MSU - Spartan Track & Field Closes Out Hillsdale Relays
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HILLSDALE, Michigan - Michigan State track & field concluded the 50th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays on Saturday, April 30, with several top-five finishes. Freshman Shelby Allen recorded an event win in the triple jump with a mark of 11.96m.
"Considering conditions today, I thought the day went well," said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Walt Drenth. "We didn't have a lot of participants in the field. Shelby Allen was good in the triple in not great conditions with a head wind. I thought we competed decently across the board. At this point of the season though, we just want to stay healthy."
In the women's championship edition of the 100-meter dash, senior Janae Hill and sophomore Cierra Pryor crossed the line in second and third, respectively. Hill clocked a 12.11, while Pryor finished in 12.25.
Sophomore Justin Pederson earned another top-three honor for the Spartans, taking second in the open division of the pole vault. Pederson cleared 4.65m with only one miss before being eliminated at 4.80m.
Sophomore Molly Walker finished third in the heptathlon competition, amassing 4,284 points. Walker's best finishes came in the shot put, where she took second with an effort of 10.96m, and the pole vault where she sailed over 1.61m for second.
Freshmen Taylor Mullins and Kayla Kavulich notched top-five honors in the 400 meters and 800 meters, respectively. Mullins completed her one-lap race in 57.64 to round out the top five, as Kavulich took third with a time of 2:12.28 in the half mile.
Sophomore Alex Wiater led the men's team in the 400 meters with a fifth-place finish, stopping the clock at 49.59.
A trio of Spartans raced to top-15 finishes in the men's 800. Senior Austin Wissler led the pack with a third-place effort of 1:52.47. Freshman Daniel Kroth was 12th with a 1:53.97, as senior Ryan Haag followed with a 1:54.31 for 13th.
In the 100 hurdles, freshman Maya Roberts took second with a 14.10, while teammate freshman Asya Reynolds was sixth in a time of 14.52. Freshman Will Agodu was fourth for the men's team in the 110 hurdles. Agodu crossed in 14.82.
Freshman Andrew O'Connor paced the men's team in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:57.20.
Pryor, Hill, Roberts and Robinson combined for a 46.32 in the 4x100-meter relay, taking second.
"We need to do a better job with the baton in the 4x100 relays," Drenth said. "We have some things that need to be cleaned up. The 4x100 relay is one of the first events on the final day of the championships, and we need to pass the baton. Everyone's competitiveness has an effect on what happens next."
Michigan State will send a small group of student-athletes to the Toledo Invite in Toledo, Ohio, from May 5-6. The Spartans returns as a full squad next at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Lincoln from May 13-15.
"The people that were in today were competitive," said Drenth. "I like our attitude and approach. We need to clean up things though. This is an important week coming up for us being exams week."