Spartan track and field teams achieve in the postseason

Spring 2022 Postseason Recap Series


Courtesy of CWRU Athletics

First-year Ashley Novak from Downers Grove, Illinois, recorded times of 18:08 in the three-mile and 18:49 in the 5K during the cross country season while in high school.

Puneet Bansal, Sports Editor

Through the end of the spring semester, the Case Western Reserve University track and field teams showcased high level performances in the postseason.

At the UAA Championships in April, several athletes placed and earned points for CWRU, finishing fifth as a team with 29 points. On the first day, third-year Jack Begley placed third in the 10,000-meter run in 32:12.43, earning him his third All-UAA honor of the season. First-year Aidan Nathan earned fifth in the competition (32:27.36).

Second-year Aidan Nathan was the team’s fifth finisher at the UAA Championships and the 40th overall finisher. (Courtesy of CWRU Athletics)

Other top performances included second-year Jack Wragan (fourth, 4.30 meters) and first-year Quaylen Lamarre (eighth, 3.00 meters) in the pole vault, fourth-year Ben Brisman in the hammer throw (sixth, 46.22 meters), third-year Keith Cartwright in the javelin throw (sixth, 47.50 meters) and third-year Liam O’Reilly in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (seventh, 9:41.16). First-years Nate Gilbert and Hans Holst and third-years Joe Jaster and Will Dehmler placed fourth in the 4×800-meter relay in 7:49.78, the second fastest time in program history.

The second day was headlined by Jaster’s second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 14:47.14 and earning his second All-UAA honor. Begley finished sixth in 14:54.37.

Fourth-year Logan Singer ran a program record-breaking 3:51.39 in the 1,500-meter run, placing fifth. He also finished eight in the 800-meter race (1:52.82). First-year Nicolas Lende, third-year Will Dehmler, and second-years Yusuf Shaaban and Brett Callow placed fifth in the 4×400-meter relay (3:22.86).

The women’s team was led by second-year Adrienne Wachtman, who won the UAA title in the javelin throw with a 38.18-meter mark. First-year Lauren Roskuszka also brought in a podium result in the event, finishing third-place in the event (35.19 meters). In the pole vault, third-year Victoria Zhao placed second with a mark of 3.37 meters, the fourth best in program history. First-year Amelia DiBiase placed eighth in the event (3.22 meters). Wachtman and third-year Tori Cohen placed eighth in the shot put (10.94 meters) and in the hammer throw (41.36 meters), respectively. The quartet of second-year Grace Jackson, third-year Melissa Phung, fourth-year Susanna Henry and second-year Jessica Kwasny placed fourth in the 4×800-meter relay (9:37.32).

For the second day, third-year Mia Vargo tied second in the high jump (1.58 meters) to earn the second All-UAA honor of her career. First-year Sara Ozeki finished fourth in the triple jump (11.41 meters), the second best jump in program history. Second-year Emily Hopkins finished fifth in the event (11.28 meters). Ozeki, Hopkins and second-years Elise Moore and Anna Zinsser took fourth in the 4×100-meter relay (51.17 seconds). 

In their penultimate meet of the season prior to the NCAA championships, the team split to compete at the Harrison Dillard Twilight Meet and at the St. Francis Fighting Chance Meet. Singer set a school record in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:48.64 and placed seventh, earning the Spartan Club Athlete of the Week honor. This time also earned him 23rd best in the country. Jaster also finished the event (3:53.60). O’Reilly placed eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:37.44), Jackson placed seventh in the 1,500-meter run (4:43.13) and Ozeki placed eighth in the triple jump (11.23 meters). Vargo cleared 1.67 meters in the high jump, taking fourth place at the event and 20th in the country. Moore finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:00.35) while Callow took seventh in the same event (51.99).

Two Spartans represented CWRU at the Mount Union Last Chance Meet, the final opportunity for the team to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships. Singer and Wachtman both finished third in their respective events. Singer ran the 1,500-meter run in 3:55.82 while Wachtman recorded a mark of 34.11 meters.

On May 20, Jaster was selected to compete in the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 meter run. He qualified at the Bison Outdoor Classic, running the distance in a school-record time of 14:14.74, earning him the 14th seed in the championship.

Jaster traveled to Geneva, Ohio for the championships. He ran in the main group for most of the race and held third place 3,000 meters in. Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep up the pace and fell to 19th, finishing the distance in 15:03.92.

In addition to the achievements on the field, many Spartan athletes earned season honors. Begley was named to the Academic All-District Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country First Team and the Academic All-America DIII Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country Second Team. Ozeki, Vargo, Wachtman, third-year Cecelia Zielke, Begley, Jaster and Singer received All-Academic Athlete Honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Both teams secured the All-Academic Team honors.