May 17, 1998
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State mens and womens track and field teams finished the regular season with a final tune-up before the Big Ten Championship at the Len Paddock Invitational on Saturday, May 16 at the University of Michigan. There were no team scores.
For the women, freshman Jeannette Martus (Livonia, Mich.) upped the school pole vault record again winning with a NCAA provisional qualifying leap of 11-1 3/4. Classmate Katie Meyer (Bryon Center, Mich.) finished fifth at 10-00. Junior Karyn Duba (Alto, Mich.) was MSUs other event winner, taking the open 1500-meter run in 4:37.01, her second-fastest time of the season. Senior Karlene Kurtz (Traverse City, Mich.) finished second in the race with a time of 4:41.65. Sophomore Jen Denkins (Flushing, Mich.) ran to a second-place finale in the 3,000-meter run in 10:04.65, the second-fastest MSU time of the season. Sophomore Jessica Price (Waterford, Mich.) became the Spartans longest leaper of the season with a fifth-place triple jump finish of 35-4 1/4, while junior Lisa Holmes (Kalamazoo, Mich.) ran her fastest 200-meter dash of the season in 26.09 (fourth in her heat) and the second-fastest MSU 100-meter dash time of 12.62 (fourth in her heat).
For the men, senior Eric Eichinger (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was second in his heat in the 800-meter run in 1:52.66, his second-fastest mark of the season. Junior E.J. Martin (Pepper Pike, Ohio) lowered his 400-meter hurdle time to 54.74 to finish fifth in his heat, while one of MSUs multi-event athletes, freshman Matt Ingram (Lyons, Mich.) lowered his 110-meter hurdle time substantially, from 18.15 to 16.72. Freshman Paul Terek (Livonia, Mich.), also in training for the multi-events, threw MSUs longest shot put of the season at 37-9 1/2 while junior Justin Selden (Reese, Mich.) threw the discus three feet further than his previous best to take fifth at 166-6. Freshman Keith Sudheimer (Farmington, Mich.) tied his season high in the high jump at 6-6 to finish eighth.
Both the mens and womens teams travel to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for the Big Ten Championship, on May 22-24.