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Track & Field Finishes Strong at the Jesse Owens Classic
Freshman Keenan Michael turned in the top time at the Jesse Owens Classic in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.12.
Freshman Keenan Michael turned in the top time at the Jesse Owens Classic in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.12.

May 1, 2010

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State track & field team wrapped up action at the 25th annual Jesse Owens Class hosted by Ohio State on Saturday, May 1. Taking home top honors in the 400m hurdles was freshman Keenan Michael with a time of 52.12. Michael's time currently ranks him seventh in the Big Ten this season.

"Keenan ran really well for us today," said director of track & field and cross country Walt Drenth. "I thought that all of our track athletes were very competitive and did a good job in battling the wind all weekend. It was a good performance and we certainly saw some things that will help us in a couple weeks at the Big Ten Championships. I feel that the team is really growing up and maturing at the right time for us as we look towards the final meets of the season."

Turning in an impressive time of 11.58 in the 100m dash was junior Erica Mann, a time that currently is fourth-best in the conference.

"With Erica coming on strong at the end of the season last year, her performances this year haven't really come as a shock," Drenth noted. "She has consistently been there for us all year, and we look for her to once again finish out the year strong."

Mann was joined on the podium in the 200m dash with fellow junior Charelise Davis. Davis placed second (24.28), while Mann was third (24.37) in the event.

Sophomore Shane Wells turned in a fourth-place time of 21.47 in the 200m dash, while finishing in 10.64 in the 100m dash.

Placing third in the 800m run was sophomore Stephen Humes. Humes posted a time of 1:50.17 in the event on Saturday.

The women's 4x100m relay team of Davis, Mann, freshman Chelsea Ross and sophomore Leslie Aririguzo turned in a second-place time of 45.71. The Spartan relay team was just narrowly defeated by Ohio State in first 45.53 and narrowly topped Penn State in third (45.90).

In the high jump, sophomore Rebecca Buchholtz placed seventh with a height of 1.70m. Buchholtz also turned in a distance of 5.41m in the long jump.

Freshman Kurt Schneider impressed with his leap of 7.04m in the long jump, a mark that is the top mark on the team this season.

"I thought we started off strong on Friday night on the track all events," Drenth said. "This whole season Emily (MacLeod) has really shown that she is a veteran on this team who really understands what we are teaching. In her 1,500m race she led from wire-to-wire and turned a very good performance. I see Emily challenging in either the 1,500m or the 5,000m at the NCAAs."

MSU will remain within the state of Michigan when it travels to Ann Arbor for the Len Paddock Invite hosted by the University of Michigan. Competition is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 7, and conclude on Saturday, May 8.




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