MSU Track & Field Opens Indoor Season at GVSU Holiday Open
Five Spartans take first place at first meet of the season.
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Michigan State track & field competed in its first meet of the 2017-18 season on Friday afternoon at the Grand Valley State Holiday Open held at the Kelly Family Turf Building in Allendale, Michigan. Five Spartan sprinters, jumpers and throwers earned first-place finishes, and MSU claimed 51 top-10 finishes to start the season off strong.
"I think overall the team did fine. We use this meet to gauge where the fall training has been and to see where we're at, and we'll come back in January and really get started. As a group, the throwers carried the team a little bit today. I know they had multiple PR's coming out of that group," MSU assistant coach Ceith Creekmur said. "Jerimiah Evans won the shot put, and I think to win your first collegiate meet as a freshman, that's something pretty special. We had some good performances sprinkled throughout the track in the sprints and jumps as well, but I think the throwers were the ones that stood out today."
Leading the men's throwers, freshman Jerimiah Evans took first in the shot put with a final throw of 16.72 meters, and junior Danny Wallace took third with a throw of 15.03m. Senior Tim Ehrhardt finished eighth with a distance of 13.68m. In the weight throw, freshman Nick Kramer claimed fourth with a final throw of 17.15m, followed by Evans in fifth place with a final throw of 16.92m.
On the women's side, Freshman Kayli Johnson was the top Spartan finisher in shot put, taking second with a final throw of 14.47m. Freshman Nicole Sargent took fifth (13.48m), with senior Heather Smallegan taking sixth (13.41m) and sophomore Sarah Roethlisberger rounding out the unit in seventh (13.25m). In the weight throw, junior Stephanie Pajot took second with a final throw of 17.39m, while Kayli Johnson finished fifth with a final throw of 15.96m.
Competing in the high jump, sophomore Andrea Pangori tied for second with a final height of 1.63m. In the pole vault, freshman Sophia Franklin took the top Spartan finish in third (3.90m). Senior Kamie Powell and sophomore Kayla Janevski tied for fourth at 3.50m, and freshman Gabrielle LeRoux took sixth at 3.35m. For the long jump event, senior Shelby Allen claimed fourth with a final distance of 5.33 meters. Junior Autumn Robinson took seventh with a distance of 5.14 meters. In the triple jump, Allen finished third (11.87m).
"Sophia Franklin performed pretty well," Creekmur said. "She might've been the top collegiate freshman out of that field also, so that's pretty good."
For the women's sprinters, junior Taylor Mullins finished first in the 600-meter run with a mark of 1:35.05, claiming the first Spartan top finish of the day. In the women's 60-meter dash prelim, junior Taylor Hopp finished ninth with a time of 7.75 to qualify for the final. Freshman Brooke Bogan was right behind in 10th with a time of 7.76. In the finals, Hopp finished seventh with a time of 7.72.
Junior Autumn Robinson placed sixth in the 200m, finishing with a time of 25.90, shaving .10 second off her season-best from 2017. Junior Denise Spann took fifth place in the 400mh, crossing the line at 58.12.
In the 60m hurdles, both Pangori (8.95) and Franklin (8.95) qualified for the finals. Franklin finished fifth in her first meet as a Spartan with a time of 8.95, while Pangori took eighth with a final time of 9.25.
The team of Spann, Mullins, Bogan and Pangori came in fifth for the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:50.63.
On the men's side in the 200m, senior Antonio Clarke claimed first place with a time of 21.89, and Savalas Morgan took seventh with a time of 22.43. In the 400m, while junior Ryan Homik finished 10th with a time of 51.44. Senior Alec Wiater took first in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:21.51, followed by sophomore Noah Burton in second with a time of 1:21.53.
Junior Will Agodu finished first in the 60-meter hurdle prelims, qualifying for the finals with a time of 8.10. In the final, Agodu took first again with a time of 7.98.
"Will Agodu ran really fast in the hurdles," Creekmur added. "That's a pretty substantial time for this early in the season."
Sophomore Jon Edwards finished sixth, and sophomore Savalas Morgan finished seventh in the 60-meter dash prelim, qualifying for the finals. Morgan took eighth in the final with a time of 7.09 and Edwards took ninth with a time of 7.10.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Wiater, Homick, Burton and sophomore Nick Guerrant finished fourth with a time of 3:21.82.
For the pole vault, senior Noah Gary finished second with a height of 4.60m. In the long jump, Edwards took sixth place with a final distance of 6.80 meters.