Track & Field
Men's Track and Field Geared Up for the Central Collegiate Championships
Feb. 12, 1998
LAST WEEKS RESULTS: Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Ind., no team scores
MID-SEASON CLASH: Michigan State gears up for the Central Collegiate Championships, held Feb. 13-14 in Ann Arbor. Teams from around the Midwest will compete in this prestigious event, which Michigan State hosted last season. The Central Collegiates will kick off at 6 p.m. on Fri., and will continue on Sat., beginning at noon. Also this weekend, some Spartans will see action at the Cannon Classic, a high-caliber meet in Indianapolis, Ind.
During last year's Central Collegiate Championships, MSU took fifth place out of 12 squads, compiling 64 points. MSUis Jason Coulter took home the 600-meter crown as the lone Spartan individual victor. Eastern Michigan will look to defend its crown, as it edged Michigan for the 1997 crown. The 1998 Central Collegiates will mark the Spartansi second of three appearances on the U-M indoor track this season.
IRISH INTRIGUE: The Spartans put together a strong meet at the Adidas/Meyo Invitational, held Feb. 6-7 in South Bend, Ind. Three members of the Green and White came through with event titles, capping a solid outing in the five-team affair. No team scores were kept.
Senior Octavis Long has not been beaten in the short sprints this season, keeping his four-meet winning streak alive by taking the Meyo 60-meter title with a time of 6.92. Long won his previous three races in the 55-meters. Freshman sensation Paul Terek continued his winning ways, as he took home the pole vault title with a mark of 16-2 ae. Terek, who set the Michigan State record in breathtaking fashion one week ago, has won three pole vault crowns in four meets. MSUis Jake Diner finished third in the pole vault with a mark of 15-9. Sophomore Okoineme Giwa-Agbomeirele grabbed the long jump title, as he bounded 23-6.
Even without the redshirted Kyle Baker, the Spartans continued to make an impact in the distance events. A quartet of Spartans finished third through sixth, respectively, in the 3,000 meters. Jim Jurcevich (8:14.11), Jeff Ferrell (8:15.78), Steve Schell (8:15.79) and Chris Wehrman (8:16.88) each posted solid times in the 17-runner competition. In the mile, Eric Eichinger took second with a time of 4:11.10, with teammate Mark Goodfellow notching fourth, stopping the watch in 4:12.20.
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