MSU - Schulist, Kostrzewa Notch Victories At GVSU Tune-Up
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ALLENDALE, Mich. – Junior Rachele Schulist and senior Connor Kostrzewa paced Michigan State track & field at the GVSU Tune-Up on Friday, Feb. 19, at the Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale with a pair of event victories.
“The meet went pretty well,” said associate head coach Lisa Senakiewich. “Being the weekend leading to conference championships, we are just getting ready for competition, and this was a shakeout meet for us.”
Running in her first race since the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 26 during the cross country season, Schulist paced the field with a 9:44.14, beating out second place by more than 45 seconds.
“With Rachele’s first race since September, it was, as she called it, a step forward,” said Senakiewich. “She was by herself, but had a big training week. We just wanted to get a mark and make that first step. We are pleased with her progression, and Rachele hasn’t lost that competitive sense. She really has gotten more mature, and we are excited for her to get in a better racing opportunity.”
Kostrzewa led a trio of Spartan throwers with a heave of 21.19m to win the men’s weight throw. Sophomore Riley Norman recorded a mark of 20.23m on his fifth attempt for third-place honors, as junior Vinny Gjokaj rounded out the top five with an effort of 19.39m.
“The three throwers used it as a shakeout and to get ready for next weekend,” Senakiewich said. “Vinny is ready to throw far. He just needs clean up a couple of things. Riley and Connor are there and are ready, as well. They continually make steps forward, and coach Maag is doing a great job with that group.”
Gjokaj, Kostrzewa and Norman all rank inside the top 16 nationally in the weight throw, led by Gjokaj at No. 10.
Senior Lauren Chorny finished second in the women’s pole vault with a season best of 4.08m. Chorny passed until the height reached 3.98m. She cleared 4.08m on her first attempt before missing at 4.18m.
“The stand out of the day was Lauren with a season best,” Senakiewich said. “Her confidence is pretty high, and coach Creekmur thinks there is more there yet.”
Michigan State track & field returns next week at the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Competition begins on Friday, Feb. 26.