#20 Men’s Cross Country Finishes Fourth at UAA Championships

Trey Razanauskas receives his UAA First Team medal for the 2019 UAA Championships

Behind a fifth-place finish from junior Trey Razanauskas, the Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team, ranked 20th in Division III, finished fourth at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday morning.

The Spartans finished with 96 points, placing behind first-place and fourth-ranked Carnegie Mellon (39 points), second-place and ninth-ranked Washington (43 points) and third-place and seventh-ranked Chicago (71 points).

The fourth-place finish was the Spartan's highest at the UAA Championships in 12 years, when the team placed third at the 2007 edition of the meet.  The finish among the strong field of competition should also help to strengthen CWRU's resume for a potential at-large for the NCAA Championships later in November, if necessary.

Rounding out the standings at the meet were no. 22 Emory (111), Rochester (184), no. 28 NYU (189) and Brandeis (232).

Razanauskas placed fifth out of 75 runners in the men's 8K race, crossing the finish line in a mark of 25:06.69 to lead the Spartans.  As one of the top-seven finishers in the event, he claimed All-UAA First Team honors.

The All-UAA First Team honor was the first of Razanauskas' career, after he claimed all-conference second team honors last season with a 14th-place finish.  It was the highest finish by a Spartan at the meet since Sam Merriman placed third overall in 2016.

In addition, Jack Begley was the top-finishing first-year runner, claiming UAA Rookie of the Year honors as a result.  He was the third Spartan to cross the finish line and placed 21st overall with a time of 25:42.94.  Begley became just the second Spartan to be named men's cross country Rookie of the Year since the creation of the award in 2000, joining former CWRU runner Aaron Johnston-Peck, who claimed the award in 2003.

Finishing between Razanauskas and Begley was sophomore Spencer Weigand, who missed out on All-UAA Second Team honors by just three places, finishing 17th overall with a time of 25:35.10.  Senior David Hall finished 24th overall with a mark of 25:45.97, and junior Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro was 32nd overall with a time of 25:58.53.

First-year Robert St. Clair was also recognized as one of the top freshmen in the league following the meet, finishing 40th overall and seventh among first-year runners with a time of 26:04.26, and sophomore Logan Singer was the seventh Spartan to cross the finish line, placing 47th in the field with a time of 26:12.07.  Other CWRU runners on Saturday included sophomore Alex Loeper, who was 53rd overall with a time of 26:27.11, first-year Joe Jaster, who was 58th overall with a time of 26:43.69, and junior Dmytro Blundell, who was 67th overall with a time of 27:30.37.

Chicago junior Ryan Cutter was the top-finishing individual with a time of 24:50.23.  He was followed by Washington senior Nick Matteucci (24:50.54), and Carnegie Mellon seniors Josh Kalapos (25:04.78) and Evan Yukevich (25:06.40).

The Spartans will have next weekend off from competition before traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2019 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, November 16th, as the team will look to secure a berth in the NCAA Championship meet for the second-straight year.