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MSU Men Win, Women Finish Second at ND Track/Field Invite

Kurt Schneider paced the Spartan men to win, scoring points in three events.

Jan. 25, 2014

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track and field team traveled to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 25. The men's team came in first place out of four teams with a total of 179 points, while the women finished a close second to Notre Dame with 173 points.

"I thought we had a very good meet," said director of track & field/cross country Walt Drenth. "I was really pleased with how we competed - both genders. We had presence in every event. I have nothing fundamentally to be concerned with. We had some great performances from some new people, which I think is really key in long term health of the program. You always want to see where your new people are going to come from.

"Tim Erhardt won the pole-vault - he did an exceptional job. Ali Weirsma was very good at 3,000 meters - she finished third as a freshman. Addie [Adeline Greir-Welch] did very well at the high jump. (Aubrey) Wildebring won the 800, she beat an All-American. Garrett Zuk was very good (in the 3,000). Lauren Rose in the (60m) hurdles - good to see her perform well. From our stand point, our good people are our good people. If we're going to be good as a team we're going to need support. Showing presence in those races, for young people, is a big step for us."

Leading the Spartan men was Kurt Schneider who scored points for MSU in multiple events throughout the day. Earning an individual win in the long jump, Schneider hit a mark of 7.22m/23-8¼. He was followed by Demarcus Leaks in second place with a mark of 6.95m/22-9¾. Schneider also placed third overall in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.29, followed by a runner-up finish in the high jump with a mark of 2.05m/ 6-8¾.

Antonio James also helped lead the Spartans to a win on Saturday with a win in the weight throw with a mark of 22.74m/74-7¼. It is the third-best mark in the NCAA so far this season. He also posted a third-place mark of 18.01m/59-1¼ in the shot put.  

Stepping up for MSU in the pole vault was Tim Ehrhardt who earned first-place points with a mark of 4.95m/16-2¾. In the triple jump, Jarred Gambrell also finished first with a mark of 14.28m/47-2¼.

Austin Sanders earned his second win of the season in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 21.94.

Earning an individual win in his first meet of the season, Caleb Rhynard scored first-place points for the Spartans in the mile with a time of 4:05.82. Close behind was Sherod Hardt with a third-place time of 4:08.76.

In the 800-meter run, Brandon Wallace turned in a runner-up finish with a time of 1:52.17.

Michigan State turned in a runner-up finish in the 4x400-meter relay as the team of David Washington, Jibril Mims, Jacob McFadden and Gambrell clocked a time of 3:18.49.

The Spartans finished second and third in the 3,000-meter run led by Alex Wilson (8:25.25) with a runner-up finish and Garret Zuk (8:25.84) in third.

On the women's side. Aubrey Wilberding earned an individual win in the 800-meter run, posting 2:11.76.

In the long jump, Ashley Stacey turned in a winning mark of 6.08m/19-11½, while Tori Franklin finished second with a mark of 5.84m/19-2. The two switched places in the triple jump as Franklin took the win with a mark of 13.10m/ 42-11¾, while Stacey posted a mark of 12.35m/ 40' 6¼ for second.

Winning the 200-meter dash was TeJuanna Williams with a time of 24.65.

The Spartan women took second through fourth place in the mile run led by Sarah Kroll (4:48.37) in second, Rachele Schulist (4:48.50) in third and rounding out MSU in fourth was 4:54.75.

Michigan State also scored first, second and third-place points in the 3,000-meter with Leah O'Connor taking the win with a time of 9:29.09. Lindsay Clark was close behind in second with a time of 9:30.17, while Alexis Wiersma came in third with a time of 9:41.29.

Adeline Grier-Welch finished second in the high jump, posting a height of 1.74m/5-8½. In the pole vault, MSU finished second through fourth as Lauren Chorny (3.90m/12-9 ½) placed second, Sarah Birkmeier and Hannah Sailar each hit a mark of 3.75m/12-3½ for third and fourth, respectively.

Freshman Lauren Rose stepped up for the Spartans in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 8.66 to place third.

The Spartan women took second through fourth place in the mile run led by Sarah Kroll (4:48.37) in second, Rachele Schulist (4:48.50) in third and rounding out MSU in fourth was 4:54.75.

In the 4x400-meter realy, the team of Jellisa Westney, Alicia Evans, Wilberding and Franklin turned in a runner-up finish with a time of 3:43.60.

Next weekend, the Spartans will take on in-state and conference rival Michigan for a dual meet on Saturday, Feb. 1. The meet will be held on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.



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