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Jan. 28, 1998

Women's Track Travels to Ann Arbor

Upcoming Events: Sat., Jan. 31, Michigan Intercollegiate Championships, at Ann Arbor

LAST WEEKS RESULTS: Red Simmons Invitational, no team scores

ANN ARBOR, TAKE 2: Michigan State travels to Ann Arbor for the second consecutive week, as it looks to gain state supremacy during the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships, held Jan. 31 at the University of Michigan. Eastern Michigan will look to defend its crown, as it won last season's meet, which was held at Michigan State. MSU took third during the 1997 Championships. The meet will once again feature the Division I schools from around the state.

IT SOUNDS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD: For the second consecutive week, freshman Katie Meyer snapped the MSU women's pole vault mark, as she registered a 8'6" performance at the USA Track and Field Pole Vault Summit, held Jan. 24 in Reno, Nev. That surpasses the old mark 8'2 ", set by Meyer on Jan. 17 at the Michigan State Invitational.

ANN ARBOR, TAKE 1: The MSU track and field squad encountered strong competition at the Red Simmons Invitational, held Jan. 24 in Ann Arbor. In a non-team scoring meet which featured student-athletes from around the Midwest, the Spartans grasped only one race title, the distance medley relay. They came through to win with a strong time of 12:22.66, more than four seconds ahead of their nearest competitors. The relay squad included Karlene Kurtz, Carmen Suchomski, Lindsay Towne and Karyn Duba.

Individual Spartan standouts included senior Lawanda Byrd, who took third in the 55-meter hurdles with a time 8.03 seconds. She also made the top seven in the 200 meters, clocking in at 26.10. The 800-meter squad made an impact, as four Spartans claimed spots in the top seven. Kurtz (3rd, 2:18.80), Duba (4th, 2:20.08), Becky Caldwell (5th, 2:23.77) and Sarah Parbel (7th, 2:24.47) all contributed to the MSU cause. Also, Nicole McMillan won her heat (1:42.01) in the 600, finishing tenth overall, while Heidi Jackson took fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 34-5.

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