Track & Field
Jan. 17, 1997
MSU loses to Indiana and Michigan
In addition to Michigan State, the invitational will feature athletes from Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Southwestern Michigan.
Flashes of Michigan State excellence became evident throughout the meet, however, as individual Spartans put on a tremendous show. Freshman Okoineme Giwa-Agbomeirele (Midland), in his first collegiate meet, took home the title in two events, winning the triple jump and long jump with leaps of 14.29 and 7.18 meters, respectively. Sophomore Jason Coulter (Flint) won the 400-meter event, topping the Spartans' 1996 indoor mark with a time of 49.77.
Sophomore Kyle Baker (Anderson, Ind.) also beat last season's best in the 3,000, hitting the tape at 8:13.25, winning the race by just one second. He is nearing the Michigan State indoor record in that event, a 8:11.04, set by Anthony Hamm in 1991. Spartans engulfed the mile run, taking four of the top seven places. Senior Ryan Kennedy (Rochester Hills) led the group, finishing in 4:18.61. Senior Dean Rugh (White Lake), freshman Joe Leo (Northville) and sophomore Chris Wehrman (Pinckney) rounded out the group.
Other notable performances included a third-place finish by sophomore Lee Mays (Muskegon Heights) in the 400 (50.34), as well as a fourth-place outing by senior Ramsey Watkins (Flint) in the 55 hurdles (7.85). Junior Octavis Long (Lansing), fresh off his duties as wide receiver for the MSU football team, took third place in the 55, crossing the line in 6.53 seconds.
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