CWRU XC Sets Sights at 2019 UAA Championship on Saturday

CWRU XC Sets Sights at 2019 UAA Championship on Saturday

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's cross country teams will be headed to Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 2nd for the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University.  The men's 8K race is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start, to be followed by the women's 6K race at noon.

The official website for the meet is available at https://athletics.cmu.edu/sports/mxc/2019-20/uaachampionships.  Results will be posted on the website, as well as at https://www.secondwindtiming.com/results.

Scheduled to compete for the CWRU men are senior David Hall, juniors Trey Razanauskas, Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, and Dmytro Blundell, sophomores Spencer Weigand, Logan Singer, and Alex Loeper, and first years Jack Begley, Joe Jaster, and Robert St. Clair.  Competing for the women will be seniors Madeline Lindemann, Vanessa Pasadyn and Mallorie Mitchem, juniors Kiera Olson, and Grace Kemerer, sophomores Jana Fisher, and Susanna Henry, and first-years Melissa Phung, Danielle Sarno, and Rae Dwyer.

The CWRU men placed fifth at last year's UAA Championships, hosted by the University of Chicago in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Razanauskas was the team's top finisher in the race, placing 14th overall to earn All-UAA Second Team honors.  The women finished seventh in 2018, as Lindemann placed 15th overall to narrowly miss out on All-UAA honors.

This year, the Spartan men will enter the meet ranked 20th in Division III and fourth in the Great Lakes Region, while the women received a vote in this week's national poll and are ranked eighth in the Great Lakes Region.

As is usually the case, the field for the UAA Championships will feature one of the most competitive fields of any NCAA Division III Conference Championship meet on both the men's and women's sides.  Including the Spartans, six of the eight teams competing on Saturday are nationally ranked, including no. 4 Carnegie Mellon, no. 7 Chicago, no. 9 Washington, no. 22 Emory and no. 28 NYU.  In addition, while not nationally ranked, Rochester is ranked ninth in the Atlantic Region.

Six of the eight women's teams are nationally ranked, including Washington (no. 2), Chicago (no. 7), Rochester (no. 24), Carnegie Mellon (No. 26), Emory (no. 34) and NYU (no. 35).  CWRU and Brandeis (no. 8 in the New England Region) are each regionally ranked.

The top-seven finishers for both the men and the women will be named to the All-UAA First Team, with the runners who place eighth through 14th earning All-UAA Second Team Honors.  The top men's and women's finisher will claim UAA Runner of the Year honors, while the top freshman on each side will secure the Rookie of the Year award.  In addition, the top-seven first-year finishers in the men's and women's race will be recognized following the race.

Results and a recap of the Spartans' performance at the UAA Championships will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition.