junior year with a 4.00 cumulative GPA, and was 31st in the indoor pole vault (3.63m) and 42nd in the outdoor pole vault (3.57m).

The USTFCCCA recognized a total of 462 men and 631 women across Division III as All-Academic honorees.