MSU - Track & Field Finishes Fourth at ACC/B1G Challenge
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Michigan State Track & Field team traveled as an entire team down to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the ACC/B1G Challenge. The event stretched from April 14-15 at the Louisville Cardinal Park with all events besides the hammer throw taking place on Saturday, April 15.
This invitational was the first scored meet of the outdoor season for the Spartans and the women finished fourth with 100 points, while the men also tabbed fourth on a score of 98 points. Six teams in total were at the challenge, Michigan State, Indiana and Purdue represented the Big Ten, while the host Louisville, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame will represent the ACC.
"Like any sporting event there are some things that you are pretty excited about and there are some things you need to sort out in a hurry," said Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Walt Drenth. "I would say we saw some really good signs from a number of people in important places and I would say we got a good amount of the results we wanted today."
Junior Max Knoblock broke the school record in the men's javelin with a throw of 65.16-meters. The previous school record was set by Scott Beals in 2007 when he posted a throw of 63.40-meters.
"The performance of the day definitely has to go to the javelin throwers," said Drenth. "Both Jade and Max were phenomenal today. They threw well over the standard to make the first round. In terms of what typically is done those two both scored personal bests. They really both just did a super job."
In the women's distance events, redshirt freshman Karrigan Smith got the day started with a second place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on a time of 10:45.51. MSU kept the momentum going in the 1,500-meter run taking second, third and fourth. Senior Alexis Wiersma took second with a time of 4:26.03, redshirt sophomore Erin McDonald took third on a personal-best time of 4:26.49 and redshirt sophomore Kennedy Beazley took third. Rounding out the distance events, Jenny Rogers and Allison Lunau took third and fourth, respectively in the 5,000-meter run.
Sophomore Dillon McClintock took first-place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.15. Redshirt freshman Carlyn Arteaga also nabbed some points in the 800-meter with a sixth place finish on a time of 2:11.04, a personal-best.
Sophomore Taylor Hopp took fourth with a time of 11.64 in the 100-meter dash surpassing her personal-best by almost an entire second as it was 12.24. Sophomore Maya Roberts earned three points for MSU in the 100-meter hurdles with a sixth-place finish on a personal-best time of 13.95. In the 400-meter hurdles Taylor Mullins finished fourth with a time of 1:00.74.
For the women in field events, junior Jade Madison led the way with a first-place finish and personal-best throw of 45.79 in the javelin. Redshirt senior Hannah Sailar took second clearing 4.20-meters, which the first-place finisher also jumped but a scratch at 4.10-meters for Sailar gave her the second place finish. Sophomore Asya Reynolds took eighth with her second jump being her furthest at 5.92-meters. Redshirt freshman Andrea Pangori tied her personal-best jump of 1.64-meters in the high jump to earn a fourth-place finish.
In the men's distance events, senior Max Benoit took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:00.99. Similar to the women, the men had a pair of top-place finishers in the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Justine Kiprotich took first and ran a personal-best time of 3:44.01 to tab 10 points for the Spartans, while redshirt senior Sherod Hardt added five more points with a fourth-place finish on a time of 3:47.16. In the 800-meter run Brandon Wallace took fourth finishing with a time of 1:53.81.
Sophomore Will Agodu tied his career-best time of 14.10 in the men's 110-meter hurdles all while earning a second-place finish. Freshman Sam Binkowski also earned a point for the Spartans with an eighth-place finish and personal-best time of 14.96. Rounding out the hurdle events, senior David Washington took third in the 400-meter hurdles on a time of 52.24.
In the sprints, freshman Savalas Morgan garnered a first-place finish in the 100-meter run on a personal-best time of 10.49. Savalas was also the only Spartan to tab points in the 200-meter dash taking fourth with a time of 21.29.
For the men's field events, redshirt junior Tim Ehrhardt and junior Noah Gary took second and third in the pole vault. Ehrhardt cleared 5.31-meters while Gary cleared the 5.21-meter mark. Freshman Jonathan Edwards finished fifth in the men's long jump with a furthest jump of 7.09-meters.
"It was really windy and some of these events are hard to run faster in when dealing with the elements," said Drenth. "To run fast today in these conditions only looks up for what we can start to do when the weather gets better. It's still early in the season and we have had a lot of qualifying times and a lot of top marks and we will have some people in some good spots heading into the Big Ten Championships."
The next time the Spartans are in action the team will split up and go to two different locations. A group will travel to the Jesse Owens meet in Columbus, Ohio on April 21-22, while another group will travel to the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., also on April 21-22.