Following her three conference titles in throwing events this past weekend, Case Western Reserve University graduate student thrower Cassandra Laios has been named the 2019 University Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Women's Most Outstanding Field Events Performer.
Laios claimed the title in the hammer throw and shot put on Saturday. In the hammer, she hit a mark of 54.69 meters which was 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). Laios also won the conference title in the shot put, becoming just 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 was also a new UAA meet record.
On Sunday, Laios won the conference title in the discus throw with a mark of 43.78 meters. Laios currently ranks first among all NCAA Division III competitors in the hammer (55.05m), seventh in the shot put (14.20m) and 21st in the discus (43.78m).
With this honor, Laios has now been named the UAA Most Outstanding Field Event performer four times in her career. Two occurred during the 2017 season, when she was named both the Indoor and Outdoor UAA Most Outstanding Field Event performer and the third was when she named the Indoor UAA Most Outstanding Field Event performer during the 2019 indoor season. She also has been selected as the UAA Field Athlete of the Week 16 times in her career.
Laios and the rest of the Spartan's track and field team will be turning their focus to the home stretch of the season, and members of the squad with a chance to make the NCAA Division III Championships in late May will continue to try to improve their qualifying marks.