Michigan State Has Strong Showing At Chippewa Open

Jan. 11, 2008


Podcast- Kyle Strotbaum and Throws Coach John Newell

EAST LANSING - Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's track & field teams traveled to Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Friday to compete in the Chippewa Open. The Spartans placed first in 15 events, including redshirt junior Kyle Strotbaum, who broke the MSU school record in the 35 lb. weight throw, with a distance of 18.05m (59ft-2.75in).

The men placed first in six different events on the night. Redshirt junior Jeremy Orr, who broke the MSU record in the 60m dash at the 2007 Chippewa Open, finished first again in the 60m (6.82) and the 200m (21.52). Freshman pole vaulter Logan Lynch finished in a three-way tie for first place after vaulting his way to 4.72m (15ft-5.75in). Other first place finishes for the Spartan men included sophomore Spencer Beatty, coming in with a time of 4:20.44 in the mile run, and Shane Knoll with a time of 1:55.59 in the 800m run.

MSU's Shane Wells, running unnattached, finished first in the men's 60m hurdles, with a time of 8.01.

On the women's side, Meagan Halliwill finished first in the weight throw, with a distance of 18.34 (60ft-2in). Halliwill dominated the competition, throwing more than six feet further than the second-place finisher, MSU's Ashley Lawrence (16.38/53ft-9in). Sophomore long jumper Brittany Howard finished first in her event, jumping a distance of 5.48m (17ft-11.75). Senior Jackie Walton had a strong night of competition finishing first in both the 60m hurdles (8.53) and 200m dash (25.59). Also placing first for the Michigan State women were redshirt freshman Ashley Lawrence in the shot put (13.87m/45ft-6.25in), 60m dash winner senior Paris Mandy (7.69), and sophomoe Leah Elenbaas, who finished with a time of 2:17.95 in the 800m run.



"I thought it was a very good way to begin the season," said Director of Track & Field Walt Drenth. "The people that we took along today competed really well. Some of our better athletes really got off their marks today, and that includes Jeremy (Orr), Meagan (Halliwill), Jackie (Walton), and Kyle (Strotbaum), and the people that we need to are certainly making progress."

Michigan State next travels to Ohio for the Akron Quad, hosted by Akron University on Friday, Jan. 18.