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April 27, 1997

Women's Track & Field Prepares for National and Toledo Invitationals

UP NEXT:  Saturday      May 3     National Invitational      Bloomington, Ind.
          Saturday      May 3     Toledo Invitational        Toledo, Ohio

SPLIT-SQUAD ACTION: With finals' week over for the Spartans, the Green and White will break up their squad, as some will be seeing action at the National Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., while others will be seeing time at the Toledo Invitational in Toledo, Ohio. Michigan State hopes to see the sights of Bloomington later in the season, as it will host the NCAA Championships from June 4-7.

FYNES IS FINE: Junior Sevatheda Fynesff (Nassau, Bahamas) continued to show why she's the top collegiate sprinter in the nation, as she blew away the competition in the 100 meters at the Drake Relays, held April 25-26 in Des Moines, Iowa.

After posting the top times in the prelims, Fynes buried the field in the 100. She improved her 11.38 prelim mark by hitting the tape in 11.31 seconds in the final. Her nearest compeititor lagged .39 seconds behind as Fynes reached the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 11.31. Fynes had already reached that status with her season-best time of 11.09 at the SeaRay Relays on April 12.

Senior Stephanie Dueringerff (Champaign, Ill.), the other member of MSU's dynamic sprint-distance duo, nearly clinched a second victory for the Spartan cause, as she was runner-up in the 10,000-meter run. Dueringer reached NCAA provisional qualifying status with a mark of 34:29.72, as she finished behind only Sarah Piccolo of Colorado State in a 24-runner field.

Senior Chandra Burnsff (Detroit) continued to sparkle, as she reached fifth place in the Special 400(TM)'AeJ'meter, registering the Spartans' best time of the season with a time of 53.94. Burns, Fynes, junior Lawanda Byrdff (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Lisa Holmesff (Kalamazoo) combined to reach the finals of the 4x100 relay with the second-fastest prelim mark, 45.76. But the Spartans had their difficulties in the finals, as they did not finish.

Byrd made her mark in an individual fashion as well, as she made the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. After clocking in her second-fastest time of the season, Byrd finished sixth in the finals with a mark of 14.43 seconds.

A pair of relay squads also represented Michigan State, as the 4x800 team of freshman Rita Arndtff (Saline), junior Becky Caldwellff (Wyandotte), sophomore Karyn Dubaff (Alto) and junior Karlene Kurtzff (Traverse City) combined to reach eighth place, as they stopped the watch in 9:08.54. The distance medley relay foursome also mixed it up, as Arndt, Holmes, Kurtz and senior Amy Hayesff (Shelby) seized 14th with a time of 11:59.23.

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