Michigan State Track & Field Sending 27 Entries To NCAA East Preliminary Round
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men and women’s track & field programs will once again head to Jacksonville, Florida for the 2016 NCAA East Preliminary Round next week at Hodges Stadium. The Spartans have a total of 27 entries in the East Preliminaries. The prelims are hosted by the University of North Florida.
Michigan State begins action on Thursday, May 26. The top-12 in each event will advance to Eugene, Oregon.
On the women’s side, 14 different athletes competing with sophomore Katelyn Daniels, competing in both the discus and the shot put. The MSU women have three athletes who qualified in the top 10 led by Daniels who is the second seed in the discus after being the top seed as a freshman. Senior Katie Landwehr is the seventh seed in the 3,000m steeplechase after capturing the Big Ten title last week. Senior Cynthia Watt is the eighth seed in the hammer.
Juniors Rachele Schulist and Alexis Wiersma both return to Jacksonville, running the 10,000m along with junior Shelby Jackson. Senior Lindsay Clark and freshman Kelsie Schwartz continue the strong distance tradition at MSU both competing in the 5,000m. The Spartans also have a duo in the pole vault in senior Lauren Chorny and junior Hannah Sailar. Junior Aubrey Wilberding returns to Jacksonville in the 800m, while senior Janae Hill will run the 100m. Sophomore Jade Madison will represent MSU in the javelin, while sophomore Ellen DiPietro makes a repeat performance in the high jump.
On the men’s side, 11 athletes will participate with junior Vinny Gjokaj competing in both the shot put and the hammer. Gjokaj is the 13th seed in the hammer and the 43rd in the shot put. Senior Connor Kostrzewa will join Gjokaj in the hammer. Sophomore Riley Norman will compete in the shot put along with Gjokaj.
The Spartans have a pair competing in the pole vault in sophomore Noah Gary and junior Jaime Salisbury. Junior Max Benoit and senior Chris Collier will both run the 3,000m steeplechase for the second-straight season. Senior David Washington will represent the sprinters in the 400 hurdles. Senior Caleb Rhynard and sophomore Clark Ruiz will both run the 10,000m, while sophomore Justine Kiprotich will represent the Spartans in the 1,500m.
Last week at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the MSU women finished sixth, while the men were 11th.
The preliminary competitions are scheduled for May 26-28. The University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida hosts the east region and the west region is at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. The qualifiers out of these regions compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.