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Track & Field Travels to Silverston Invite for Final Big Ten Tune-up
Ashley Lawrence and the throwers will travel to Grand Valley State University for the GR Championships this weekend.
Ashley Lawrence and the throwers will travel to Grand Valley State University for the GR Championships this weekend.

Feb. 19, 2010

EAST LANSING, Mich. - In its final tune-up before the Big Ten Championships, the Michigan State track & field team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday, Feb. 20, for the Silverston Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan. Action is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the men's weight throw. MSU will also send several throwers to the GR Championships hosted by Grand Valley State University. The throwers will begin competition at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19.

"We plan on sending a few throwers to Grand Valley while Leslie Aririguzo will travel to the Silverston," said director of track & field Walt Drenth. "Leslie is a special athlete who we believe will be one of MSU's best hurdlers ever. With her late arrival she is just rounding into form so the extra reps will have her closer to her best by next weekend's Big Ten Championships. With the throwers, Coach Newell felt they could use the extra competition reps as they seem to be really making progress. The final weekend before the championships is primarily a momentum builder for them."

Last weekend at the GVSU Big Meet, the Spartans posted several record-setting performances. In the 60m dash, Erica Mann broke the Laker Turf Building track record with her time of 7.48. In the men's weight throw, Brad Wentzel broke the school record with his toss of 19.63m, breaking the previous mark set by former teammate Kyle Strotbaum by 1.58m.

Cliff Miller posted a second-place finish in the heptathlon with a score of 5412. Miller finished 64 points behind the 2008 Big Ten heptathlon champion, Frank Shotwell of Michigan.

The Sprinters are led by Erica Mann who is currently third in conference in the 60m with her time of 7.48. Mann is also tied for seventh in the conference in the 200m with her time of 24.34. Teammate Charlise Davis is currently eighth in the Big Ten in the 60m (7.61) and ninth in the 200m (24.36). Leslie Aririguzo ranks seventh in the 60m hurdles with her time of 8.60. For the men, Shane Wells is tied for seventh in the 200m (21.63) and tied for sixth in the 60m hurdles (8.04).



The men distance runners has seen success this season as well. Stephen Humes currently is just outside the top 10 with his NCAA provisional time of 1:50.24 in the 800m. Patrick Grosskopf is eighth in the 5000m with his 14:17.78 mark. For the women, Rebekah Smeltzer is 10th in the conference with a time of 16:54.77 in the 5000m.

Leading the way for the jumpers is Kyron Foster with his top leap in the triple jump 16.06m, a NCAA provisional mark. The women pole vaulters currently boast Ashley Smith in ninth (3.85m) and Katie Shaw in 10th (3.80m) in the conference. Logan Lynch has the eighth-best height of 5.05m in the pole vault. Both Kurt Schneider and Rebecca Buchholtz are tied for sixth in the high jump with leaps of 2.11m and 1.75m, respectively.

Brad Wentzel currently is third in the weight throw with his school record and NCAA provisional toss of 19.63m. Ashley Lawrence finds herself in the top 10 of both the shot put (15.16m - sixth) and the weight throw (17.68m - ninth).

Cliff Miller currently boasts the fifth-best score of 5412 in the heptathlon, a mark that is also an NCAA provisional score. Rebecca Buchholtz is fourth in the pentathlon with a 3629 score.


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