Weintraub breaks 25–year–old record in hammer throw
A trio of third-place finishes paced the Case Western Reserve University women’s track and field team to a 10th-place finish of 18 teams competing at the 2013 Division III All-Ohio Championship on Saturday at Selby Field. Meanwhile, junior thrower Harry Weintraub broke a 25-year-old program record in the hammer throw to lead the men’s to a 10th-place finish as well.
On the women’s side, the University of Mount Union claimed the team title with 145.50 points, while host Ohio Wesleyan was a distant second with 98 points. Baldwin Wallace University (65) was third, Denison University (53) finished fourth, and Heidelberg University (51) rounded out the top five.
For the men, Mount Union claimed the team title with 98 points, while Baldwin Wallace was second with 75 points. John Carroll University (69) was third, host Ohio Wesleyan University (67) finished fourth, and Otterbein University (56.50) rounded out the top five.
Two of the third-place showings came during field events. Senior Emily Tran was third in the javelin with a toss of 109 feet, one inch. Sophomore Sophia Herzog tied her school record by clearing the bar at 10 feet eight inches in the pole vault, while freshman Christen Saccucci was eighth at 10’2”.
Additionally in field events, scoring came from junior Thenessa Savitsky in the triple jump with a sixth-place effort of 34’8.25”. Senior Jenna Pansky was eighth in the javelin with a throw of 100’1”.
On the track, junior Brooke Simpson secured the Spartans’ other third-place showing in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:25.40. Additional points came from freshman Kelsey Aamoth in the 5,000m run (6th, 18:00.35) and senior Megan Milne in the 10,000m run (7th, 41:12.34).
In the final event of the evening, the 4×400 relay quartet of freshman CeCelia Hanline, sophomore McKenzie Braun, freshman Taylor O’Neil, and junior Gavriella Pora crossed the line with a combined time of 4:12.41 for sixth place.
Weintraub saved his best throw for last via a record-setting toss of 188‘9” to eclipse the previous mark of 185’3” set by Erwin Grabisna in 1988. Weintraub’s record throw garnered a third-place finish in the event. That mark currently ranks tied for seventh in all of NCAA Division III.
In other field events, sophomore Mark Kulinski scored a fifth-place finish during the pole vault with a height of 14’6.25”, while sophomore Joshua Malone tied for eighth in the high jump at 6’0”.
Point-scoring performances during track events came from senior Chris Kelly in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a runner-up time of 9:13.03, and junior David Dixon in fifth in 9:38.32. Of note, Kelly’s mark is the sixth-best time in Division III nationally thus far this spring.
Additionally, freshman Timothy Travitz was third in the 5,000m run (15:13.30), while classmate Benjamin Davis produced a fifth-place performance in the 10,000m run in a time of 32:24.89.
The Spartans will return to the track for a pair of meets next weekend starting with the John Carroll Invitational on Friday, April 19. The Sparky Adams Invitational hosted by Baldwin Wallace follows in Berea on Saturday, April 20.