Michigan State Track & Field Set For Big Ten Indoor Championships
MSU travels to Geneva, Ohio, for final indoor event before NCAA Championships.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State track & field travels to Geneva, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24 for the 2018 Big Ten Indoor Championships held at the SPIRE Institute. The event will commence at 10 a.m. on Friday and continue on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
“I expect us to apply the lessons we’ve learned through the course of the fall and the winter,” MSU Director of Track & Field, Walt Drenth, said. “I expect us to minimize the distractions by just managing the variables we have control over. I expect us to be full engaged and for them to really enjoy being involved in one of the best track & field championships they’ll be involved with.”
Last time out, the Spartans had a strong showing at the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee, on Feb. 9-10. Junior Will Agodu tied a school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.88, and redshirt-senior Tim Ehrhardt won the pole vault, clearing 5.57m. Redshirt-freshman Morgan Beadlescomb also won the men’s 3,000m, breaking his personal record at 8:10.23.
“I think that we’ve improved in a lot of areas, which is nice,” added Drenth. “I feel like there’s some better understanding of each person’s responsibility as it relates to getting better. I think our leaders, our upperclassmen have become good leaders. I think there’s been some healthy growth. I hope that it reflects on the score, but I think that as a program in this year, we’ve grown quite a bit.”
Though the Big Ten Indoor Championships will feature an elite field of competition, the Spartans are no stranger to tough meets this season, appearing at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame, the Akron Invitational hosted by Akron and the Simmons-Harvey Quad hosted by Michigan in addition to the Music City Challenge.
“I think that any time you are in a high level of competition, it raises the bar and raises your expectation,” Drenth said. “It gives you an idea of what other good people are doing. Our purpose is to see if we can maximize each and every one of these student-athletes, and that’s hopefully what we’re helping them move towards.”
At last year’s Big Ten Indoor Championships, Ehrhardt was the Big Ten Pole Vault Champion with a mark of 5.49m, breaking the SPIRE Insitute meet record he had previously set. Ehrhardt was MSU’s only champion at the event.
With a week off between the last event and B1G Indoor Championships, Drenth has looked for consistency and health in his team.
“I think we’ve had good practices. We went through a little bit of up and down with not being well the last couple of weeks, but I think everybody fights that this time of year,” Drenth said. “I’m pleased with the things that we’ve done in practice. We’ve had good energy, good sense of purpose. The kids that have been banged up seem to be coming around a little bit, so we’re going to be optimistic.”
Following the completion of the Big Ten Indoor Championships, NCAA Indoor Championships will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M.