Led by an All-UAA Second Team finish for sophomore Trey Razanauskas, the 30th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team placed fifth at the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships, hosted by the University of Chicago at the Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.
Razanauskas, the transfer student in his first year with the program, placed 14th overall in the men's 8K race with a time of 26:12.4. His finish at the meet was good enough to earn him a spot on the All-UAA Second Team. It also marked the first time he has been the team's top finisher in a meet this season.
Junior David Hall was the team's second finisher, placing 20th overall with a time of 26:23.1, and freshman Spencer Weigand crossed the finish line third for CWRU, placing 24th among the field with a time of 26:27.4. Junior Andrew Green was 40th overall with a time of 26:53.7 Sophomore Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro was 48th overall with a time of 27:07.9 to complete the team's top-five scorers. Senior Zach Roshon added a 49th-place finish with a time of 27:12.2.
Other finishers for CWRU on Sunday included junior Michael Klein (57th place, 27:33.1), junior Karthik Ravichandran (60th place, 27:46.3), junior Tim Andrews (61st place, 27:49.9), and senior Ben Resnick (69th place, 28:36.6).
The Spartans' fifth-place team finish was the team's highest at the UAA Championships since also finishing fifth in 2012, and marked a two-spot improvement from their finish at last year's meet.
Washington University (ranked second in Division III) won the meet with a score of 31, notching the top three finishers in the race, including Brad Hodkinson, who won the UAA Championship with a time of 25:19.8 to finish first among 77 competitors on Sunday. 12th-ranked Carnegie Mellon finished second with 37 points, followed by 18th-ranked Chicago (98 points), and 31st-ranked Emory (122 points). Trailing the Spartans in the standings were 34th-ranked NYU (151), Rochester (160) and Brandeis (250).
The Spartans will be off next weekend, as the team prepares for the 2018 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championships, hosted by Franklin University in Shelbyville, Indiana on Saturday, November 10th.