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Jan. 19, 1998

Women Travel to Red Simmons Invitational

Upcoming Events:
Sat., Jan. 24, Red Simmons Invitational, Ann Arbor


ANN ARBOR TRIP #1: The Spartans intend to become very familiar with Ann Arbor, as they have four trips scheduled there this season, with the first coming Jan. 24, as MSU competes in the Red Simmons Invitational. The Green and White will also travel there for the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships (Jan. 31), the University of Michigan Open (Feb. 21) and the Silverstone Invitational (Mar. 7).

THE OPENING BELL: Michigan State opened its 1998 schedule as it hosted the Michigan State Invitational on Jan. 17. The event featured student-athletes from MSU, Western Michigan, Ferris State and McComb CC.

Freshman Katie Meyer made an impact in her collegiate debut, as she broke the MSU pole vault record, winning the event with an effort of 8' 2 ". Current Spartan sophomore Laren Molinari held the previous mark of 7'3", set last season. Meyer also finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5' 3 ".

STRONG SENIOR STARTS: A trio of Spartan seniors opened up their final season with solid outings, as each won an event. Lawanda Byrd captured the 55-meter hurdle title, as she broke the tape in 8.27 seconds. She also finished second in the 55-meter dash, as she crossed the finish line in 7.30 seconds. Shermaine McKenzie was the only runner to break the one minute mark in the 400, as she won it in 58.52 seconds. Also, MSU's Karlene Kurtz seized the mile victory with a mark of 5:04.94.

Sophomore Leah Nilsson was the top collegiate runner in the 3,000, as she crossed the finish line in 10:20.74. Also, MSU's 4x400-meter relay squad cruised to a decisive victory, hitting the tape in 4:10.63, more than ten seconds faster than their nearest competition.

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