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Men's Track Update

Spartans Prepare for Meyo Invitational.

Feb. 4, 1998

Head Coach: Darroll Gatson (3rd year)

Upcoming Events:
Sat., Feb. 7, Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Ind.


SOUTH OF THE BORDER: After a fourth-place showing at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships (see story below), the Michigan State men's track and field squad heads to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 7.

SOUNDS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD: Shaking off exhaustion after nearly eight hours of competition in his first collegiate heptathlon, MSU freshman Paul Terek proceeded to break his own Michigan State pole vault record, as he made it over the bar at 17i 0 aei at the Michigan Intercollegiates, held Jan. 30 at Jenison Field House. That performance outdistanced his old mark of 16' 9", set during his collegiate debut on Jan. 17. Fellow Spartan freshmen Jake Diner (16' 6") and Matt Deering (15' 7") also played strong supporting roles in the vault, as they finished second and fifth, respectively.

"I had just told Paul not to vault (after his effort in the heptathlon), but I look up and he's doing it. I'm proud of him, that's Paul. It's a great way to end the meet and hopefully this leads to something better," stated MSU head coach Darroll Gatson.

MICHIGAN INTERCOLLEGIATES: 13th-ranked Eastern Michigan successfully defended its Michigan Intercollegiate Championships title on Jan. 30, as they racked up 167 points to edge runner-up Western Michigan (109 points) by 58. Michigan (104), Michigan State (85), Central Michigan (84) and Detroit (7) rounded out the standings. Michigan State used 20 points in the final event, the pole vault, to slip past Central Michigan into fourth place in the meet. Senior sprinter Octavis Long won his second straight 55-meter dash title, as stopped the watch at 6.37 seconds, just .01 in front of his competition. Also, the MSU distance medley relay squad seized top honors, as the crew of Jeff Ferrell, Jason Coulter, Ryan Taylor and Joe Leo hit the tape in 10:00.88.

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