Michigan State Track & Field Concluded the Weekend at SPIRE DI Invitational
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track and field rounded out the second day of the SPIRE DI Invitational with top finishes, Feb. 11. Redshirt senior Sherod Hardt garnered the lone first place in the men's one rile race.
"I thought we were up and down today," said Director of cross country and track Walt Drenth. "I thought we had some really good performances out of a couple people but then again it was not very consistent. We saw progress throughout the day."
In the field events for the women, redshirt junior Katlyn Daniels took fifth in the shotput with a throw of 15.00-meters. Sophomore Asya Reynolds garnered a seventh-place finish in the high jump with a final jump of 1.63-meters.
In the sprints and mid-distance events, senior Cierra Pryor ran a 56.97 in the 400-meter dash racing to a 17th-place finish. In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Asya Reynolds ran a time of 8.79 to take eighth. In the 800-meter run sophomore Dillion McClintock ran a personal best time of 2:09.12 to finish seventh in the race, while redshirt freshman Annie Fuller also ran in the race and finished with a time of 2:12.34.
Redshirt sophomore Kennedy Beazley nabbed a ninth-place finish in the one mile with a time of 4:52.59. Redshirt freshman Karrigan Smith garnered a third place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:31.94. Redshirt freshman Jeralyn Poe and redshirt senior Molly Jeakle raced side-by-side for 11th and 12th-place finishes respectively, in the 3,000-meter.
"Karrigan ran a substantial personal best," said Drenth. "She competed really well throughout the entire race. I was pleased with her run as well. I thought she made really good progress today. Molly and Jeralyn were pretty good in the 3,000-meter too."
In the men's field events, junior Noah Gary took second in the pole vault clearing 5.33-meters but scracthing at the 5.48 mark. Senior Reggie Ferrell and redshirt junior Justin Pederson took third and fourth-place in the long jump. Sophomore Cody Stemple finished third in the high jump clearing 2.06-meters.
In the 400-meter run senior Antonio Clarke and redshirt senior David Washington raced to 10th and 11th-place finishes crossing the finish line at 48.02 and 48.06, respectively. Redshirt senior Sherod Hardt won the one mile run with a time of 4:06.43. Redshirt sophomore Dan Sims also ran the mile and finished eight with a time of 4:12.58.
"We are still working through some inconsistences," said Drenth. "We had some people that are doing really good but then we have some places we need to improve. We just have to make sure we are becoming more consistent. We have exceptional athletes, they should be BIG scorers but those are things we will have to clean up a little bit in terms of our teams competitiveness. Overall I thought we made some progress."
Michigan State will take next weekend off but will return to action for the Big Ten Championships Feb. 24-25.