Case Western Reserve University graduate student Cassandra Laios claimed the University Athletic Association Championship in the weight throw, to lead the Spartans during the first day of competition at the 2019 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Laios finished first in the weight throw with a distance of 17.92 meters on her throw in the finals. She scored 10 points towards the Spartan women's team total with her finish in the event, while sophomore Taylor Jackson added six points after finishing third with a mark of 14.46 meters and senior Marina Yu contributing five points after placing fourth in the event with a toss of 13.89 meters.
Junior Madeline Lindemann also claimed All-UAA honors on the first day of competition as she finished second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:43.88. Junior Abbey Waltz added points for the Spartan women as she finished fourth in the pole vault with a new school record mark of 3.63 meters. That mark bests Christen Saccucci's mark of 3.50 meters set back in 2016.
The Spartan women's distance medley relay team of senior Jennifer Hoffmann, junior Vanessa Pasadyn, junior Shahed Eid and senior Isabel Torres-Padin added a fifth-place finish in the event with a time of 12:39.90.
The Spartan men added one more All-UAA honor on Saturday with junior Trey Razanauskas finishing third in the 5,000-meter run with a new school-record time of 14:40.40. That time bests the previous school record of 14:44.18 set by Aaron Johnston Peck in 2006.
Adding points for the Spartan men were junior Dominic Oddo in the long jump (fourth, 6.64m) and the high jump (tied for seventh, 1.78m), sophomore Jordan Butler in the long jump (sixth, 6.51m) and the high jump (tied for seventh, 1.78m), junior Brian Holden in the weight throw (fourth, 14.58m) and senior Ananth Suresh in the long jump (eighth, 6.27m).
After one day of competition, the CWRU women sit in third placed in the standings with 37.5 points. Washington (Mo.) leads in the standings with 52 points, followed by Chicago with 50. The Spartan men sit in fourth place with 25 points. Carnegie Mellon leads in the standings with 61 points, followed by Washington with 31 points and Chicago with 28 points.
Case Western Reserve is in good position to add onto its team score on Sunday, with six athletes qualifying for finals, following their performances in preliminaries on Saturday. Junior Michael Hradesky earned a spot in the 800-meter dash after finishing third in the preliminaries with a time of 1:56.06.
The Spartan men will also have two participants competing in the 60-meter dash tomorrow. Sophomore Musa Hakim Jr. finished fifth in the preliminaries with a time of 7.17 and freshman Juan Perez placed seventh with a time of 7.20. In addition, Oddo placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries with a time of 8.78, while junior Mitchell Webb finished eighth with a time of 8.92.
The Spartan women will have senior Olivia Newman competing in the 400-meter dash finals tomorrow after finishing sixth in the preliminaries with a time of 1:00.06.
The second and final day of the 2019 UAA Indoor Championships is slated to begin with field events at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, followed by events on the track at 12:00 p.m.