Track and field shines at two invitationals

The Spartans took part in two meets in one day this past weekend, and managed to perform well in both. Case Western Reserve University’s men’s team took second and fourth place overall in the two meets, and the women’s team took third and fourth.

The first meet, the Marv Frye Invitational, was in Delaware, Ohio, and hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. At the meet, the Spartan men earned nine top-three finishes and the women gathered six.

Fourth-year student Nathaniel Wahner took first place in two events at the Marv Frye Invitational. He won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.32 and he won the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.83.

Even after finishing first in two events, Wahner also teamed with three other Spartans to take third place in the 4×100-meter hurdles. The team was made up of Wahner and third-year students Adrian Cannon, Zak Hurd and Ben Zelkin. They finished the event with a time of 42.98, just over a second behind Mount Vernon University, who took first.

First-year student Dominic Oddo took second place in the long jump with a distance of 6.67 meters and third-year student James Gibson also finished in second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:02.45. Three more Spartan men tallied third place finishes, helping the team earn 106 points at the invitational.

Three CWRU women also managed to secure first place in their events, and the team additionally recorded three more top three finishes.

Second-year student Olivia Newman won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.06, first-year student Vanessa Pasadyn won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.38 and third-year student Claire Plunkett won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:39.86.

Pasadyn and Plunket also teamed together with fourth-year student Abby Casalnova and third-year student Marie-Louise Kloster to take third in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:02.19. Even after performing so strongly in two other events, Pasadyn also earned second place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:50.74.

Finally, rounding out the top three finishes for the Spartan women was third-year student Rachel Willard, who took third-place in the triple jump with a distance of 10.27 meters. She and her teammates combined for 87 points, earning third place for CWRU.

Later that same day in Oberlin, Ohio at the Bob Kahn Invitational, both Spartan teams earned fourth place finishes.

Second-year student Shannon Carroll won the javelin throw for the CWRU women with a mark of 34.47 meters. Her teammate, third-year student Cassandra Laios, earned three top three finishes alongside her. Laios took second in the hammer throw event with a distance of 45.74 meters, and she took third in both the discus throw and the shot put with heaves of 39.87 meters and 12.05 meters respectively.

And as for the men, third-year student Jason Lockamy won the discus throw with a distance of 41.61 meters on his toss, and he also earned second place in the javelin throw event with a distance of 40.63 meters.

Also performing well for the Spartan men was fellow third-year student Alex Nesvisky, who took second in the shot put event with a mark of 13.36 meters and third in the hammer throw with a distance of 43.11 meters.

At the end of the day, the Spartan women had 60 points and the Spartan men had 48.
This weekend, CWRU will be back in Delaware, competing at the 2017 Outdoor All-Ohio Championships on Saturday, April 15. Results from the Spartans’ trip to Wisconsin for the University of Wisconsin at Platteville Invitational on Thursday were not available at press time.