MSU Track & Field Travels To Louisville For Big Ten/ACC Challenge
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's track & field teams will return to competition this weekend when they travel to the University of Louisville for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Saturday, April 11.
"I think we've progressed very well as the year has gone on. I feel like our practices are getting better and better," said MSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Walt Drenth. "With this weekend being a scored meet, it changes our perspective a little bit where we're not worried as much about the marks. We'll look to put up big marks and times, but our main objective will be to go out and score and beat people. I like the team scoring. It's good competition. These are three exceptional track and field teams we're going to be up against. It's a good opportunity for us to see strong competition at every event."
The event will get underway at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and will include Louisville and Notre Dame from the ACC and Indiana from the Big Ten.
LAST TIME OUT
The Spartans were last in action at the North Carolina State Raleigh Relays on Mar. 27 and 28. MSU had five athletes collect individual wins in six different events to go along with a victory by the team of Jellisa Westney, TeJuanna Williams, Tori Franklin and Cierra Pryor in the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.45.
On the women's side, Westney recorded wins in the 100m and 200m races with respective times of 11.80 and 24.77. Senior Melanie Brender also won the 10,000m run for the Spartans with a career-best time of 33:53.49, tops in the Big Ten for the outdoor season. Sophomore Alexis Wiersma was the runner-up in the event with a time of 34:00.23. Junior Lauren Chorny posted the top mark of 3.80m in the women's pole vault, while senior Kassie Powell and sophomore Hannah Sailar tied for second at 3.65m. Junior Cynthia Watt had the top performance in the hammer throw with a mark of 59.80, while freshman Katelyn Daniels was the runner-up in the discus with a throw of 53.35m.
MSU had seven top-five finishers in the men's events, led by senior Antonio James' top mark of 55.92m in the discus. Senior DeVantre Whitelow was the runner-up in the 100m with a time of 10.45, currently good for first in the Big Ten. Senior Jarred Gambrell placed third in the triple jump (15.12m) and fourth in the long jump (6.57m). In the pole vault, the Spartans had a pair of top-five finishers as juniors Jaime Salisbury (4.85m) and Tim Canfield (4.70m) placed third and fourth, respectively. Junior Chris Collier finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:05.32, followed by sophomore Max Benoit (9:06.99) in fifth. Senior Alex Wilson ran a personal best time of 29:27.69 to finish fifth in the 10,000m. The men's 4x800 and 4x1500 relay squads both placed fourth.
MSU HOSTS BIG TEN OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the first time since 2006, Michigan State will host the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 15 - 17 at the Ralph Young Track and Field facility. The Spartan women finished sixth with 85 points at last year's championships, while the MSU men placed 11th with 37 points. The Penn State women and Wisconsin men took home the team titles at last season's meet. For additional information on the event, click here.
Live results for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be available here. Fans can also follow the Spartan track and field teams on Twitter (@MSUTrackFieldXC) for additional news and updates throughout the season.