Track & Field
Feb. 6, 1997
Women's Track & Field to Compete in Canon IV Classic
The Spartans will send nine athletes to the meet. Seniors Chandra Burns (Detroit) and Shermaine McKenzie (Nassau, Bahamas) will compete in the 400 meters, while junior Lawanda Byrd (West Palm Beach, Fla.) is entered in the 60 hurdles. Senior Sevatheda Fynes (Nassau, Bahamas) will enter the 200 meters for the first time this season.
In the distance events, freshman Leah Nilsson (Williamston) will run the 3,000 meters and senior Stephanie Dueringer (Champaign, Ill.) is expected to compete in the 5,000 meters. Junior Karyn Duba (Alto) is a possible entry in the mile.
Freshman Lisa Brown (Fife, Scotland), who will compete in the high jump for the Spartans, is the only field event competitor making the trip. Following this weekend's event, the Spartans will return to Jenison Field House for their final home event of the season, the MSU Invitational, on Thursday, Feb. 13.
The Spartans made a strong showing with six first-place finishes. Senior Chandra Burns posted two first-place finishes, winning the 55 meters with a season-best time of 7.10, and crossing the tape in the 200 meters with a time of 24.94.
Senior Sevatheda Fynes, who last week qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 55 meters, took home top honors in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 56.50.
Freshman Leah Nilsson continued her strong rookie season with a first-place finish in the mile with a season-best time of 5:05.50. Senior Stephanie Dueringer ran away with the 3,000 meters title, clocking a season-best time of 9:55.38.
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