ST. LOUIS – Led by a pair of top-20 finishers in freshman Sam Merriman (Middlesex, Vt./U-32) and junior captain Tony Spalding (South Bend, Ind./Marian), the Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team placed sixth at the 2014 University Athletic Association Championship on Saturday afternoon at Forest Park.
No. 13 nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis placed four of its runners in the top 10 to win the team title with 37 points. No. 31 Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) was runner-up with 60 points, and No. 27 University of Chicago was third with 78.
No. 28 New York University and Emory University (Ga.) were ahead of CWRU (153) with 102 and 119 points, respectively. The Spartans trailed the University of Rochester (N.Y.) after the first 4k, but were able to overtake the Yellowjackets over the next 2k to grab sixth place.
Merriman finished the 8k course with a 19th-place time of 25:54.34, and Spalding was 20th in 25:55.18.
Junior Ben Davis (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora) in 37th (26:22.05), sophomore Lou Takahashi (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) in 39th (26:23.51) and junior Timothy Travitz (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) in 41st (26:26.55) rounded out the scoring for CWRU.
The Spartans continue championship season at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, November 15 at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. The race is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.