Spartans Shine At Second Day Of Spartan Invitational
MSU athletes claim 16 first-place finishes.
April 7, 2018
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track & field continued a dominating performance at the 2018 Spartan Invitational, competing in events inside Jenison Field House, at the Ralph Young Track and at Munn Field on Saturday in cooler than average temperatures for April 7.
The Spartans grabbed 16 first-place finishes in both the track and field events, proving the team's abilities across all event categories.
"I thought our toughness as a general rule was one of the things I was excited about. We were not in ideal conditions, coming off of a pretty good weekend last weekend where the weather was ideal in a really big meet at North Carolina State, to come out here and get after it, I thought we did a nice job," Michigan State director of track & field, Walt Drenth, said. "We had some kids that ran off events. I thought Devin McKinney did a really nice job. Frankly, the throwers in general were really good, especially with the conditions. To hold on to an implement and throw it far, and we did a really nice job there, too, so I think there were a lot of places where you could say there were bright spots this weekend."
Starting off the track events strong, the Michigan State 4x100m team of junior Autumn Robinson, junior Denise Spann, junior Taylor Mullins and freshman Brooke Bogan secured a first-place finish with a time of 48.30. Following suit, the team of junior Will Agodu, junior Jonathan Fife, freshman Earvin DaSilva and sophomore Savalas Morgan finished first with a time of 42.42.
In the women's 1500m, unattached freshman Jenna Magness claimed second with a time of 4:40.68, followed by freshman India Johnson in fifth, unattached with a time of 4:44.80. Redshirt-freshman Nicole Hanson was the top attached Spartan finisher, with a sixth-place time of 4:45.11. Bogan claimed second place in the women's 400m run, crossing the line at 1:00.35.
The women's 800m run top Spartan finisher was redshirt-freshman Lindsey Rudden in second with a time of 2:18.95. On the men's side, redshirt-sophomore Winter Romeyn claimed the title with a time of 1:56.84.
The top attached finisher for the men's 1500m was redshirt-sophomore Matthew Thomas with a time of 4:02.45. Senior Antonio Clarke grabbed a first-place finish in the 400m, clocking in at 49.48.
Senior Devin McKinney won the men's 110m hurdles with a time of 14.59, followed by Morgan with a time of 14.80. Agodu took fourth with a time of 14.89. Junior Taylor Mullins won the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 1:04.10m, and freshman Drew Coleman took second with a time of 1:09.30.
Fife claimed the 200m dash title with a time of 21.87, while DaSilva followed in second with a time of 22.43.
The MSU 4x400m relay team of Tim Ehrhardt, Nick Guerrant, Nathan Whitting and Alec Wiater placed first with a time of 3:19.36.
The men's shot put winner was redshirt-freshman Jerimiah Evans, who threw 17.12m for first place. Freshman Dan Stone took fifth, competing unattached with a throw of 14.91m. The Spartans went 1-2-3 in the women's shot put, led by redshirt-senior Katelyn Daniels, who took the shot put title with a throw of 15.15m. Redshirt-freshman Niki Sargent claimed second with a mark of 14.08m, and redshirt-freshman Kayli Johnson finished third at 13.90m.
Daniels grabbed first place in the women's discus with a mark of 53.42m, while Sargent placed fourth with a mark of 41.67m. Evans won on the men's side with a throw of 50.03m, and Stone placed third with a throw of 46.31m. Redshirt-freshman Nick Kramer took fourth with a final throw of 46.19m.
Junior Ellen DiPietro won the high jump with a mark of 1.70m, and redshirt-sophomore Andrea Pangori tied for third with a jump of 1.60m. Redshirt-sophomore Nick Guerrant tied for fourth in on the men's side with a mark of 1.94m.
Redshirt-senior Tim Ehrhardt won the long jump with a distance of 7.37m. Junior Jon Edwards claimed third with a jump of 6.70m.
On both the men and women's side, MSU took the top finish in the javelin. Senior Max Knoblock threw a mark of 62.69m and senior Jade Madison threw 42.63m on the wome's side.
Up next, the MSU track & field team travels to Louisville, Kentucky, for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge hosted by Louisville on Friday-Saturday, April 13-14.