Track & Field
Track & Field Travels to Silverston Invite for Final Big Ten Tune-up
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 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.
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