Michigan State Track & Field Takes Top Finishes At Wolverine Invitational
Spartans take 24 top-five finishes in Ann Arbor, Mich.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan State track & field began 2018 strong at the Wolverine Invitational on Saturday at the U-M Indoor Track in Ann Arbor, Michigan. MSU claimed 24 first-place finishes at the event, six of which were first-place grabs. Those six first-place finishes set records at the U-M Indoor Track building, as the Wolverine Invitational was the first event to take place there.
"We competed from start to finish throughout the day. We had pretty good energy. We excelled in some places. We had five win. It was a pretty good meet to begin with," Michigan State director of track & field, Walt Drenth said. "We didn't have any mid-season or Christmas training camps, and I felt like we got off the mark decently. Nice wins with Katelyn Daniels, the weight and the shot was a pretty good place to start for her. I thought we were pretty good in the men's 3,000m. It was nice to see Sophia (Franklin) win in the pole vault, and Will Agodu's win was really good. That's a good hurdle field. I think in another week or two, he'll be increasingly better.
Tim (Ehrhardt)'s mark will probably make the National. He's doing some things pretty well right now, so I'm pretty optimistic about him and getting back to the Nationals and doing well. There were a number of signs of things that went pretty well. It's a long day, and some of our sprinters, Savalas (Morgan), Brooke (Bogan) ran preliminary rounds in the 60-meter and then all the way at the end of the day they ran the 4x400. I was really pleased with the way they behaved."
In the shot put, senior Katelyn Daniels led the way with a first-place throw of 15.47 meters. Daniels also nabbed a first-place finish in the weight throw, with a distance of 18.77m. Sophomore Nikole Sargent set a personal record of 13.75m in the shot put, placing fifth. On the men's side, freshman Jerimiah Evans took second in the shot put with a distance of 16.67m. Evans also took fifth in the weight throw with a final mark of 16.76m.
Sophomore Andrea Pangori placed fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.58m. Freshman Sophia Franklin took first-place in the pole vault, finishing with a mark of 3.80m. Sophomore Kayla Janevski and junior Kamie Powell tied for fifth place in the pole vault (3.45 m). Senior Tim Ehrhardt finished first in the pole vault with a mark of 5.47m, just 0.03 shy of his career-best. Senior Noah Gary took fourth place with a mark of 4.80m. Junior Shelby Allen rounded out the top-five Spartan finishes in field events, taking third in the triple jump with a mark of 11.59m.
In the 60-meter hurdle prelim, junior Will Agodu took fourth place (8.15) to qualify for the final. In the final, Agodu finished in first place with a time of 8.10. In the 600m, junior Andrew O'Connor placed third with a time of 1:21.34.
On the women's side, junior Dillon McClintock placed fourth in the 800m, crossing the line at 2:09.30, followed by sophomore Carlyn Arteaga in fifth with a personal best time of 2:10.83. Sophomore Karrigan Smith finished fifth in the mile, crossing the finish line at 4:50.25. On the men's side, junior Justine Kiprotich took fifth in the 800-meter with a time of 1:55.76.
Running in the 3,000m for the first time, freshman Morgan Beadlescomb claimed a first-place finish for the men's team with a time of 8:17.92. Senior Clark Ruiz crossed the line in third with a time of 8:19.32. For the women's team, senior Bridget Blake took fourth with a time of 9:33.42.
"I think we have to take the lessons from the day and apply them to next week. It's a growing process," Drenth said. "The hard part is accepting where you are and making adjustments. That's the part that we've got to follow through with. It's easy to identify trouble spots. The complicated part is what you do now. Are you going to actually work on improving the little things that you need to fix? That's going to be our litmus test. If we're better next week; it's because they've learned. They took the things they did well and they'll make them better, and they'll take the things they'd like to adjust and they'll adjust them."
The Spartans are back in action next Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Simmons-Harvey quad in Ann Arbor, Michigan.