DePietro And MSU Conclude NCAA Indoor Track And Field Championships

DePietro And MSU Conclude NCAA Indoor Track And Field Championships

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Sophomore Ellen DiPietro closed out Michigan State track & field's run at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama, finishing tied for 15th in the women's high jump.

Final NCAA Results

DiPietro earned a spot at the championships as the No. 13 seed with a clearance of 1.83m at the GVSU Holiday Open on Dec. 4. The effort was a lifetime best. DiPietro has cleared 1.80m on two occasions this season, the second coming at the Notre Dame Invite.

"We took some time heading into this week to get back to some fundamentals and basics," said assistant coach Ceith Creekmur. "Her jumps looked fine. She just never really got completely dialed in."

The sophomore was unable to clear 1.76m in three attempts. She was one of only two Big Ten athletes to reach the high jump finals along with Illinois' Kandie Bloch-Jones.

"This was good for her to gain experience at a national meet," Creekmur said. "Being just a sophomore, we expect her to have many trips back here and to learn from this experience. She wasn't intimidated and knows she fits in here."

Kansas State senior Akela Jones captured the event, clearing 1.87m in her first attempt. The Spartans return as a full team to open the outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays and Stanford Invite from March 25-26.