MSU - Landwehr, Gary Earn Victories at SPIRE DI Invite
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GENEVA, Ohio - Michigan State track & field closed out the SPIRE DI Invite in Geneva, Ohio, at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday, Feb. 13, with a pair of top honors. Senior Katie Landwehr raced to a win in the 3,000 meters, while sophomore Noah Gary outperformed the field in the pole vault.
“There were areas that we had some really good energy and others we didn’t, but we are making progress,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Walt Drenth. “We need to learn some things still. We had some chances to win some events in a Big Ten environment though, and everyone is growing.”
Off the track, senior Lauren Chorny and Hannah Sailar rounded out the top five, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women’s pole vault. Chorny cleared 3.97m on her third attempt, while Sailar successfully made 3.82m, needing just one attempt, before being knocked out at 3.97m.
The Spartans’ first victory of the day came in the men’s pole vault with the effort of 5.18m by Gary. He came down to his final attempts at two different heights, making both clearances before being knocked out at 5.33m. Junior Jaime Salisbury took sixth with a best of 4.88m.
“Noah did a really nice job today, and it coincides with just being ready,” Drenth said.
In the men’s high jump, freshman Nick Guerrant soared to a top-10 finish with a leap of 2.01m. Sophomore Adeline Grier-Welch took fifth in the women’s competition with a clearance of 1.63m. Freshman Autumn Robinson led MSU in the horizontal jumps with a mark of 5.63m in the long jump.
Sophomore Katelyn Daniels notched one of the best finishes of the day for Michigan State, taking second-place honors in the shot put with a heave of 15.42m, coming on her sixth and final attempt.
Senior David Washington raced to a top-10 finish in the 400 meters, clocking a 48.19. Sophomore Antonio Clark took fifth in the third heat with a 48.74 to round out the top-15 overall.
A pair of Spartan hurdlers narrowly missed the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Will Agodu crossed the line with an 8.41 to finish 11th in the prelims, with the top 10 advancing. In the women’s race, freshman Maya Roberts took 13th with an effort of 8.82.
A trio of MSU harriers raced their way into the top seven in the women’s 3,000 meters, led by Landwehr. She took top honors for the second Spartan victory of the day with a 9:33.84. Junior Molly Jeakle and freshman Kelsie Schwartz finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 9:43.51 and 9:48.16. Freshman Jenny Rogers just missed the top 10, taking 11th with a 9:52.28. Senior Chris Collier raced to a third-place finish in the men’s 3K with a time of 8:11.07.
“The distance runners had a good day and competed well,” said Drenth. “The men’s milers did a nice job, and I thought Justin and Sherod both ran well. The half milers did a really good job of coming back from yesterday’s run to compete today. We are getting closer, and Austin was outstanding in that. I was pleased to have him back on the track.”
The men’s distance corps impressed in the mile, as freshman Justin Kiprotich and junior Sherod Hardt ran a tight race for second and third, respectively. Kiprotich finished in 4:06.57, while Hardt clocked a 4:06.98, clearing fourth place by nearly three seconds. On the women’s side, freshman Kayla Kavulich recorded a sixth-place finish with a time of 4:54.59.
In the 800 meters, junior Aubrey Wilberding paced the Spartans with a 2:10.36 for 13th. Junior Erin Billette followed up her lifetime best in the 1,000 meters on Friday with a 2:12.23 for 16th. On the men’s side, senior Austin Wissler led the third heat of the 800 to finish eighth overall with a time of 1:53.33.
The Spartans are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.