MSU - Track and Field Shows Promise After Meet at Michigan

MSU - Track and Field Shows Promise After Meet at Michigan

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men and women's indoor track and field teams competed at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Michigan. MSU had five first place finishes and posted top scores in both field and running events throughout the day.

"I thought we had some bright spots," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth. "There were some things that went well and some things where we have to do some maturing. I thought the men were probably better than the men in general. It looked like we were just getting the rust off. We won a few events and we were involved in a lot of finals. I was pretty pleased with the first competition. We have a lot of things as coaches we can clean up in a hurry and I think that will help us."

Senior Nick Tompkins, freshman Savalas Morgan, and junior Darian Hicks all made it to the finals in the 60 meter dash. Tompkins garnered a second place, crossing the line at 6.95. Morgan also made it to the finals in the 200 meters, racing to a sixth place finish.

Junior Alec Waiter took first in both the prelims and finals of the 600 meters. He won the finals with a time of 1:23.01.

Michigan State had three individuals qualify for the 400 meter dash and senior Antonio Clarke led the way and took second with a time of 50.46. Junior Andrew Middleton was the lone Spartan to qualify for the finals in the 800 meters and he finished second with a time of 1:56.72.

Sophomore Will Agodu and junior Devin McKinney both qualified in the 60 meter hurdles and Agodu finished second while McKinney recorded a sixth place finish.

The men's team rounded out the running by winning the 4x400 meter relay. The relay team consisted of Clarke, Waiter, senior David Washington and freshman Zaqwon Powell. The foursome broke the tape in 3:20.17.

"It was nice to win the 4x400 relay on the guys side at the end," said Drenth. "It shows a sign of toughness. It's nice to still be involved at the end of the meet."

For field events, sophomore Cody Stemple took first in the high jump with a winning jump of 2.15m 7' 1/2". The Spartans grabbed first and second place in the pole vault. Junior Tim Ehrhardt won on a height of 5.20 meters, while junior Noah Gary took second.

Junior Reggie Ferrell finished second in the long jump with a longest jump of 6.87m. Junior Riley Norman rounded out the men's competition with a second place finish in the weight throw.

On the women's side, sophomore Taylor Hopp was the only Spartan to make it to the finals in the 60 meters and she took third with a time of 7.68. Hopp also finished fourth in the 200 meter dash, crossing the line at 25.87.

Sophomore Denise Spann, sophomore Taylor Mullins, and junior Cierra Pryor took sixth, seventh and eighth respectively in the 400 meter dash.

Sophomores Asya Reynolds and Maya Roberts both competed in the 60 meter hurdle finals, finishing fourth and fifth.

In the women's field events, redshirt senior Hannah Sailar took second in the pole vault with a final jump of 4.00 meters. Sophomore Shelby Allen earned a second place in the triple jump with a mark of 11.81 meters.

The Spartans took first and second in the long jump. Reynolds took first place, her longest jump was 5.79 meters. Sophomore Autumn Robinson was right behind with her second place finish and longest jump of 5.70 meters.

Junior Katelyn Daniels rounded out the competition for the day placing in both her events. She took third in the weight throw with a final distance of 17.27 meters. She also took first in the shot put with a final distance of 17.27 meters.

"I think the level of preparation going in to Notre Dame has to be a little higher. I think their expectation of themselves has to get a little higher as well. You leave campus and you get a little comfortable and we have to get back out of our comfort zone a little bit. In the end there is a fair amount of things to work on," said Drenth.

Michigan State will return to competition on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana for its first scoring competition. Teams joining the meet will be host Notre Dame, Michigan, Purdue and Louisville.

Results will be posted to at the conclusion of the meet.