Dec. 10, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field team held its annual Green and White Intrasquad meet on Friday, Dec. 10 in Jenison Field House. Overall, the Green narrowly edged the White by a score of 145 to 143. Today's competition gave the public the first opportunity to see the 2010-11 team prior to the upcoming season.
"I thought we were well balanced tonight," said director of track & field and cross country Walt Drenth. "In nearly every event we are now to the point where we can say that we are competitive in that event in the Big Ten. We will actually be potential scores in those events. When you have a balance, you have a chance to be involved at the top half of the conference. We are going to continue to make strides."
The men saw the first action of the day when they opened competition with the shot put and the long jump.
Ashley Smith placed first in the women's pole vault with a height of 3.89m (12' 9"). Placing second was Sarah Birkmeier with a vault of 3.81m (12' 9").
Jessica Scherting was the top high jumper for the women, recording a height of 1.70m (5' 7").
Finishing first in the women's weight throw was Rohl with a toss of 20.37m (66' 10"). Lawrence joined Rohl once again as she was second with a 17.75m (58' 3") mark.
"What we saw today were Big Ten scoring marks in multiple events," Drenth said. "That is becomes gratifying and now you start to see the team mature."
The men's weight had Lonnie Pugh and Gillespie finishing first and second in the event with marks of 19.27m (63' 3") and 18.79m (61' 8"), respectively.
Codi Mattix topped Derik Peterman in the pole vault in a jump off. After both individuals posted marks of 4.98m (16' 4"), Mattix recorded a height of 5.02m (16 `6") to gain top honors, as Peterman was unable to match Mattix's mark.
Schneider and Miller kicked off the track events in the 60m hurdles. Miller got the best of Schneider in the event with his time of 8.45, topping Schneider's 8.53.
Amelia Bannister crossed first with a time of 1:34.77, topping Tre Washington in second who crossed in 1:43.94.
Erica Mann ran away from the competition in the women's race with her time of 7.72.
Ratomski also placed first in the 300m with his time of 34.75. Ratomski was followed by Brandon VanDriel who crossed in second with a time of 35.84.
Taking home top honors in the 300m was Alysson Bodenbach as she finished in 40.24. Jaelynn Pryor ran the second fastest time with a 41.12 mark.
"I told the team tonight about the importance of owning what they have earned and what they have paid for this fall," said Drenth. "We also talked about the importance of going home this break and taking care of themselves and coming back well and fit. If we do that, we will do well this coming season."
The Spartans open the indoor season on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 14-15, 2011 when they travel to Lexington, Ky. for the Kentucky Invite.