April 18, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's track and field teams hosted the Spartan Invitational Saturday, and a pole vaulter for the Green and White women stole the show. Freshman Katie Meyer set new MSU and Spartan Invitational records with her leap of 10' 6". In the process, she qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships in Edwardsville, Ill. Friday-Saturday, June 26-27. Michigan State's other competitors in the vault also competed well. Meyer's freshman counterpart Jeannette Martus took second with a 10'0" vault, while sophomore Lauren Molinari finished third with a vault of 8' 11 <=". If that was not enough, Meyer also took third in the high jump competition with a leap of 5'3 <=", and Martus finished fourth in the long jump with a bound of 15'11".
The Spartans also received some other shining performances on Saturday from its sprint squad. In the 100-meter dash, MSU took first and second with senior Lawanda Byrd leading the field in 12.36 followed by freshman Shante Burke with a time of 12.78. Junior Lisa Holmes placed third in the 200-meter with a time of 26.17 while Burke finished fourth in 26.48. The distance crew was solid for Michigan State once again this season. Junior Karyn Duba won the 800 with a time of 2:15.58, while senior Becky Caldwell finished third in 2:17.32. In the 5,000-meter, senior Elyse Adelson flew past the field to take the title with a time of 18:58.04. For the men's track and field team, the focus was in East Lansing as well as in Walnut, Calif. for the Mt. San Antonio Relays. The Spartans split up their squad for the two meets with most of the distance runners heading West for the four day meet.
Michigan State All-American Jim Jurcevich was one of the Spartans that took the trip to California and it was well worth it. He won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 29:12.49, while junior Steve Schell took seventh in 29:31.32. Schell's finish was the fifth fastest collegiate time. Both times were good enough for NCAA provisional qualifying marks. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Chris Wehrman finished seventh overall and fourth for college athletes with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 8:51.60. Sophomore Ryan Taylor also set a provisional mark with a time of 14:09.22 in the 5,000. He finished ninth.
The Spartans also had some highlights from the harriers that remained at home. Sophomore E.J. Martin placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time 49.17. In the 800-meter, senior Eric Eichinger took fourth with a time of 1:52.52, while freshman Matt Ingram finished eighth in 1:56.08. #MSU#
MICHIGAN STATE INVITATIONAL
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
Javelin Throw Kim Beckley, Toledo 33.24m (109-01) Pole Vault Katie Meyer, MSU 10'06" Long Jump Michelle Delatour, Toledo 17-00.75 Shot Put JoAnn Brown, Unatt. 41-06 High Jump Kelle Saxen, Notre Dame 5-05.75 Triple Jump Beth Stover, MSU 34-02 100-meter hurdles Arnika Edwards, Toledo 14.48 100-meter dash Lawanda Byrd, MSU 12.36 200 meters Coco Saunders, Toledo 24.79 400 meters Carri Lenz, Notre Dame 58.18 1500 meters Stephanie Durenger, Unattached 4:35.88 800 meters Karyn Duba 2:15.58 400 hurdles Sarah Lopienski, Notre Dame 1:06.64 3,000 meters Stephanie Durenger, Unattached 9:55.97 5,000 meters Elyse Adelson, MSU 18:58.04 4x400 relay Toledo University 3:59.69 4x100 relay Toledo University 47.78
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL WINNERS Hammer Throw Fred Myall, CMU 55.82 Javelin Throw Andrew McDonagh, Unattached 60.20m (197-060
Pole Vault Charles Dewildt, UM 16-02.75 Long Jump Okie Agbomeirele Shot Put Dale Cowper, Unatt. 49-01.75 High Jump Mike Hanson, Unatt. 6-09.75 Triple Jump Taiwa Okusanya, UM 44-06.25 110-meter hurdles Jarion Bradley, Unatt. 15.06 100-meter dash Billy Chenault, Macomb 10.82 200 meters Billy Chenault, Macomb 21.42 400 meters Emerson Jones, CMU 47.72 1500 meters Kyle Baker, Unatt. 3:58.30 800 meters Trinity Townsend, Unatt. 1:50.34 400 hurdles Josh Sellers, UM 54.15 3,000 meter steeplechase Kyle Baker, Unatt. 9:20.39 5,000 meters Lyle Mayers, Lansing Community College 15:12.65 4x400 relay Michigan 3:14.24 4x100 relay Lansing Comm. College 44.19