Herzog Breaks School Record, Spartan Women Win Seven Events at Holiday Lid Lifter

Sophia Herzog broke her own school record in the pole vault
Sophia Herzog broke her own school record in the pole vault

CLEVELAND – Junior Sophia Herzog (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) broke her own school record in the pole vault, and the Case Western Reserve University women's track & field team secured seven first-place spots at the season-opening Spartan Holiday Lid Lifter on Saturday at the Veale Center.

Herzog topped her previous school record of 10 feet, 8 inches with a jump of 11'3." The third-year Spartan also finished in the top six in the 55-meter dash with a time of 8.05.

Overall, Case dominated the jumping events as junior Keri Walter (Cairo, Egypt/Cairo American), sophomore Emily Harker (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), sophomore Asante Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Hilton) and Herzog all won their respective events.

Walter won the triple jump with a distance of 34'05.5" and tied Harker for first in the high jump at 5'0.25." Brown leaped an event-best 16'01.5" in the long jump.

In distance running, sophomore Juliana Ross (New York, N.Y./Bronx Science) was the top performer in the 800m run with a time of 2:39.43, while sophomore Taylor O'Neil's (Dayton, Ohio/Carroll) 6:07.38 was the best time in the mile.

Other top three-finishers for the Spartans included senior Gavriella Pora (Nampa, Idaho/Liberty Charter) in the 55m dash, freshman Abby Casalnova (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) in the 400m dash, sophomore Christen Saccucci (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) in the pole vault, senior Thenessa Savitsky (Frackville, Pa./North Schuykill) in the triple jump, and Brown in the triple jump.

The Spartans are now idle until January 24 for the BW Mid-January Meet in Berea.