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Spartan Track & Field Concludes First Day At Music City Challenge And GVSU Big Meet

Feb. 9, 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track & field had a strong showing on the first day of both the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee, and the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Michigan on Friday night.

The Spartans saw seven top-five finishes across the two events, including a first-place win from redshirt-senior Tim Ehrhardt in the pole vault at the Music City Challenge and another from senior Alec Wiater in the 600m at the GVSU Big Meet.

Music City Challenge - Nashville, Tenn.
Ehrhardt won the pole vault competition, vaulting to a mark of 5.57m in his first outing since setting the school record with a 5.60m mark. Sophomore Nick Guerrant took third in the long jump, with a distance of 7.34m which marks a new personal record.

In her first track event for the Spartans, freshman Maggie Farrell took fifth in the 5,000m, crossing the finish line at 16:28.06. In the men's 5,000m, redshirt-senior Clark Ruiz took second with a time of 14:17.11. Sophomore Matthew Thomas was seventh, setting a new personal-best time of 14:35.09.

GVSU Big Meet - Allendale, Mich.
On the men's side, Wiater (1:21.70) and freshman John Gove (1:21.73) went 1-2 in the 600m run.

Junior Taylor Hopp took sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 24.96. In the 3,000m run, sophomore Mackenzie Weiler claimed fifth place with a time of 9:43.60 and sophomore Amber Way finished ninth with a time of 9:49.37, both setting PRs.

Both groups continue competition tomorrow at the Music City Challenge and GVSU Big Meet. Competition resumes at 11 a.m. (ET) at Vanderbilt, while events pick back up at 9 a.m. at GVSU.



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