Aamoth, O’Neil & Ledger Record First-Place Finishes at Wooster Invite

Aamoth, O’Neil & Ledger Record First-Place Finishes at Wooster Invite

Case Western Reserve University seniors Kelsey Aamoth and Taylor O'Neil and junior Joe Ledger each won events at the Wooster Invitational over the weekend, pacing the Spartans to a number of strong performances during the meet.

In the team standings, the Case Western Reserve men placed fifth out of 12 teams with 55 points, finishing behind only Mount Union (165), Wash (106), Baldwin Wallace (72), and Ashland (67).  The Spartan women finished sixth out of 15 teams with 63 points, trailing only Mount Union (111), Walsh (107), Ashland (88.5), Otterbein (67) and Baldwin Wallace (64) in the final standings.

Aamoth picked up the win in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:51.89, while O'Neil earned the victory in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.27.  Ledger was victorious in the men's 800-meter run, finishing first in the event with a time of 1:59.46.

Two CWRU women turned out standout performances in the hammer throw, registering the top-two marks in the University Athletic Association this season.  Senior Temi Omilabu finished third in the event with a throw of 45.90 meters, the best mark by a UAA competitor and 23rd in the NCAA.  Junior Monica Hiller placed seventh with a toss of 41.64 meters, the second-best UAA tally of the season.

Competing in the javelin throw for the first time of her career, freshman Shannon Carroll finished third with a distance of 30.68 meters, the fourth-best by a UAA athlete in 2016, and was also the team's top-finisher in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing 16th with a time of 16.70 seconds.  In the pole vault, senior Christen Saccucci finished eighth, clearing the bar at a height of 3.22 meters, the fourth-best in the UAA and 47th-best in Division III.

The Spartans were also strong in the women's distance events, with sophomore Danielle Kulpins placing second (11:23.91) and senior Evy Hail fourth (11:42.62) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and sophomore Rachel Laveson finishing second (18:44.36) and senior Lydia Greene eighth (19:33.33) in the 5,000-meter run.

Other top finishers for the CWRU women included freshman Mikhaylan Price in the shot put (10th, 10.32m) and discus throw (11th, 32.93m), sophomore Rachel Willard in the long jump (32nd, 4.46m), junior Abby Casalnova in the 400-meter run (19th, 1:05.83), sophomore Brittany Henry in the 100-meter dash (33rd, 13.68), sophomore Marie-Louise Kloster in the 400-meter hurdles (8th, 1:11.10), freshman Sarah Stottner in the 200-meter dash (14th, 28.27), and senior Laurel Shickler in the high jump (10th, 1.47m).

For the men, sophomore Grant Mlack turned in another career-best performance with a time of 15.19 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, the best in the UAA this season, 21st among D-III competitors, and the fourth-fastest mark in school history.  Mlack now leads the conference in both hurdle events this season, after recording the top-mark in the UAA in the 400-meter hurdles last weekend.

Sophomore Alex Nesvisky was the Spartans top finisher in a pair of throwing events, placing 19th in the hammer throw with a distance of 40.64 meters, the fourth-best mark in the UAA, and 11th in the shot put with a mark of 13.38 meters.  Sophomore Ryan DeMarinis also climbed into the top-five in the UAA in the shot put with a mark of 13.13 meters at the Wooster Invite, finishing 13th in the event.

Junior Nathaniel Wahner recorded the second-best time by a UAA competitor this year in the 200-meter dash, finishing fourth with a time of 22.71 seconds, and senior Jared Brucker cleared the bar at a height of 4.13 meters in the pole vault, the third-best height in the UAA in 2016.  Freshman Ananth Suresh added a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 6.34 meters, ranking him fifth in the event in the UAA this year.

The Spartans placed two runners in the top three of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with junior Galen Caldwell finishing second with a time of 9:43.54, 24th in Division III, and senior Chippy Kennedy placing third with a mark of 9:48.92, 33rd in Division III.

Other top finishers for the Spartan men during the weekend included sophomore Aidan DeSanto in the 1,500-meter run (3rd, 4:05.16), junior Nico Ericksen-Deriso in the 400-meter run (15th, 53.62), freshman Rasheed Ajala in the 100-meter dash (15th, 11.43), junior Perry Billett in the 400-meter hurdles (fourth, 58.82) and freshman Tyler Bushman in the discus throw (19th, 33.73m).

Next up for the Spartans will be the Marv Frye Invitational, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio on Saturday, April 9th.