CWRU Men’s 4x1 Breaks School Record Again at Great Lakes Elite Meet

CWRU Men’s 4x1 Breaks School Record Again at Great Lakes Elite Meet

For the third time this season, the Case Western Reserve University men's 4x100-meter relay team set a school record to pace the Spartans at the Great Lakes Elite Meet, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio on Thursday, the team's final meet of the 2016 season.

The 4x100-meter relay team of junior Nathaniel Wahner, sophomore Adrian Cannon, sophomore Zak Hurd and freshman Rasheed Ajala became the first Spartan relay to break 42 seconds in the event, finishing third overall at the meet with a time of 41.88 seconds.  The time was over half a second better than the previous school-record time of 42.41 seconds, which was set by Cannon, Hurd, Ajala and senior Jonathan Freeman earlier in the season at the Toledo Invitational, and ranked 45th among all NCAA Division III relays this season.

Ajala also set a personal-best time in the individual 100-meter dash, finishing fourth in the finals with a time of 10.96 seconds, improving on his preliminary time of 10.97.  Hurd finished 10th in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.25 seconds, while Wahner placed third in the 200-meter run with a time of 22.03 seconds, and sophomore Grant Mlack added a time of 54.25 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing fourth in the event.  In the throwing events for the men, junior Pat Shober was the runner-up in the javelin throw with a distance of 55.04 meters, and senior Nicholas Heim added an eighth-place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 49.15 meters.

For the Spartan women, sophomore Cassandra Laios recorded a career-best mark in the women's shot put with a throw of 12.21 meters, finishing sixth.  She added a 10th-place finish in the discus throw with a mark of 36.70 meters.

The Great Lakes Elite Meet will mark the end of the 2016 campaign for the Spartans, who did not qualify any competitors for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, despite a number of athletes ranked in the top-50 nationally in their respective events.  In addition to the 4x100-meter relay, senior Kristen Ruckstuhl was 25th in the women's 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:25.66, Mlack was 30th in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.85 seconds, freshman Olivia Newman was 33rd in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.18, sophomore Danielle Kulpins was 40th in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:10.89 and junior Temi Omilabu was 39th in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 49.01 meters.