Michigan State Rounds Out Split Weekend at Virginia Challenge and Jesse Owens

Michigan State Rounds Out Split Weekend at Virginia Challenge and Jesse Owens

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field team recorded multiple personal-bests on the first split weekend of the season. The Spartans had a group travel to the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., while another group traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the Jesse Owens Invitational.

"We had some exceptional performances at a high level today," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth. "Tim Ehrhardt, Justine Kiprotich, the 5,000-meter runners were good. So I think overall it went pretty well.

"The weather was pretty bad yesterday but I felt like we learned some things and hopefully we'll be better from here. We need to keep getting better, we need to mature a little bit more but I thought I saw some growth in a lot of places."

Virginia Challenge

Redshirt junior Tim Ehrhardt had the highlight of the weekend earning a first-place finish in the men's decathlon, which stretched the two days of the meet. Ehrhardt finished with a score of 7,529 picking up one first place finish in the pole vault and garnering four second-place finishes throughout the 10 events.

Senior Alexis Wiersma led a large group in the 5,000-meter run and recorded a fifth-place finish with a time of 16:02.12. Freshman Jeralyn Poe, freshman Amber Way and sophomore Jessica Goethals all finished a few seconds apart to take 20th, 21st, and 22nd.

Sophomore Will Agodu nabbed an eighth-place finish on a time of 14.51 in the 110-meter hurdles. Senior David Washington was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a finishing time of 52.61. Sophomore Taylor Mullins claimed 18th-place in the 400-meter hurdles clocking in at 1:03.56.

On the men's side in the distance events, sophomore Justine Kiprotich clocked in at 3:42.63 in the 1,500-meter race. Senior Nick Soter and junior Andrew Middleton finished side-by-side clocking in at 3:53.69 and 3:53.82, respectively. Junior Clark Ruiz was the pack leader in the 5,000-meter run finishing 15th on a time of 14:07.06, while redshirt senior Sherod Hardt finished close behind in 17th.

For the field events at the Virginia Challenge, senior Cierra Pryor recorded a jump of 5.68-meters in the long jump to earn a third-place finish. Sophomore Cody Stemple took fourth in the men's high jump, clearing 2.02-meters.

Jesse Owens Invitational

In the field events, Andrea Pangori nabbed a seventh-place finish in the high jump clearing a height of 1.63-meters. Junior Morgan Johnson picked up a 10th-place finish in the long jump, recording her furthest jump of 5.54-meters.Senior Margaret Goettsch rounded out the field events with an eighth-place finish in the hammer throw with a throw of 52.93-meters.

Sophomore Julia Rustmann finished eighth in the 800-meter run clocking in at 2:12.27, while sophomore Sarah Rustmann took 16th with a finishing time of 2:14.25. On the men's side of the 800-meter run sophomore Andrew O'Connor and senior Brandon Wallace finished side-by-side clocking in at 1:54.47 and 1:54.59, respectively.

Sophomore Maya Roberts tabbed a 17th-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles on a time of 14.47 and Pangori crossed the finish line at 15.08. Freshman Jon Edwards clocked in at 10.96 for a 19th-place finish in the 100-meter dash.

Michigan State has concluded the two invitationals and the next competition will be a three-day meet in Hillsdale, Mich. at the Hillsdale Gina Relays. The meet will stretch from April 27th to April 29th.