Case Western Reserve University graduate student Cassandra Laios was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Track & Field/ Cross Country First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), following her outstanding career as a student-athlete with the program.
It marks the 10th time in the history of the CWRU women's track and field and cross country programs that a Spartan has claimed a spot on the Academic All-America team, and Laios is the first from the program to be selected an Academic All-American since Danielle Kulpins in 2018.
Laios becomes the fifth Spartan this year to win the award, joining Dee Gose (football), Karley King (volleyball), Rocco Maue (baseball) and Ilissa Hamilton (softball) and the 109th selection in the history of CWRU athletics.
Laios recently completed a stellar career at Case Western Reserve. She joined elite company this past spring by the winning the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Hammer Throw Championship. She became the 15th NCAA Champion in the 48-year history of CWRU Spartans athletics, and the first since former Spartan men's tennis players Eric Klawitter and C.J. Krimbill claimed the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship.
Competing her final collegiate event of her career, Laios was seeded second in the hammer with a then school-record mark of 55.96 meters. She finished first in the event with a new school-record toss of 56.34 meters. Laios became the first Spartan track and field athlete to earn a national title during the outdoor season since former Spartan Obinna Nwanna won the decathlon in 2010. In addition, she becomes the first Spartan woman to win a national title during the outdoor season since former Spartan Esther Erb won the 10,000-meter run in 2008.
In addition to her national title in the hammer throw, Laios earned an All-American honor in the discus on the first day of the outdoor championships as she hit a mark of 44.41 meters to place seventh in the event. During the indoor season, Laios earned her first-career All-American honor as she placed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 17.98 meters at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Academically, Laios has recorded 3.87 undergraduate GPA and a 3.80 graduate GPA as an electrical engineering major.
This was the first Academic All-America honor of Laios' career. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, and be selected to an Academic All-District team.