Track and field wins big at Muskingum

Noah Crowley, Staff Reporter

The Spartan men came in first and the Spartan women came in third overall during the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational hosted by Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio this past weekend. Case Western Reserve University’s runners and throwers shined in just about every event over the weekend.

For the men, they were able to secure 12 top-three finishes for the day. Of the 12, three were first-place finishes thanks to second-year student Joseph Cabral, third-year student Aidan DeSanto, and first-year student Brian Holden.

Cabral won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.56, and he also teamed with first-year student Sam Jenkins, third-year student Grant Mlack and first-year student Dominic Oddo in the 4×400 meter relay for third place with a time of 3:26.99.

DeSanto won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:01.15. Not far behind him was third-year student Sam Merriman in fourth place with a time of 4:05.36 and third-year Zach Roshon in fifth place with a time of 4:06.36.

Holden, the final first place finisher for the Spartan men at the meet, was the winner of the javelin throw with a distance of 52.26 meters.

Multiple students also managed to earn second place finishes for the Spartan men. Third-year student Andrew Ibibo took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.73, Oddo in the long jump with a distance of 6.49 meters, second-year student David Prigg in the pole vault with a distance of 4.10 meters and first-year student Xavier Yozwiak in the 5,000-meter run came with a time of 15:49.37.

Overall, the men’s team earned 169.50 points. Coming in second place was Ohio Dominican University 55 points behind, and Walsh University came in third place 62.5 points behind the Spartans.

For the women, several team members also performed well. First-year student Vanessa Pasadyn and third-year student Rachel Willard each took first place in their events, with several of their peers performing strongly in other events.

Pasadyn won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.07 and also earned a third place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:50.01. Willard took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 10.60 meters, followed closely by two of her teammates. In second-place, Willard was followed by first-year student Bailey Flint with a distance of 10.41 meters and then in third-place by first-year student Samantha Kelts with a distance of 10.21 meters.

Two more women secured second place finishes for the Spartans throughout the weekend. Third-year student Marie-Louise Kloster took second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.19 and second-year student Shannon Carroll earned her second place finish in the javelin throw with a distance of 33.80 meters.

With 13 top-three finishes, the women set themselves up for a solid overall finish. The team ended up in third place with 134.5 points. They were 12 points behind second place Malone University and 29.5 points behind first place Walsh University.

The Spartans are set to get back into competition next weekend as they head to Danville, Kentucky for the Centre Invitational, hosted by Centre College on Saturday, April 1.