Spartans Track and Field Wins Battle for the Obelisk for Second-Straight Year

Spartans Track and Field Wins Battle for the Obelisk for Second-Straight Year

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams combined for a total of 146 team points to win the Ninth Annual Battle for the Obelisk against University Athletic Association rival Carnegie Mellon University.

This is the second-straight year the Spartans have won the Obelisk. The women's team scored 88 points and the men contributed 58 in order to hold on to the title. 

Senior Christen Saccucci earned the title in the pole vault after clearing the bar set at 3.50m, a mark good enough for a new school record and meet record. Saccucci set the previous meet record of 3.21m back in 2013. 

With another meet record, sophomore Sam Merriman finished first in the 5,000-meter run with a final time of 15:03.08 besting the previous meet-record of 15:04.64 set in 2013. 

The Spartan trio of senior Temi Omilabu, sophomore Mikhaylan Price and freshman Nimi Gupta swept the women's weight throw. Omilabu claimed the title with a toss of 14.20m, while Price and Gupta finished second and third with career-best throws of 14.00m and 13.64m, respectively. 

In the men's weight throw, senior Nicholas Heim finished in first place after a 15.16m toss, while sophomore Cassandra Laios threw 11.37m in the shot put for first place. 

Sophomore Danielle Kulpins was first to cross the finish line of the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:41.00 and senior Rachel Laveson won the 5,000-meter run (19:02.57). 

Sophomore Grant Mlack grabbed a first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles crossing the line with a time of 8.69. 

The women's distance medley relay team of senior Juliana Ross, junior Olivia Zabrodsky and freshmen Maria Derenzo and Marissa Miyagi earned another first place finish for the Spartans. The quad stopped the clock for a time of 13:16.88.

Senior Kelsey Aamoth, Zabrodsky and freshman Jennifer Hoffman swept the mile run for CWRU with times of 5:25.87, 5:33.18 and 5:34.15 for first, second and third, respectively. 

With a new career-best time, sophomore Skylar Braga turned in a time of 27.29 in the 200-meter dash to earn the title. In the 60-meter dash, Braga earned another title for the Spartans with a time of 8.08. 

With freshman Rasheed Ajala, junior Nathaniel Wahner and sophomore Zak Hurd, the Spartans took one, two and three in the 60-meter dash. Ajala finished first with a time of 7.18 followed by Wahner with a time of 7.21 for second and Hurd with 7.26 for third. The trio would strike again with another sweep of the 200-meter dash. Wahner crossed first with a time of 23.31, followed by Ajala, with a new career-best and Hurd for second and third with times of 23.46 and 23.71, respectively. Wahner also took the title in the 400-meter dash crossing the line with a time of 50.93. 

To close the evening, the women's 4x400-meter relay team finished in first. Derenzo, junior Abby Casalnova, senior Cece Hanline and freshman Hayley Kline crossed the finish line with a time of 4:11.64. 

On February 6, the Spartans will travel to the University of Mount Union for the Jim Wuske Invitational.