April 8, 1997

No. 17 Women's Track Prepares for SeaRay Relays

What: SeaRay Relays
When: Friday-Saturday, April 11-12
Where: Knoxville, Tenn.

ANY VOLUNTEERS?: After opening the season with voyages to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Tucson, Ariz., the Spartan outdoor track and field squad continues its cross country trek with a journey into Knoxville, Tenn., as they will face stiff competition in the SeaRay Relays, held April 11-12 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Ranked 17th in the country by Trackwire, the Spartans will face a 49-squad field, as the event is open to both collegiate and club teams. Top-ranked Louisiana State will headline the collegiate field, which includes five teams in the top 25 in the nation (LSU, Florida (seventh), MSU, Kentucky (19th) and Auburn (23rd). Big Ten participants include MSU, Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin, the 1997 conference indoor champions. Club teams will include squads from around the country, including Reebok, Foot Locker, New Balance, and the Boston Athletic Association.

THE REAL FINAL FOUR: The 1997 Jim Click Wildcat Shootout took the Green and White to the desert sun of Tucson, Ariz., as it competed in a four-way dual meet on March 29. The depth of the strong southern schools overwhelmed MSU, as the Spartans dropped all three decisions to Arizona (112-53), Colorado (94-69) and Baylor (95-62).

Junior Sevatheda Fynes (Nassau, Bahamas) and senior Chandra Burns (Detroit) provided the highlights, as each took off to victory in 200 and 100-meters, respectively. Fynes reached an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 200, as she broke the tape ahead of the field in 23.67 seconds. With that mark, Fynes etched her name into the Michigan State record books as the fourth-fastest individual in the 200 in Spartan history.

Burns snatched the 100-meter title with a stellar time of 11.85, edging out her competition by just .12 seconds. She nearly captured a double victory at the Shootout, as she was runner-up to Fynes in the 200, clocking a time of 23.99.