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Track Teams Compete in Florida Relays

March 28, 1998

EAST LANSING, MICH. - The Michigan State men's track and field team competed at the Florida Relays today in Gainsville, Fla. The Spartans took on a strong field and posted some impressive individual performances.

In the 5,000-meter, All-American Jim Jurcevich outdistanced the field with a time of 14:10.99. His time was nearly five seconds faster than the second place finisher. The Spartans also received a seventh place finish in the 5,000 from sophomore Joe Leo in 14:40.83.

Freshman Paul Terek continues to rewrite the Michigan State pole vault record books. Terek, already the indoor school-record holder, broke the Spartan outdoor mark and took the Florida Relay title with a bound of 16-09.25. His vault was nearly six inches higher than the second-place finisher, Riley Thomlinson of Florida (16-03. 25) The previous Michigan State record of 16'3" was set by Ronald Carter in 1968.

There were some other notable Michigan State performances at the Florida Relays. Senior sprinter Octavis Long finished 14th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.82. In the high jump competition, freshman Jeff Kus placed 12th with a leap of 6'5.5".

The Michigan State women's track and field team was lead by its distance runners at this weekend's Florida Relays.

Sophomore Christie Achenbach placed seventh in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:58.04. In the 1,500-meter senior Karlene Kurtz finished fourth in 4:38.10 and sophomore Leah Nilsson took sixth with a time of 4:41.01, while fellow sophomore Sarah Parbel placed 19th in 4:57.35, and senior Becky Caldwell came in at 23rd with a time of 5:02.60.

The next action for the Michigan State men's track and field team is April 17-18 at the Mt. Sac Relay in Walnut, Calif. The Spartan women will travel to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. on April 9-11.



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