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Jan. 24, 1997

Women's Track & Field to Host Michigan Intercollegiates

Jan. 25 Michigan Intercollegiates Jenison Field House 10 am

The Michigan State women's track and field team makes its second-straight home appearance when the Spartans host the six-team Michigan Intercollegiates. The meet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Jenison Field House. In addition to Michigan State, teams expected to compete include Central Michigan, Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Michigan and Western Michigan.

Field events get underway at 10 a.m., while the first running event begins at noon. The meet wraps up at 3:10 p.m., with the 1,600-meter relay.

The Spartans defeated Detroit Mercy, 61-53, at the Michigan State Invitational at Jenison Field House on Jan. 18.

The entire team contributed to the win with first-place finishes from five different team members as pair of Spartans finished in the top three in two events to lead the way. Senior Stephanie Dueringer (Champaign, Ill.) finished first in the mile run in a time of 5:05.30. She also took third-place in the 800-meter run (2:20.51). Right behind her was freshman Leah Nilsson (Williamston), placing second with a time of 5:09.30.

Also contributing to the score was junior Beth Stover (West Worthington, Ohio) with her personal-best leap of 17 feet in the long jump. Participating in the triple jump, she took second place (34'04.75").

MSU notched the top three spots in the 400-meter dash, led by junior Lisa Holmes (Kalamazoo) first-place time of 59.03. Senior Lacrecia Tyus (Inkster) captured second-place in 59.76, while junior Shreatha McJunkins (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) crossed the finish line in 59.88, good for third place.

New addition Laura Weaver (Fr.,Temperance) won the shot put with a mark of 40'2", while Kelley Kellis (Jr., Portage) placed second with a mark of 39'1 3/4".

In the 3,000-meter run, MSU had five of the top six finishes. Junior Becky Caldwell (Wyandotte) placed first, crossing the finish line in 10:30.49. Senior Amy Hayes (Shelby) followed in a time of 10:32.26, taking second.

The team put in a lot of effort last weekend. It was a good meet. We're working hard to increase unity and develop team confidence. We're excited about this week's meet. We're working toward one goal: to better the team as we head towards the upcoming events.

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