MSU Track & Field Shines On First Day At Raleigh Relays
Spartans establish marks ranking among top in the nation.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Michigan State Track & Field started the outdoor season with a statement, claiming 15 top-five finishes at the Raleigh Relays held at the Paul Derr Track on the campus of North Carolina State.
Junior Will Agodu kicked off the competition strong for the Spartans, claiming the 110m hurdles title with a time of 14.34.
Junior Dillon McClintock now owns the fastest 1500m time in the nation out of all women and broke the meet record as well as her own personal record with a time of 4:13.82 for first place in the event. Senior Bridget Blake also took 13th place, running a 4:23.29 1500m.
MSU saw success in the field events as well, with redshirt-senior Katelyn Daniels winning the shot put at 16.19m. Junior Ellen DiPietro won the high jump, reaching a height of 1.78m. Redshirt-senior Tim Ehrhardt claimed both the long jump event (7.38m) and the pole vault (5.21m).
Redshirt-sophomore Nick Guerrant took 14th place in the 110m hurdles, breaking his personal record with a time of 15.10.
In the 100m dash, junior Jonathan Fife claimed fifth place with a time of 10.62, while freshman Earvin DaSilva was in 15th at 10.81. In the 400m dash, senior Antonio Clarke posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 47.95, marking a personal best.
Junior Justine Kiprotich claimed third in the men’s 1500m, clocking in 3:45.71. Redshirt freshman Morgan Beadlescomb was right behind in fifth place with a time of 3:46.39 in his first 1500m as a Spartan.
Redshirt-sophomore Karrigan Smith placed sixth in the 3,000m steeplechase, crossing the line at 10:22.86, and Mackenzie Weiler, a redshirt-sophomore, set a new career-best with a time of 10:44.24, good for 15th in a field of 41. In the women’s 5,000m, junior Erin McDonald finished as the top Spartan in 13th place with a mark of 16:18.20.
In her first 10,000m run, sophomore Lynsie Gram finished in third place with a time of 34:05.55.
Redshirt-freshman Jerimiah Evans grabbed a second-place finish in the discus, throwing a career-best mark of 54.00m, while redshirt-freshman Nick Kramer came in 15th with a throw of 45.61m. On the women’s side, Daniels took second with a mark of 53.64m and redshirt-freshman Nikole Sargent finished 15th with a career-best throw of 43.26m. In the men’s shot put, Evans took 15th with a distance of 14.69m.
Sophomore Jon Edwards took sixth place in the long jump, recording a distance of 6.86m. Redshirt-sophomore Nick Guerrant picked up a fourth-place finish in the open pole vault, clearing 4.57m. Senior Noah Gary finished fifth in the pole vault invite, posting a height of 4.76m.
MSU continues competition tomorrow at the Raleigh Relays. The first field event for the Spartans will be the women’s hammer throw at 10:45 a.m., while the first track event will be the men’s 4x1500m relay at 12:10 p.m. The meet will be streamed on ACC Network Extra from 12-2:30 p.m.