Spartan Women Win Their Half in the Battle for the Obelisk versus Rival Carnegie Mellon

Gavriella Pora won the 200m dash and ran a leg for the first-place 4x400m relay. (photo by Lynne Browske)
Gavriella Pora won the 200m dash and ran a leg for the first-place 4x400m relay. (photo by Lynne Browske)

CLEVELAND – Led by five individual winners and one first-place relay quartet, the Case Western Reserve University women's track & field team defeated rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.), 66-61, during the annual Battle for the Obelisk on Saturday afternoon at the Veale Center. However, an 88-39 loss for the Spartan men gave the visitors the higher combined score and claim to the Obelisk Trophy.

The Obelisk Trophy is awarded to the winning school in what has become an annual dual meet between the two programs started by former CWRU Head Coach Steve Rubin.

All five individual wins for the Spartan women came from different student-athletes.

On the track, junior Gavriella Pora (Nampa, Idaho/Liberty Charter) squared off twice with CMU's top sprinter Jacqueline Guevel. Pora won the 200-meter dash in 27.04 seconds and was runner-up to Guevel in the 55m in 7.63.

Pora also ran a leg for the winning 4x400m relay, as she teamed with senior Alyssa Harker (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and freshmen Juliana Ross (New York, N.Y./The Bronx High School of Science) and CeCelia Hanline (Norwalk, Ohio/Norwalk St. Paul) and crossed the finish line in a time of 4:17.91.

In the 800m run, junior Brooke Simpson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) paced the field and matched her indoor career-best time of 2:28.98 as the Spartans claimed two of the top three spots.

In field events, freshman Christen Saccucci (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) and junior Thenessa Savitsky (Frackville, Pa./North Schuykill) each won their specialty events for the second-straight week.

Saccucci claimed victory in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10 feet, six and one-quarter inches. Savtisky won the triple jump with a mark of 33'2."

Also joining the winners circle was sophomore Rachel Tan (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) with a high jump of 4'11.75."

The Spartans will split squads next weekend with part of the team taking part at the BW Mid-February Meet in Berea at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8. The rest of the squad will compete at the annual All-Ohio Championship in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12:00 p.m.