Feb. 10, 1997
Women's T&F To Host Spartan Invitational
Thursday Feb. 13 Spartan Invitational Jenison Field House 5 p.m.
The Michigan State women's track and field team hosts its final home meet of the season, the Spartan Invitational, on Thursday, Feb. 13. The meet begins at 5 p.m., at Jenison Field House. In addition to Michigan State, teams expected to compete include Albion, Central Michigan, Ferris State, Lansing Community College, and Southwest Michigan.
The field events begin at 5 p.m., with the weight throw, pole vault and long jump. Freshmen Zoe Hutchins (Lawrence) and Laren Molinari (Clinton Township) will represent MSU in the pole vault, while Beth Stover (Jr., West Worthington, Ohio) and Becky Caldwell (Jr., Wyandotte) will participate in the long jump. The Spartans will be represented by Laura Weaver (Fr., Temperance) and Kelley Kellis (Jr., Portage) in the shot put, while Lisa Holmes (So., Kalamazoo) and Kathy Dalby (Fr., Torrence, Calif.) will compete in the high jump at 5:30 p.m.
The running events begin at 6 p.m., with Lawanda Byrd (Jr., West Palm Beach, Fla.) competing in the 55-meter hurdles. The mile run will follow with Leah Nilsson (Fr., Williamston), Karyn Duba (Jr., Alto) and Caldwell representing MSU. Holmes will compete in the 55 meters, along with seniors Lacrecia Tyus (Inkster) and Chandra Burns (Detroit). Competing in the 400 meters will be Shreatha Mc Junkins (Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) and Shermaine McKenzie (Jr., Nassau, Bahamas). The 800 meters will include seniors Stephanie Dueringer (Champaign, III.) and Amy Hayes (Shelby).
Following this weekend's event, the Spartans will travel to Champaign, III., for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23.
The Michigan State women's track and field team competed in the non-scoring Cannon IV Classic at Butler University last Saturday.
Several Spartans turned in impressive individual performances with automatic or provisional qualifying times.
Senior Sevatheta Fynes (Nassau, Bahamas) captured the 200 meters with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 23.82. Earlier this season, Fynes automatically qualified in 55 meters. Senior Chandra Burns also took top honors, capturing the 400 meters with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 54.01. Senior Shermaine McKenzie also competed in the 400, finishing eighth with a season-best time of 56.28.
Another senior, Stephanie Dueringer turned in a provisional qualifying time (16:37.91) in her runner- up finish in the 5,000 meters. Junior Lawanda Byrd was MSU's other top finisher with a fourth-place showing in the 60 hurdles (8.80).
QUOTING COACH GRIMES:
"Last weekend's meet was extraordinary. When you go to a meet and you have people setting personal bests and qualifying for NCAAs, it's a great meet. That meet was huge, as for as far as competition goes.
"Thursday's meet is a tune-up for the Big Ten Championships. We'll be able to get a better idea of our plan of attack, as far as which runners will compete in which events."