Feb. 17, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -
Kyle Strotbaum broke the school record in the weight throw as the Michigan State track and field team finished its last meet, the Silverston Invitational at the University of Michigan, before next week's Big Ten Championships.
"This meet served as our final tune-up before the Big Ten Championships," assistant coach Chris Campbell said. "It served its purpose, and we're ready for next week's conference meet."
Strotbaum threw a personal-best 17.27 meters (56-8) in the weight throw, breaking the school record by .42 meters. The record was formerly held by Joe Keller, who threw for 16.85 meters (55-3 ½) in 2000.
Also on the men's side, Mark Langlois notched his fifth first-place finish of the indoor season in the pole vault at a height of 5.10 meters (16-8 ¾) and Kyle Sweeney had a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.21.
"The object of every competition is to pursue victory, and Mark has become very good at accomplishing that nearly every time he competes," assistant coach Chris Bostwick said.
The women were successful in the field events. Thrower Erica Bailey nabbed two second-place finishes, in the shot put (14.18 meters/46-6 ¼) and the weight throw (17.91 meters/58-9 ¼). Teammate Meagan Halliwill came in right behind Bailey in the weight throw, finishing in third place with a toss of 16.93 meters (55-6 ½).
Rounding out the field events, jumper Allison Bzdok took fifth place in the high jump, with a personal-best leap of 1.65 meters (5-5).
In the women's running events, transfer Charlese Davis came in second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.32.
The track and field teams return to action next weekend for the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 24-25, with the men traveling to Indiana and the women visiting Illinois.