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May 20, 1997

Women's Track Travels to Champaign

May 23-25
Big Ten Championships
Champaign, Ill.


The Michigan State women's track and field team will travel to Champaign, Ill., for the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 23-25. The University of Illinois Outdoor Track & Field Stadium is the site of the 16th annual meet.

Friday's first event begins at 1:30 p.m., with the men's decathlon 100-meter dash and concludes at approximately 6:45 p.m., with the men's 10,000 meters. The decathlon (110-meter hurdles) opens Saturday's schedule at 9:30 a.m., while the women's 3,000 meters is the final event of the day at 6:35 p.m. The final day of competition begins at 11:40 a.m., with the women's triple jump trials and finals. The final event of the championships is the men's 4x400 meter relay at 3:45 p.m., on Sunday.

The Spartans, who finished sixth at last season's Big Ten Championships, will be led by sprinters Sevatheda Fynes (Cooper's Town, Bahamas) and Chandra Burns (Detroit) and distance runner Stephanie Dueringer (Champaign, Ill.).

Fynes, the 1997 NCAA indoor champion in the 55 meters, is a favorite in the 100 meters. The senior will also compete in the 200 meters along with Burns. In addition to the 200 meters, Burns will look to defend her 1996 Big Ten title in the 400 meters. Last season, she won the 400 with a Big Ten Championships record time of 51.89.

Dueringer, who will close out her Spartan career in her hometown of Champaign, Ill., is a leading contender in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Last season, the senior finished fourth in the 5,000 and was the runner-up in the 10,000. Dueringer will be joined in the 5,000 and 10,000 by freshman Leah Nilsson (Williamston).

Senior Amy Hayes (Shelby) and freshman Rita Arndt (Saline) will look to score in the 1,500 meters, while junior Becky Caldwell (Wyandotte) and senior Tricia Clarke (Coleman) are MSU's entrants in the 3,000 meters.

Senior Lawanda Byrd (West Palm Beach, Fla.) also has strong potential to score for MSU in the 100-meter hurdles. Byrd is coming off a third-place finish in the same event at last season's outdoor championships.

The trio of freshman Lisa Brown (Fife, Scotland), junior Kelley Kellis (Portage) and freshman Laura Weaver (Temperance) are MSU's only entrants in the field events. Brown will compete in the high jump and long jump, while Kellis and Weaver are both entered in the shot put, discus and javelin.

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