MSU Track & Field Starts Out Strong On First Day At Akron And Meyo Invitationals
Spartans set several PRs at both meets.
Michigan State track & field featured a strong showing on the first day of both the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, and the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Friday night. MSU took nine top-five finishes, and several Spartans set personal records.
Akron Invitational – Akron, Ohio
Sophomore Nick Guerrant took first in the heptathlon with a score of 3,191. Guerrant took first in the 60m dash with a time of 7.03 (PR), high jump (2.02m) and shot put (13.23m) as well as third in the long jump (7.01m), another personal record.
Freshman Sophia Franklin tied for first in the pole vault with a mark of 3.83m, setting a new personal record. Sophomore Andrea Pangori finished sixth in the pentathlon with a career-best score of 3,553, setting a PR in the 800m with a time of 2:30.52, in the shot put with a throw of 10.37m and in the long jump with a distance of 5.22m.
Meyo Invitational – Notre Dame, Ind.
The distance medley relay team of sophomore Carlyn Arteaga, junior Dillon McClintock, junior Kayla Kavulich and senior Bridget Blake took first with a time of 11:23.68. Junior Taylor Mullins nabbed a third-place finish in the 600m run, clocking in at 1:32.43, shaving off .27 for a new personal best. Sophomore Lynsie Gram claimed fifth in the 5,000m run, crossing the line at 16:52.95 in her first time running the event for the Green and White. Senior Katelyn Daniels took ninth in the weight throw with a mark of 18.15m.
On the men’s side, sophomore Jesse Hersha took first in the 5,000m run with a mark of 14:20.46, a new PR. Junior Will Agodu finished third in the 60m hurdle preliminary with a time of 8.05. Senior Devin McKinney (8.26) and sophomore Savalas Morgan (8.54) also qualified for the final. Junior Justine Kiprotich, junior Andrew O’Connor, freshman John Gove and sophomore Winter Romeyn teamed up in the distance medley relay and placed second, with a final time of 9:57.23.
Freshman Jerimiah Evans took fifth in the shot put with a final throw of 17.66m, a career-best. Agodu (7.06), freshman Earvin DaSilva (7.12) and sophomore Noah Zalapi (7.12) all qualified for the final in the 60m dash. Agodu’s mark of 7.06 is a new personal record.
Michigan State looks to continue rolling on Saturday, Feb. 3 at both the Akron Invitational and Meyo Invitational.