Feb. 9, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Michigan State men's and women's track & field teams competed in the second day of competition at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Saturday. The day's events began at 9 a.m. with the women's 3000m. Jeremy Orr had a strong performance for the Spartans as he finished in third place in the 200m dash, with a time of 21.38.
In addition to Orr, freshman Yury Ratomski also had a top-five finish, coming in fifth in the 200m with a time of 21.82. Red-shirt sophomore Daniel Lewis finished eighth out of 30 athletes in the mile run, with a time of 4:10.95, while junior Shane Knoll finished the 800m in 12th place, with a time of 1:52.02. Competing unnattached, MSU junior Jonathon Allen finished in fourth place in the triple jump with a distance of 15.60m (51ft-2.25in).
On the women's side, senior Lisa Senakiewich had a strong day of competition for MSU, finishing the mile run with a NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 4:46.26, and coming in fifth out of 47 runners. Freshman Erica Mann came in seventh in the 200m dash with a time of 24.70, while senior Jackie Walton ran a time of 8.47, finishing sixth in the 60m hurdles. In the 3000m run, sophomore Emily MacLeod finished with a time of 9:38.36 and Sarah Price finished at 9:46.76, as they came in eighth and 12th, respecitively.
"I was very pleased with how we competed today," said MSU Director of Track & Field Walt Drenth. "We had a number of good performances out of our athletes. I think the momentum started to gather when we met at Notre Dame two weeks ago for the Notre Dame Invitational, and it just carried into the Meyo this weekend. I really think that many of our performances improved from two weeks ago, and we are making some good progress towards the Big Ten Championships."
MSU will send athletes to compete in three different locations next Saturday, Feb. 16. The Spartans will have representives at the Eastern Michigan Invite, Iowa State Invite and the Washington Husky Invite.