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Jan. 31, 1998

Spartan Pole Vault Duo Break Record at Michigan Intercollegiates

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State pole vaulters Katie Meyer and Jeannette Martus each set the Spartan record, as they came up with identical marks to win that event at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships, held Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.

Despite three Spartans combining to rack up 22 points in the pole vault, Michigan ran away with the title, seizing 226 points. The 21st-ranked Wolverines finished with a 131-point gap between them and runner-up Eastern Michigan, who scored 95 tallies. Central Michigan (62), Michigan State (54), Western Michigan (36) and Detroit Mercy (21) rounded out the field, as each stood powerless to stop the U-M onslaught.

Meyer and Martus now each etch their name in the record books, as the MSU pole vault mark has been broken three times this season, each by Meyer. She had set the previous standard of 8i 6i at the USA Track and Field Pole Vault Summit last Saturday, in Reno, Nev. Meyer was awarded first place (10 points) in the meet, with co-record holder Martus taking second place (eight).

The 5,000 meters proved also to be a strong point source for the Green and White cause, as Jen Denkins (17:39.34) and Leah Nilsson (17:59.94) finished second and fourth, respectively. Other solid individual contributors included Christie Achenbach, who grabbed third place in the 3000, as she stopped the watch in 10:22.47, picking up six points. Shermaine McKenzie also provided a spark, taking fourth place in the 400 with a time of 58.07. Finally, Karlene Kurtz added a two-point offering in the mile with a mark of 5:06.90.

In relay action, the Spartan distance medley relay squad grabbed third with a time of 12:22.69, while the 4x400 crew took fifth with a mark of 4:07.74.

MSU now gears up for a dual meet against Central Michigan, hosted Feb. 7 at Jenison Field House.

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