June 13, 2014
EUGENE, Oregon - Senior Kurt Schneider was the lone member of the Michigan State track & field team to compete today at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but took home second-team All-America accolades in the decathlon. He totaled 7,429 points to place 15th at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
"Overall I thought Kurt's day went really well. To finish 15th after entering the NCAAs ranked 18th is a great accomplishment," said MSU Director of Track & Field Walt Drenth. "At national events, if you can exceed your seeding and be as good as you can, it should be your goal. And I thought Kurt did both of those.
"He did a really nice job today. He wasn't great in the hurdles or the discus, but pole vaulted really well. He fell really hard in his first pole vault event, but rallied to clear the next three bars. Kurt stayed steady the rest of the day and competed really well."
Schnieder becomes just the second Spartan to receive All-America honors in the decathlon, joining Paul Terek (2001, 2002). His point total was two points shy of his personal record set at the 2014 Big Ten Championships.
Schneider began the day by crossing 12th in the 110m hurdles in 15.19 and was seventh in the discus with a toss of 41.86m (137-4). He responded with a personal-best height of 4.50m (14-9) in the pole vault to place 12th. After an 18th-place showing in the javelin with a throw of 50.37m (165-3), Schneider ended his Spartan career by posting a time of 4:50.23 in the 1,500m to finish 15th.
"Kurt had a great senior year and earn All-America honors and nearly PR in his first national championship is a great way to cap the year," added Drenth. "We will miss him as he was a good competitor and a good leader.
"A lot of credit needs to go to Coach Creekmur, as he did an outstanding job in managing the week for Kurt and making him better throughout the season. Coach Creekmur did a really good job with Kurt in controlling what they could and staying steady through some difficult challenges."
Three Spartans will compete tomorrow. In the field events, junior Tori Franklin will be in the triple jump at 6:25 p.m. ET and classmate Antonio James will be in the discus at 7 p.m. ET, while fellow junior Leah O'Connor will run in the finals of the 3,000m steeplechase at 8:35 p.m. ET.