April 25, 2014
HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Michigan State track & field team posted strong marks on Friday, as Spartan underclassman competed at the Hillsdale College GINA Relays.
“From our standpoint, our big thing was to go down there and watch some of our young athletes, our redshirts compete tonight,” said director of track & field/cross country Walt Drenth. “I felt like we got something out of it. We go to these meets, we want them to engage, and we had a presence in everything. Our better performers and most of our performances will be tomorrow, mostly our sprinters, so we’ll see.”
Three Spartans finished in the top-five of the women’s pole vault competition. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Chorny led MSU with a runner-up finish, tying her personal-best mark of 4.05m/13-3½. In third place was redshirt sophomore Sarah Birkmeier with a mark of 3.85m/12-7½, while freshman Hannah Sailar hit the same mark but in more attempts to finish fifth.
“I think our highlight performances would be Lauren Chorny in the pole vault,” Drenth said. “They pole vaulted inside because of the inclement weather; it was windy. Lauren jumped pretty well, finishing second.”
On the men’s side, freshman Tim Canfield earned a fourth-place finish with his season-best mark of 5.00m/ 16-4¾.
Sophomore Ed Clifton won the 800-meter open run, clocking a season-best time of 1:53.89. Also running a season-best time of 1:54.67, redshirt sophomore Eric Buday finished eighth overall.
“I though the men half-milers did a nice job,” said Drenth. “Eric Buday was second in his section of the 800m and Ed Clifton won his section; both ran pretty well and I think they’re best outdoors. They competed well.”
Freshman Nadia Lorencz improved her personal-best time to 15.19 in the 100-meter hurdles to place sixth overall.
In the high jump, junior Kelsey Kuipers matched her personal record, hitting 1.58m/ 5-2¼ to finish 10th. She was followed by redshirt freshman Molly Walker, who placed 15th with the same mark as Kuipers but in more attempts to earn her season best.
“Our women high jumpers did Ok,” said Drenth. “They keep making progress at bars. They had some pretty good attempts at the bar they went out on, so they will keep making progress. For Kelsey (Kuipers), she hasn’t jumped since she was in high school. We’re just trying to get her in a state where she can get better.”
Freshman Reggie Ferrell hit a season-best in the long jump, posting a mark of 6.59m/ 21-7½ to place 11th overall.
“Reggie was competitive; I think it was an outdoor best in the long jump,” said Drenth.
In his first 5,000-meter run of the season, redshirt junior David Madrigal clocked a time of 14:40.13 to finish in 12th place.
Meanwhile, redshirt senior Kurt Schneider, who began competition in his first decathlon of the season at the Drake Relays, was forced to withdraw due to illness.
Michigan State will be back in action on Saturday, April 26, with Spartans wrapping up weekend competition at the Drake Relays, the GINA relays and the Ashland Alumni Open.