Spartans to Begin Run Towards NCAAs at Toledo Invite this Week

Spartans to Begin Run Towards NCAAs at Toledo Invite this Week

Back in action for the first time since the 2016 University Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Case Western Reserve University track and field team will travel to the University of Toledo for the Toledo Invitational on Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th.

With the conference championships now behind them, the Spartans will begin to focus on improving their qualifying times for the NCAA Division III Championships, to be held from May 26th – 28th at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.  The top-20 men and 22 women in each event, and the top-16 relays, will receive entry to the NCAA DIII Championships.

Spartans who are currently ranked in the top-50 nationally in their events include senior Kristen Ruckstuhl in the 10,000-meter run (28th, 36:52.33), sophomore Grant Mlack in the 400-meter hurdles (19th, 53.85), freshman Olivia Newman in the 400-meter hurdles (19th, 1:03.50), sophomore Danielle Kulpins in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (44th, 11:17.91) and junior Temi Omilabu in the hammer throw (26th, 49.01 meters).

CWRU athletes currently scheduled to compete this weekend include seniors Jared Brucker, Jonathan Freeman, Gabe McLeod, Christen Saccucci, and Laurel Shickler, juniors Joe Ledger, and Nathaniel Wahner, sophomore Adrian Cannon, Zak Hurd, Cassandra Laios, and Mlack, and freshmen Rasheed Ajala and Newman.

The meet is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday with the hammer throw and shot put.  Action will resume on Friday, with field events starting at 9:00 a.m., and events on the track commencing at noon.

Results and a recap of the Spartans' performances at the meet will be posted to following the completion of competition on Friday.