Four Spartans make it on the podium on day two of competition.
Spartans add six medals to close out the final day of competition at the conference meet.
Jaelynn Pryor (400-meter hurdles) and Hannah Sailar (pole vault) punch ticket to NCAA Regionals.
Spartans break two school records at ND, Schneider finishes second in heptathlon.
Schneider in second-place in first indoor heptathlon since 2011.
Ceith Creekmur By the Numbers
- 4 USTFCCCA All-American Honorees
- 6 NCAA Qualifiers
- 2 US Indoor Championship Heptathlon Qualifiers
- 32 NCAA East Regional Qualifiers
- 4 U.S. Junior Championships Qualifiers
- 1 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier
Ceith Creekmur enters his fifth season at Michigan State, having guided 24 Spartans to the NCAA East Preliminaries in four season as the vertical jumps, shorts sprints, hurdles and multi-events coach. Ten Michigan State records have fallen since Creekmur’s arrival in East Lansing in 2013.
This past season, the Spartans reached high under his guidance as a trio of MSU records were matched or beaten, and Tim Ehrhardt competed in the PanAm Championships and Olympic Trials in the decathlon. Ellen DiPietro knotted the indoor high jump record of 1.83m on her way to earning a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Lauren Chorny concluded her career in the Green & White with second-team All-American honors, breaking the outdoor pole vault record with a clearance of 4.25m to finish in a tie for first at the NCAA East Prelims. Asya Reynolds was the third Spartan to take Creekmur’s coaching in record-form, smashing the heptathlon program best with a tally of 5,211 points. In addition to program bests being topped, Janae Hill ran a 11.63 to qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter dash, as Will Agodu raced to a fifth-place finish with a 14.29 as a true freshman in the 110-meter high hurdles at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Creekmur saw 11 student-athletes reach the NCAA East Prelims in 2015, marking the most in a single season in his coaching career. The year was highlighted by four school records, including a pair in the women’s pole vault. Ehrhardt garnered All-American accolades, both indoors and outdoors, finishing seventh in the heptathlon and fifth in the decathlon. Of the 11 Spartans at the outdoor prelims, three advanced as individuals as the school-record 4x100-meter relay team punched their ticket to Eugene. In year three, Creekmur saw his second student-athlete earn a Big Ten title, as Ehrhardt stood atop the podium at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the pole vault. DeVantre Whitelow placed third under Creekmur at the B1G Indoor Championships, clocking a 6.75. Whitelow entered the season as the program record holder in the event with a 6.71 as a junior. Outdoors, he had a career-best 10.41 in the 100 meters to qualify for the NCAA East Prelims. On the women’s side, Lauren Rose placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships to qualify for the opening round of the NCAA Championships.
School records and All-America honors continued into Creekmur’s second season at MSU. Kurt Schneider was a standout for the Spartans in the multi’s, finishing 10th in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 15th in the decathlon during the outdoor campaign. The efforts earned him second-team All-America status. One of Schneider’s most dominant performances came at the indoor championships, where he broke the NCAA meet record in the heptathlon high jump. Lauren Chorny not only broke the program record for the pole vault outdoors, but was crowned the Big Ten champion, marking Creekmur’s first league champion at MSU. Seven student-athletes reached the NCAA East Prelims, six coming in the men’s and women’s pole vault.
In his first season on campus, Creekmur helped lead six Spartans to the 2013 NCAA East Prelims, including Sarah Birkmeier who set a career-best mark and new MSU record in the pole vault to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. For her accomplishments, Birkmeier earned USTFCCCA All-American Honorable Mention honors.
Prior to Michigan State, Creekmur spent five years at his alma matter, Miami University, overseeing the vertical jumps, multi-events and throws. He helped coach three RedHawks to the NCAA East Preliminaries in 2012, one of which earned second-team All-MAC by finishing as a runner-up in the decathlon at the MAC Championships. Four of Creekmur’s student-athletes earned berths in the NCAA East Preliminary in 2010-11, while two earned All-MAC honors with runner-up finishes at the MAC Championships.
Creekmur successfully recruited multiple state champions and national elite level high school athletes to the RedHawks. He also designed and implemented strength training programs for all track events up to the 800m in addition to multi-events, throws and vertical jumps.
A RedHawk standout, Creekmur was a four-year letterwinner (2003-06) and finished runner-up in the Mid-American Conference in the heptathlon. A second-team All-MAC honoree in 2005, he turned in an eighth-place heptathlon finish at the U.S. Indoor Nationals and a fourth-place decathlon finish at the MAC Championships his senior season. Creekmur left Miami the school record holder in the heptathlon with 5,399 points.
Creekmur graduated from Miami University with Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2006 and obtained his Masters of Science in Kinesiology from Miami University in 2011. He holds a USTFCCCA Jumps and Throws Specialist Certification, along with a USAW Sport Performance Coach Certification. Creekmur earned a Level I Certification from USATF, and he is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Ceith resides in East Lansing with his wife, Alexis, and newborn daughter, Elliot.