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Wahner wins three times

Men’s track and field take third, women take fifth

Noah Crowley, Staff Reporter

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The Spartans did exceptionally well this weekend in Ada, Ohio. Case Western Reserve University’s track and field teams took a pair of top-five finishes in the 15 team meet at Ohio Northern University (ONU). The men’s team finished in third, while the women’s team took fifth place. ONU’s women scored the most points and their men took second place on the team’s home grounds. The Spartans earned three first-place finishes, three second-place finishes and a handful of third-place finishes as well.

For the men, fourth-year sprinter Nathaniel Wahner took first-place in three competitions. Wahner won the 60-meter run with a time of 7.17 seconds. Then he conquered his competition in the 200-meter run with a time of 22.80 seconds. Finally, he came out on top in the 400-meter run with a time of 50.13 seconds.

In addition to his outstanding solo efforts, Wahner also partnered with three of his teammates to earn second place in the 4×200-meter relay. Third-year student Adrian Cannon, first-year student Jonathan Haling and fourth-year student Nico Ericksen-Deriso teamed up with Wahner to complete the event in a time of 1:31.17. Cannon also ran with three other teammates for another second place relay finish. Cannon, first-year students Dominic Oddo and Mitchell Webb and third-year student Grant Mlack finished the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:30.15. Overall, the men scored 79 points on the day.

As for the women, there were no first-place finishes, but there was a wealth of other impressive results.

Second-year student Olivia Newman earned second place in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:00.73, the only second place finish for the Spartan women. Additionally, Newman also teamed up with third-year student Skylar Braga, fourth-year student Abby Casalnova and first-year student Bari Love to finish in fifth place in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:50.24. Casalnova was also on another fifth place team, working with first-year students Maria King, Brianna Rees and Tatum Naylor in the 4×400-meter relay to achieve a time of 4:19.23.

Third-year thrower Cassandra Laios set a school record with a 12.64 meter throw in the shot put event. The new record was good enough for fourth place in the competition. She also finished fourth in the weight throw, heaving the weight 14.89 meters. By the end of the competition, the CWRU women earned 64 points.

Both the Spartan men and women performed well and placed well for the team overall. The next meet for the team is Friday, Feb. 10 in Berea, Ohio where Baldwin Wallace University will host their Mid-February Meet. Look for the Spartans to have another strong team outing.

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Wahner wins three times