Spartan Track & Field Finishes Raleigh Relays Strong
Several MSU athletes record career-best marks.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Michigan State track & field continued to compete fiercely at the Raleigh Relays hosted by N.C. State, adding another event win and six top-five finishes in the second day of competition at the Paul Derr Track on Saturday.
“This meet was a really good starting point, mainly because in every event area performed well,” Michigan State director of track & field, Walt Drenth, said. “It’s nice to see that balance, and it’s nice to see people everywhere doing what we need them to do, and that’s make progress.
There was a lot more continuity in the way they looked at things together. They made a concerted effort since the indoor season to get together as a group and create a little bit better chemistry. We’re more suited to be an outdoor team. We had good performances in the javelin, outstanding performances in the discus and the hammer. We had good performances in the 10,000m. Across the board, we were pretty good. Will Agodu was good in the hurdles. I was really pleased with Jonathan Fife at the 100m. Taylor Mullins had a really good breakout run in the intermediate hurdles, and even Antonio Clarke had a personal best in his first time outside at 400m. There were bright spots in a lot of places.”
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One of the highlight’s from yesterday’s competition was junior Dillon McClintock in the women’s 1500m, who set a meet record and personal record with a time of 4:13.82.
“It was outstanding,” Drenth noted. “We’ve seen her in practice, so we weren’t surprised, but she followed her race plan. There were some good pros and a pacer early, and she just trusted what we talked about, just engaging once it got hard, and she was willing to do that. She really managed herself well down the stretch and ran away from them. She’s got a lot of ability. If we keep her well, she’s going to do some special things.”
The women’s 4x1500m team consisting of Carlyn Arteaga, Bridget Blake, Lindsey Rudden and Kayla Kavulich started off the day with a win, finishing overall with a time of 18:10.94, 40 seconds ahead of the second-place Eastern Kentucky team. Following it up, junior Taylor Mullins claimed third place in the 400m hurdles, establishing a new career-best with a time of 59.42.
In the field events, junior Steph Pajot finished 14th in the hammer throw with a mark of 49.57m, while Nick Kramer finished sixth on the men’s side with a new personal best, recording a throw of 58.42m. Senior Max Knoblock took fifth in the javelin, posting at throw of 61.04m, and senior Jade Madison placed third on the women’s side, recording a mark of 45.16m.
Freshman Sophia Franklin placed fourth in the pole vault invite, clearing a height of 3.95m.
During yesterday’s competition, redshirt-freshman Jerimiah Evans excelled in the discus, recording a mark of 54.00m.
“I was really excited to see Nick Kramer and Jerimiah Evans. They were both good. Jerimiah’s 54 meters always gets to the first round of the NCAA Championships. Getting to the first round of the nationals for a freshman the first time he throws the discus outdoors, that’s good. Nick had a substantial personal best, and it’s hard. They throw the hammer in flights, and he was in the second to last flight. Usually the last flight is all the best guys, but he made the finals and ended in sixth. That’s quite an accomplishment for a freshman, and he’ll just get better and better.”
Closing out the event strong, the MSU team of Kayla Kavulich, Dillon McClintock, Lindsey Rudden and Carlyn Arteaga grabbed first in the 4x800 relay with a commanding time of 8:44.98, 18 seconds ahead of the second-place Fordham team.
MSU competes next on home turf at the Spartan Invitational on April 6-7.
“We’ve got to stay well,” Drenth said. “Being outside for the first time, there’s a lot things that we’ll get better at. The timing of the intermediates, the throws, all of those things we’ll get better and we’ll get in sync as a team on the track, too. It just takes some time.”