Oberlin Track and Field Dominates at Case Western Classic


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Track and Field competed at the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Holiday Classic.

This past weekend, the Oberlin College track and field teams kicked off their seasons in impressive fashion at the ninth-annual Case Western Reserve University Spartan Holiday Classic, blowing opposition out of the water and setting records in the process.

Fourth-year thrower Iyanna Lewis was the clear star of the show, coming out of the gates in an unbelievable manner by setting a new school record in the weight throw with a launch of 61 feet, 5 inches. This incredible feat comes on the back of Lewis’s previous school record set at last year’s North Coast Atlantic Conference Outdoor Championships, making her a two-time school record holder in throwing. Lewis’s performance at Case Western has set her up as the NCAA weight throw leader, and she will clearly go down in Oberlin history as one of the greats.

Third-year thrower Abby Cannon went to work at the Classic, securing third place in the weight throw with a toss of 48–10 3/4. Cannon was also able to put up a respectable sixth-place performance in the shot put, posting a mark of 34–10 3/4. On the men’s side of throws, third-year Isaiah Schuham-Anders cashed in a toss of 44–10 3/4, earning him fifth-place honors.

Oberlin continued its strong outing in jumping events. First-year long jumper Anna Fritz showed a great deal of potential, winning her first-ever college event with a dominant leap of 16–11 1/4. Third-year high jumper Hayden Hill also made skillful leaps, placing second in her event with a high jump of 4–11.

Outside of the field events, Oberlin track athletes also put up impressive numbers. Fourth-year sprinter Chilly Wallace placed first in the triple jump with a formidable 36–00 3/4 mark and later continued her winning streak in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.37 seconds. Her efforts at the meet earned her a well-deserved spot as NCAC Athlete of the Week. Fourth-year Zack Lee also received the award for his outstanding clearance of 44–05 1/4 in the men’s triple jump, placing second overall in the event. Lee’s noteworthy score stands alongside first-year Namu Makatiani and third-year Jake Jarvis, who placed third and fifth with clearances of 44–02 and 44–09 1/2, respectively.

Second-year Kambinachi Obioha was able to secure a victory in the men’s 500-meter dash, taking first place with a time of 1 minute, 7.88 seconds, and first-year Cecilia Vaughn was also able to turn in an impressive performance in the women’s 500, putting up 1:30:39 in her collegiate debut.

The Holiday Classic concluded with the 4×400-meter relay, in which the Yeomen were able to secure a third-place spot. A strong group of runners including Obioha, third-years Jon Dromlewicz and Amar Rajani-Bangser, and first-year Dhylan MacLaren set a time of 3:38:06, successfully closing out the meet for Oberlin.

Today, Oberlin track and field will head to Tiffin University for the Andres Family Alumni Open.