Track and field ready for a championship

The Case Western Reserve University track and field teams traversed 57 miles to the University of Mount Union for the Mount Union Tune Up ahead of the University Athletic Association Indoor Championships.

While there were individual awards, team scores were not recorded.

Fourth-year runner Grant Mlack finished the 60-meter hurdles in 8.10 seconds, earning him a tie for first place with an athlete from Mount Union. Second-year runner Dominic Oddo finished a tenth of a second behind Mlack for a share of third place. Oddo also placed third in the long jump at 6.75 meters.

Led by three experienced athletes, four women also earned the top spot in their respective events. Fourth-year athletes Cassandra Laios, Nimi Gupta and Rachel Laveson won first in shot put, weight throw and the 5,000-meter run, respectively. First-year sprinter Julie Hines won her event, the 400-meter dash.

Several other Spartans had successful showings at Mount Union. In the 500-meter run, second-year runner Jonathan Haling finished second. Also finishing second was first-year long distance runner Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro in the 3,000-meter run, with a time just over nine minutes.

The women managed a couple of second place medals as well. Second-year miler Vanessa Pasadyn finished her event in 5:17, less than a second behind the ultimate winner. Second-year jumper Samantha Kelts earned silver in the triple jump with just over 10 meters.

A few CWRU athletes also won third. For the men besides Oddo, first-year athlete Kai Fletcher placed third in the high jump, with a height of 1.91 meters. For the women, fourth-year jumper Skylar Braga finished in third in the long jump and second-year runner Shahed Eid earned bronze in the 800-meter run.

Up next is the UAA Indoor Championships. Both the men’s and women’s teams will look to secure a strong finish on the weekend of Feb. 24 and 25 at home in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center.