MSU - Kiprotich Paces Spartan Track & Field On Final Day Of Raleigh Relays
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Freshman Justine Kiprotich notched Michigan State’s third victory of the Raleigh Relays, clocking a 1:50.29 to pace the field of the 800-meter run at the Paul H. Derr Track in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, March 26.
“I thought we were pretty good and competed pretty well,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Walt Drenth. “Those that came back on the second day were engaged. Justine (Kiprotich) had a very good weekend, winning the half over an exceptional field and finishing second last night.”
Kiprotich followed his second-place run in the 1,500 meters on Friday night with a first-place performance in the half mile. The top-six runners finished within one second of each other.
The Spartans opened the final day of competition with a second-place effort in the men’s 4x1,500-meter relay. Freshman Andrew O’Connor, junior Nick Soter, senior Nick Moon and senior Austin Wissler combined for a 15:40.68, finishing just behind Duke’s 15:39.79.
In the women’s edition of the 4x1,500, freshmen Erin McDonald and Kayla Kavulich, along with juniors Erin Billette and Aubrey Wilberding raced to a second-place finish with a time of 18:35.80.
“We were competitive in relays,” Drenth said. “We really bounced back well in 4x800, which is gratifying because we need them be consistent. We have some decent depth, and seeing good runs at the 800 is a good sign that we have the right people in right spots.”
MSU’s weekend ended with the 4x800-meter relays. The women’s team of Wilberding, Billette, freshman Sarah Rustmann and Kavulich took second with a time of 8:55.24. Minnesota claimed first in both women’s distance relays. The men’s 4x800 meter team took sixth with a 7:37.02.
“It was a good weekend for us to start in a competitive environment,” said Drenth. “I am excited about the training piece. We got a chance to see some things and just need to work. They will come back with a lot of confidence. We are focused on getting better and being prepped.”
Michigan State returns to the track at the Florida Relays from April 1-2 in Gainesville, Florida.