Case Western Reserve University graduate student Cassandra Laios won two conference titles during the first day of the competition at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships, pacing the Spartan women to third in the team standing after Saturday's action at the meet, hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Case Western Reserve finished the day in third place, accumulating 55.0 points during the day. Washington (Mo.) finished the day in first place with 75.0 points and the University of Chicago is in second with 67.0 points.
Laios won the hammer throw with a mark of 54.69 meters, which is a new UAA meet record. She became the fifth Spartan ever to win the event at the UAA Outdoor Championships, joining Amanda Kline (2012), Temi Omilabu (2016), Laios (2017) and Nimi Gupta (2018). Freshman Kayla Reece claimed All-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the event with a throw of 46.05 meters, and sophomore Taylor Jackson (45.75m) and senior Marina Yu (45.67m) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to add to the Spartans team score.
Laios also won the conference title in the shot put, becoming the third Spartan to win the event since 2012. She finished first on Saturday with a new school-record mark of 14.20 meters, which bests her previous school record of 13.48 meters. Her mark also was new UAA meet record. Jackson added a fifth-place finish in the event with a toss of 11.68 meters, while senior Shannon Carroll placed sixth with a mark of 11.47 meters.
Adding a scoring finished on Saturday was junior Abbey Waltz in the pole vault (sixth, 3.48m), sophomore Grace Kemerer in 3,000-meter steeplechase (fifth, 11:56.85) and sophomore Cara Giannuzzi in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (seventh, 12:09.28). The Spartans' 4x800-meter relay team of junior Shahed Eid, senior Jennifer Hoffmann, senior Maria DeRenzo and junior Vanessa Pasadyn also added fifth-place finish with a time of 9:39.10.
In addition to Saturday's scorers, two Spartans qualified for finals events on Sunday, based on their performances in preliminaries during the first day. Senior Olivia Newman earned a spot in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles after placing fourth in the preliminaries with a time of 13.16, while she also earned a spot in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing fifth with a time of 1:04.96. In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Julie Hines clinched her spot in the finals with a time of 58.95, and good for a fifth-place finish in the preliminaries.
The second day of the 2019 UAA Outdoor Championships is slated to begin with the field events at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, followed by events on the track at 11:30 a.m.