Ehrhardt, Guerrant Complete First Day Of Competition At NCAA Indoor Championships
Ehrhardt finishes 11th in pole vault.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Michigan State track & field athletes Tim Ehrhardt and Nick Guerrant represented the Spartans at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Texas A&M at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.
Guerrant, a sophomore from Portage, Michigan, started off the day in the men’s heptathlon in which he was seeded eighth. Guerrant finished second in the first flight of the 60m dash with a time of 7.05, starting off the event strong, and followed with a 6.81m long jump and 12.12m shot put. To end the day’s events, Guerrant took fifth in the high jump, posting a season-best 2.05m mark. Guerrant enters tomorrow’s competition in 14th with 3,098 points. Kentucky senior Tim Duckworth is currently in first with 3,601 points.
“Nick started off just fine, and then he kind of struggled a little bit in the long jump and shot put,” Michigan State assistant coach Ceith Creekmur said. “For the multi, one of the hardest things to do is to take a bad event or two and still keep coming back to the next event with the same kind of enthusiasm as you would if things were going well, so I was so happy to see him turn it around in the high jump and put himself back in contention to score some points. To me, that shows growth. Nick two years ago would’ve taken that long jump and shot put with him to the next couple events, and this time he was able to move past it and actually jump a season-best.”
Ehrhardt, a senior from Addison, Illinois, finished in 11th in pole vault, clearing a 5.40m (17-8 ½) height before scratching. Ehrhardt is the only athlete from the Big Ten Conference to place in pole vault. Cole Gorski of Ohio State, the 2018 Big Ten pole vault champion, did not clear a height. Kansas junior Hussain Alhizam claimed first place at 5.70m (18-8 ¼), tying the facility record.
“Tim looked really good, and he was ready to jump high,” Creekmur said. “I know he’s probably not happy with the place that he got, but it’s nice to see him come back. He no heighted at Big Tens, so to turn it around two weeks later and still jump pretty high and he got on some of the poles he used to get on, and his jumps looked great. Kind of a bittersweet thing for him, but he’ll be ready for outdoors. These meets make him hungry. He gets a chance to see what the other NCAA kids look like and see that he can be right up there with them, and he has been.”
Guerrant continues in the men’s heptathlon tomorrow with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m. The 60m hurdles gets underway at 1 p.m. ET.