Nick Guerrant Sets School Record, Leads MSU At Big Ten Indoor Championships
Guerrant's 5,758 points in the heptathlon good for second place.
GENEVA, Ohio -
Michigan State track & field came back with a vengeance on the second day of Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The team added five top-eight finishes, contributing points to the overall team score.
"We were better than yesterday, no question about it," Michigan State director of track & field, Walt Drenth, said. "I thought most of us were grittier. Most of us made better decisions that related to not having it be about them. I was kind of pleased with that, but we just didn't have enough people going today."
Sophomore Nick Guerrant set a new school record in the heptathlon, scoring 5,758 points, breaking teammate Tim Ehrhardt's previous program-best with 5,741 points. Guerrant made a jump from fourth place to second in the final event, the 1,000m, setting a new PR at 2:44.74. Guerrant claimed his first Big Ten Championships medal in his Spartan career, claiming eight team points for MSU.
"He was outstanding all weekend," Drenth said. "He was steady. He was assertive. I loved the way he competed. I thought he did an outstanding job. He's got a great future ahead of him."
Junior Justine Kiprotich placed second in the men's 800m, clocking in at 1:50.56, marking a season-best and his highest finish at Big Ten Indoor Championships. Sophomore Dillon McClintock placed fifth in the women's 800m run with a time of 2:09.11 for her highest Big Ten Indoors finish.
In the unseeded women's 5,000m, sophomore Lynsie Gram claimed first place with a new personal record of 16:47.27. Junior Taylor Mullins took third in the 600m final with a time of 1:33.67, marking her highest finish to date.
Junior Ellen DiPietro made the podium in the women's high jump, finishing with a mark of 1.75m, good for eighth place.
The men's team finished tied for 11th with 21 team points and the women's team ended 12th with 17 points. Ohio State won the men's team title with 101.50 points and Minnesota took the women's team title, scoring 91.50 points.
NCAA Indoor Championships are next hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, from March 9-10.