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Jan. 31, 1997

Women's Track & Field to Host Third Home Meet

Saturday Feb. 1 Spartan Invitational Jenison Field House 10:30 a.m.

The Michigan State women's track and field team will make its third-straight home appearance this weekend when it hosts the Spartan Invitational along with the MSU men's team. The meet will be held at Jenison Field House on Saturday, Feb. 1.

In addition to the Spartans, teams expected to compete include Hillsdale, Marquette, Western Michigan and Windsor. Field events get underway at 10:30 a.m., with the weight throw. The first running event, the 55-meter hurdles, will start at 11 a.m. The meet is expected to conclude at 4:30 p.m., with the men's distance medley relay.

A highlight of the day will be senior Sevatheda Fynes in the 55 meter finals expected to take place at approximately 1:45 p.m.

The Michigan State women's track and field team placed third at the Michigan Intercollegiates held at Jenison Field House last weekend. The Spartans tallied 67 points, while Eastern Michigan ran away with the title with 143 points and Michigan was runner-up with 135 points. MSU did outdistance Western Michigan (65 pts.), Central Michigan (48) and Detroit (5).

Senior Sevatheda Fynes' (Nassau, Bahamas) individual performance in the 55 meters was the highlight of the meet. Fynes ran a 6.73 in the prelims of the 55 meters, easily meeting the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 6.84. The Spartan sprinter would better her prelim time with a 6.71 in the finals, the top collegiate time in the U.S. this season. Nikole Mitchell's (Texas) 6.88 was the top time in the 55 meters heading into last weekend. Fynes' 6.71 also shattered Odessa Smalls 10-year-old MSU indoor record of 6.84. The mark also set a Jenison Field House and Michigan Intercollegiate records.

The Spartans garnered 12 points in the 3,000 meters with senior Stephanie Dueringer's (Champaign, Ill.) first-place (9:58.10 - HT) effort and freshman Jen Denkins (Flushing) fifth-place finish (10:28.50 - HT).

Senior Chandra Burns (Detroit) netted eight points for the Spartans in the 200 meters with a second-place finish. Burns clocked a season-best 24.53, just shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 24.40.

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