MSU - Women’s Track & Field Starts Year at No. 19

MSU - Women’s Track & Field Starts Year at No. 19

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women’s track & field begins the 2016 indoor season ranked No. 19 by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as announced Wednesday, Jan. 6.

The Spartan women come off a fifth-place finish at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships and their second league title in program history in outdoor with several point scorers returning this winter. Senior Lauren Chorny leads the team with a clearance of 4.17m (13-8.25) in the pole vault, while sophomore Ellen DiPietro has already cleared 1.83m (6-00) in the high jump at the GVSU Holiday Open on Dec. 4.

On the track, senior Lindsay Clark and juniors Rachele Schulist and Alexis Wiersma lead a deep distance corps. Clark finished second at the Big Ten Indoor Championships a year ago with a 16:09.77 in the 5,000, while Schulist was first with a 9:01.25 in the 3,000. Schulist’s indoor season was also highlighted last season by a 4:42.43 mile at the Notre Dame Invite. Wiersma clocked a 9:24.04 in the 3K a year ago, while crossing the line in 16:22.39 in the 5K at the SPIRE NCAA DI Invite.

Senior Cynthia Watt will lead the throwers after recording a mark of 19.98m (65-6.75) at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last season to take sixth-place honors.

Schulist and senior Katie Landwehr enter 2016 looking to repeat as Indoor All-Americans, as both earned second team accolades in the 3,000-meter run and Distance Medley Relay, respectively.

Michigan State finished last season No. 24 in the country. Wisconsin and Michigan join the Spartans in the top 25, ranking No. 9 and 14, respectively. MSU’s No. 19-ranking matches its start last season’s inaugural poll.

The Spartans return to the track on Friday, Jan. 15, at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open. Competition from Allendale, Michigan, begins at 3 p.m.