Michigan State Track & Field Kicks Off Big Ten Indoor Championships Friday
Three Spartans qualify for finals on Saturday.
GENEVA, Ohio -
Michigan State Track & Field started out the indoor postseason on Friday at Big Ten Indoor Championships held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Three MSU runners qualified for final races on Saturday, and two Spartans made the podium in field events.
"We were okay today. It was nice to end the distance medleys the way they ended, but we were not consistently competitive today," MSU Director of Track & Field, Walt Drenth, said. "We got in our own way a little bit, but it felt like the people who didn't get in their own way had a good pretty good day. The half-milers ran well. Taylor Mullins had a huge breakthrough to make the final. We did some things well, but then we made some critical errors in places where we were supposed to score."
Freshman Sophia Franklin finished fourth in the pole vault, setting a new personal record by clearing a 4.13m vault. Senior Noah Gary took eighth on the men’s side, with a mark of 5.08m.
"I thought she was great. She was calm. For a freshman to do the things that we ask her to do, like control yourself, be calm and do the next thing, I thought it was a great example of how we need to behave in order to be successful," Drenth added. "I was proud of her. She beat some good people. You don't come to championships very often and jump substantial personal bests or do anything personal-best often, especially as a freshman, and she did such a nice job of that. She's got a great future ahead of her. She'll just continue to grow."
Sophomore Dillon McClintock qualified for the women’s 800m final, finishing first out of all runners in the preliminary with a time of 2:06.82. Junior Justine Kiprotich also qualified for the men’s 800m final, taking second in his heat with a time of 1:50.01. Junior Taylor Mullins qualified for the 600m final, setting a new PR in the prelim with a time of 1:30.89.
In the unseeded men’s 3,000m, sophomore Ryan Robinson finished third with a new PR of 8:19.33.
At the end of the first day’s men’s heptathlon event, sophomore Nick Guerrant sits in fourth place with 3,196 points. The 60m hurdles, pole vault, and 1,000m run will finish out the heptathlon tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Freshman Brooke Bogan set a new personal record in the 60m dash prelim with a time of 7.72. Bogan also broke her 200m record, clocking in at 25.35. Freshman Earvin DaSilva set a new PR in the 200m on the men’s side, crossing the line at 22.12.
Finishing out the day's competition with the distance medley relay, the women’s team came in fourth place and set a season-best time of 11:16.82. The men’s team took fifth, posting a season-best time of 9:46.96.
Competition resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the SPIRE Institute, beginning with the men's heptathlon 60m hurdles.
"Just manage yourself. Just do the things that you have control over. If you're not feeling it, you've got to find a way. You have to be disciplined enough, tough enough mentally, put your will into it stronger," Drenth said of how the team can be better. "That's how we have to be and I didn't think we were there today. We'll have a few things to go tomorrow that we'll look forward to. This is a great learning opportunity if we seize it."