MSU Track & Field To Compete In Simmons-Harvey Quad Saturday
Michigan hosts first-ever scored dual meet at U-M Indoor Track.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State Track & Field travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, again this weekend to compete in the Simmons-Harvey Quad on Saturday at the U-M Indoor Track. Michigan will host the first-ever scored competition at the U-M Indoor Track Building between Michigan State, Ohio State and Arkansas. Field events will begin at 11 a.m. and running events commence at 11:30 a.m.
“Our first scored meet, I think it’s good for us to get a sense of how we’re going to respond with a little greater expectation. We’re going there to try to score points. We’re going there to try to outscore teams,” Michigan State director of track & field, Walt Drenth, said. “It doesn’t mean that we change our approach, but it gives us as coaches a little better sense of who’s going to have that high level of urgency and who’s going to be fully engaged, who’s going to take the lessons from last week and apply them to this week. It’ll be exciting to see. I love scored meets. I think it brings out the best of us. Typically it’s really good in terms of preparation down the road for the Big Ten Championship as well.”
Michigan State competes in its first indoor dual meet since Jan. 31, 2015, when the Spartans took on in-state rival Michigan in Allendale, Michigan. The No. 23 women edged the No. 15 Wolverines, 81-80 while the No. 25 men fell 85-76.
On the women’s side, Michigan State is currently ranked No. 23 in the Track and Field News dual meet rankings. Ohio State sits at No. 6 while Arkansas and Michigan are ranked No. 8 and No. 20, respectively, proving that Saturday’s dual meet will feature some of the best track & field teams in the nation.
The men’s team is currently unranked, but will take on No. 3 Ohio State, No. 14 Arkansas and No. 22 Michigan.
“They’re exceptional programs. All three of the Big Ten schools on the women’s side have won recent championships. Arkansas is a perennial national champion and right in the hunt for a trophy every year in both genders. Both men’s and women’s programs have exceptional people in a lot of areas,” Drenth said. “It’s going to be a really competitive, fun meet. I think it will be spirited. I think it’ll be a nice format. There are a lot of good things about this for us.”
Last weekend, the Spartans showed promise at the Wolverine Invitational by taking 24 top-five finishes, six of which were first place and set records at the U-M Indoor Track building. Senior Tim Ehrhardt finished first in the pole vault with a mark of 5.47 meters, posting the fourth-best pole vault in the nation. Junior Will Agodu took first place in the 60m hurdle with a time of 8.10. Freshman Morgan Beadlescomb rounded out the men’s first place finishes with a time of 8:17.92 in the 3,000m.
On the women’s side, senior Katelyn Daniels nabbed first place in both the shot put (15.47m) and the weigh throw (18.77m), and freshman Sophia Franklin finished first in the pole vault with a mark of 3.80m.
Following the Simmons-Harvey Quad, Michigan State track & field will compete in the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.