Track & Field Gears Up for Notre Dame Invitational
Michigan State travels to South Bend, Indiana, for the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track & field teams travel to South Bend, Indiana, for the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Loftus Sports Center. Field events are slated to commence at 11 a.m. ET.
"The team dynamic is a little bit more important at this meet," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth. "It's a really competitive meet, it'll be a lot of fun. I think it's a good introduction for many of us, one of the great things about track & field is keeping score, seeing how the team is doing throughout the meet, seeing how we stack up with other teams. It'll be a lot of fun to see how this meet goes."
Joining Michigan State at the meet, aside from host Notre Dame, will be Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina and Lousiville.
"Everything is a move towards the championship part of the season," said Drenth. "That's the way track & field is, it doesn't matter what we do in the middle of the season, we are measured in how well we do at the end. This is a good meet, it's bragging rights for teams we don't see at championships, it gives us a good comparison to the ACC."
The last time out, MSU sent a portion of the team to the Simmons-Harvey Invitational at Michigan and returned home with top finishes, particularly in the field events.
"There are a number of people there that I think will do well in their respective field events," said Drenth. "The field events are important because they're the first events and prior to the meet even getting off the ground, we've got some things that we can start to see where we are competing."
Michigan State will also return their mid-distance and distance runners to get the whole team back together in competition mode.
"It's nice to have the whole team back together," said Drenth. "There aren't any event holes anymore. You go into nearly every event with someone that is going to try to be competitive. It's a march towards the end of February and hopefully for a few of them the national championships. This group will bring a good sense of energy, they've always been a competitive group in our program and that's something that will be important to us this weekend."
Sophomore Cody Stemple took first in the high jump with a winning jump of 2.15 meters. The Spartans grabbed first and second place in the pole vault. Junior Tim Ehrhardt won on a height of 5.20 meters, while junior Noah Gary took second.
In the women's field events, the Spartans took first and second in the long jump. Reynolds took first place with her longest jump of 5.79 meters. Sophomore Autumn Robinson was right behind with her second place finish and longest jump of 5.70 meters.
Junior Katelyn Daniels rounded out the field events competition for the day placing in both her events. She took third in the weight throw with a final distance of 17.27 meters. She also took first in the shot put with a final distance of 15.23 meters.
For the men's sprints, junior Alec Waiter took first in both the prelims and finals of the 600 meters. He won the finals with a time of 1:23.01. The men's team rounded out the running by winning the 4x400 meter relay. The relay team consisted of Clarke, Waiter, senior David Washington and freshman Zaqwon Powell. The foursome broke the tape in 3:20.17.
On the women's end, sophomore Taylor Hopp was the only Spartan to make it to the finals in the 60 meters and she took third with a time of 7.68. Hopp also finished fourth in the 200 meter dash, crossing the line at 25.87.
Results from the Notre Dame Invitational will be available at MSUSpartans.com following the conclusion of the meet, as well as on TFRRS.org.