MSU - Track & Field Opens Season With Top Finishes At GVSU Holiday Open

MSU - Track & Field Opens Season With Top Finishes At GVSU Holiday Open

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ALLENDALE, Mich. - Michigan State track & field opened its 2015-16 slate on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Grand Valley State University Holiday Open. The Spartans recorded several top-five finishes, highlighted by four second-place efforts.

“Today was a very positive cap to our fall training,” said assistant coach Ceith Creekmur. “We had a lot of younger kids competing today, and this was a good learning experience going into winter break. Having one meet under our belt will give us a good experience to build on.”

Sophomore Ellen DiPietro had one of the Spartans’ best finishes of the day, taking second in the high jump. After passing on the first six heights, DiPietro moved from 1.68 meters to clearing 1.83 meters on her second attempt. Sophomore Adeli Grier-Welch took eighth with a clearance of 1.60 meters, while junior Molly Walker made 1.55 meters.

Freshman Nick Guerrant led MSU in the vertical jumps with a clearance of 2.08 meters in the high jump for second. Freshman Cody Stemple rounded out the top five with an effort of 1.98 meters. In the men’s edition of the long jump, junior Reggie Ferrell secured a top-10 finish for Michigan State with a leap of 20-11.75, which came on his first attempt.

“The weight throwers, especially the men, put on a performance,” Creekmur said. “There were several personal records, and we had a high jumper (Ellen DiPietro) go over six feet which is probably one of the top jumps in the nation right now. We had a lot of impressive runs in the 300. There were people all over the track doing good things.”

Sophomore Riley Norman led the men’s throwers with a second-place effort in the weight, tallying a mark of 21.04 meters. Senior Connor Kostrzewa and junior Vinny Gjokaj were close behind in third and fourth, respectively. Kostrzewa had a toss of 20.78 meters, while Gjokaj recorded a throw of 20.52 meters. Freshman Michael Schauer took eighth place in the shot put, recording a mark of 15.48 meters.

MSU placed two throwers in the top four of the women’s weight throw with sophomore Katelyn Daniels and junior Margaret Goettsch. Daniels took third with a long of 17.58 meters on her first heave. Goettsch’s best of the day was 17.45 meters on her fifth attempt.

Junior Cierra Pryor recorded another second-place finish for MSU in its indoor opener, taking runner-up honors in the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.32. Freshman Denise Spann ran her way into the top five, clocking a 41.15 for fourth place. Freshmen Autumn Robinson and Asya Reynolds took sixth and seventh, respectively, with efforts of 41.46 and 41.58. Fellow freshman Taylor Mullins rounded out the top 10 with a 42.28.

Sophomore Antonio Clark paced MSU in the men’s 300-meter dash, racing to fourth place with a time of 34.45. Sophomore Alec Waiter and Guerrant finished in eighth and ninth, respectively, with performances of 35.78 and 35.85.

Freshman Brady Bastien was the lone MSU sprinter in the men’s 60-meter dash finals, finishing in eighth with a 7.06, while sophomore Devin McKinney raced to fourth place in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.10.

A trio of Spartans placed in the top 10 of the pole vault, led by senior Lauren Chorny’s clearance of 13-01.50. Junior Hannah Sailar made the vault over 12-05.50 for fourth, as freshman Sydney Kay was seventh with a performance of 11-01.75.

In the finals of the women’s 60 meter dash, freshman Maya Roberts led MSU with a 9.03 for sixth place. Junior Nadia Lorencz joined Roberts in the finals, taking ninth with a 9.32.

“I feel positive about today’s meet and our fall training,” Creekmur said. “There is a lot of youth and then some good upperclassmen leadership. Any experience will be good heading into January, February and the Big Ten Championships. We will grow every meet, and the upperclassmen are showing the way and setting the tone.”

The Spartans return to the track on January 15 at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open in Allendale.