Michigan State Track & Field Begins 2018 At Wolverine Invitational
Spartans compete in first even of the calendar year.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track & field continues the indoor season at the first-ever Wolverine Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the new U-M Indoor Track Building in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first field event is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m., and the first track event will start at 11:30 a.m.
“We’ve got to get started. It’ll be a great early opportunity for us as coaches and athletes to learn where we are and get a sense of how far we have to go or what direction we have to go in, in terms of training and how much progress we have to make,” MSU director of track & field, Walt Drenth, said. “We’re doing everything as a step toward the Big Ten Championships, and for maybe a few people, the NCAA Championships so this gets us off the mark and gets us some good points of reference.”
Eight teams are in the field of competition, including Michigan State and host Michigan. Eastern Michigan, Hillsdale, Notre Dame, South Florida, Western Michigan and Western Ontario will also participate in the Invitational.
The event will feature six field events and 11 track events, and a full schedule can be found here.
“It’s a large group,” Drenth said of those competing on Saturday. “We’re going to take 31 in one gender and 28 or 29 in another, so we’re taking near capacity. There will be people in every event, so we’re excited to go.”
The Spartans return to action after the Grand Valley State Holiday Open back on Dec. 1, when the team claimed 51 top-10 finishes, five of which were first-place. Freshman Jerimiah Evans took first in the shot put, junior Taylor Mullins took first the 600-meter dash, senior Antonio Clarke claimed first in the 200-meter dash and junior Will Agodu finished first in both the 60-meter hurdle prelims and final.
“Levels of fitness, who did what kind of work,” Drenth said on what he expects to learn returning to action. “We’ve had a good week of practice, but one week, it’s hard to tell where everybody’s at. You get into competition, you get a better sense of where their minds are at, where their bodies are at and how they took care of themselves when we didn’t see them.”
Following the Wolverine Invitational, the Spartans will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan, again for the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 20.