Spartan Track & Field Travels To Music City Challenge And GVSU Big Meet
MSU competes in Nashville, Tennessee, and Allendale, Michigan, this weekend.
Music City Challenge Live Results | GVSU Big Meet Day One Stream | GVSU Big Meet Day Two Stream
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track & field will split up again this weekend with two groups representing the Spartans at competitive meets on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10. A portion of the team will compete at the Music City Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee, and another will head to the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Michigan.
Up to 27 teams and 750 student-athletes are expected to participate in the Music City Challenge held at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility. On Friday, Feb. 9, field events will kick off at 5 p.m. (ET) followed by running events at 8 p.m. The action will continue on Saturday, Feb. 10 with running events beginning at 11 a.m. and field events at 12 p.m.
“We’re going to see some competition we don’t see all year, a number of SEC schools,” said Walt Drenth, MSU director of track & field. “It’s typically a really competitive meet in nearly every event, so we’re looking forward to a little bit of a fresh face opportunity, but elite competition for the Big Ten Championships.”
The GVSU Big Meet will be hosted by Grand Valley State at the Kelly Family Sports Center. Track events start at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 followed by field events at 12 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 10, field events get going at 9 a.m. and running events follow at 10 a.m. The meet will be available to stream on FloTrack.
“Every meet is a step towards the Big Ten Championships,” Drenth said. “We’ve just got to continue to refine ourselves. It doesn’t matter what meet we’re going to attend at this point, we’re looking for refinement and opportunities to see who’s going to be able to help us and how we’re going to place our personnel once we get to Big Tens.”
The Spartans are coming off a successful split weekend at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame and the Akron Invitational from Friday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 3, highlighted by a new school record set by redshirt senior Tim Ehrhardt in the pole vault with a 5.60m mark.
Sophomore Nick Guerrant took first in the heptathlon with a score of 3,191. Freshman Sophia Franklin tied for first in the pole vault with a mark of 3.83m, a personal best. Sophomore Andrea Pangori also performed well, taking sixth in the pentathlon with a score of 3,553.
At the Meyo Invitational, junior Will Agodu took third in the 60m hurdle final with a time of 7.97. Redshirt-freshman Morgan Beadlescomb set a new PR in the mile, crossing the finish line at 4:04.00. Freshman Jerimiah Evans threw a personal-best 17.33m shot put, taking second place. Redshirt-sophomore Jesse Hersha won the 5,000m, setting a new PR at 14:20.46. Junior Justine Kiprotich, junior Andrew O’Connor, freshman John Gove and redshirt-sophomore Winter Romeyn teamed up in the distance medley relay, taking second with a time of 9:57.23.
On the women’s side, sophomore Dillon McClintock won the 800m with a time of 2:06.18. Redshirt-senior Katelyn Daniels claimed second in the shot put with a season-best throw of 16.15m. The distance medley relay team of redshirt-sophomore Carlyn Arteaga, McClintock, junior Kayla Kavulich and redshirt-senior Bridget Blake finished first with a time of 11:23.68.
“We’re looking for growth, the same kind of engagement we saw last weekend,” Drenth added. “There are higher expectations, so we’re looking for a little bit more maturity. I thought we handled ourselves pretty well throughout last weekend. Some of us didn’t make the choices in our best interest. When it was going bad, we didn’t really try to find a way to solve the problem. We got stuck in the problem. Those are the things we’ll try to assess, but I think growth is going to be the primary thing here.”
Following the Music City Challenge and GVSU Big Meet, the Spartans will compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Indiana, on Feb. 17.