May 20, 1997
Men's Track Set for the Big Ten Championships
Big Ten Championships
The Michigan State men's track and field team will travel to Champaign, Ill., for the Big Ten Track & Field Championships, May 23-25. The University of Illinois Outdoor Track & Field Stadium is the site of the 97th annual meet.
Friday's first event begins at 1:30 p.m., with the decathlon 100-meter dash and concludes at approximately 6:45 p.m., with the 10,000 meters. The decathlon (110-meter hurdles) opens Saturday's schedule at 9:30 a.m., while the women's 3,000 meters is the final event of the day at 6:35 p.m. The final day of competition begins at 11:40 a.m., with the women's triple jump trials and finals. The final event o of the championships is the men's 4x400-meter relay at 3:45 p.m., on Sunday.
The Spartans, who finished ninth at last season's Big Ten Championships, will look to senior Brad Fields (Kentwood) in the sprints. Fields is entered in the 100 and 200 dashes. Last season, he finished third in the 100 (10.24) and was runner-up in the 200 (20.61). Junior Octavis Long (Lansing) is also an entry in the 100 meters.
In the middle-distance events, head coach Darroll Gatson will enter three runners in the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters. In the 800, sophomore Jason Coulter (Flint), senior Todd Richman (Kalamazoo) and freshman Tim White (Arlington Heights, Ill.) are the enteries. MSU did not place a runner in the top eight at last season's Big Ten Championships. In the 1,500, seniors Pat Hoard (Plymouth, Minn.) and Eric Eichinger (Kalamazoo) and junior Jim Marcero (Monroe) will look to score for the Spartans.
The Spartans will have two enteries in the highly competitive 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Mark Goodfellow (Oxford) and sophomore Chris Wehrman (Pinckney).
Sophomore Kyle Baker (Anderson, Ind.) is MSU's top entry in the 5,000 meters. Baker, who won the Big Ten indoor titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, has an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:01.96 in the 5,000 this season. Joining Baker in the 5,000 will be Hoard, Wehrman, sophomore Brendon Banyon (St. Joseph) and junior Jim Jurcevich (Defiance, Ohio).
Jurcevich, Banyon and junior Brant Lutz (Midland) will look to score in the 10,000 meters.
Senior Ramsey Watkins (Flint) is MSU's lone entrant in the 110 and 400-meter hurdle events.
The Spartans will enter athletes into just two field events, the shot put and the discus. In the shot put, junior Tyrone Garland (Cliffwood, N.J.) is the lone entrant, while freshman basketball player A.J. Granger (Findlay, Ohio) and Justin Selden will compete in the discus.