Track & Field
Men's Track and Field in Action
Feb. 25, 1998
SITE: PURDUE UNIVERSITY
SPARTAN NEWS AND NOTES
RUNNING FOR DISTANCE: The Spartan distance crew is making its presence known this season. Sophomore Steve Schell has reached NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 5,000 meter with a time of 14:11.35. Fellow sophomore Joe Leo won the 3,000 meter race at the Central Collegiate Championships with a time of 8:22.34.
RUNNING FOR SPEED: Michigan State senior sprinter Octavis Long has not lost a short sprint race this indoor season. His 55-meter time of 6.31 at the Red Simmons Invitational is the Spartans best time this season in that event. Long's 6.31 is the second-fastest Big Ten time, just shy of Wisconsin's Tony Simmons who recorded a 6.29.
ALL ALONE, ALL ALONE: Freshman Paul Terek has broken the 30-year-old Michigan State pole vault record three times this season. The Livonia, Mich. native originally broke the mark at the Michigan State Invitational with a 16'9 1/4, but since then he has established a higher standard with a vault of 17'0 3/4.
Spartan Big Ten Results in the 1990s: Year: Place Site 1997: 8th Iowa City, Iowa 1996: 9th Columbus, Ohio 1995: 6th Champaign, Illinois 1994: 9th Ann Arbor, Michigan 1993: 10th Madison, Wisconsin 1992: 5th EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN 1991: 9th Columbus, Ohio 1990: 9th Bloomington, Indiana HOW THEY PLACED: 1997 Championships: Jason Coulter - fourth place, 600 meters, 1:19.08 Lee Mays - eighth place, 600 meters, 1:21.00 Ryan Kennedy - fourth place, mile run, 4:20.57 Jim Marcero - seventh place, mile run, 4:25.76 Kyle Baker - first place, 3,000 meters, 8:16.22 Chris Wehrman - seventh place, 3,000 meters, 8:29.81 Kyle Baker - first place, 5,000 meters, 14:23.60 1996 Championships: Ryan Kennedy - fourth place, mile run, 4:13.16 Jim Jurcevich - eighth place, 5,000 meters, 14:48.54 1995 Championships: Damon Heard - sixth place, 55-meter dash, 6.42 Jason Coulter - fifth place, 600 meters, 1:20.27 Last Spartan Big Ten Individual Champions: High Jump: Paul Piwinski, 1983, 7' 1 3/4" Long Jump: Jim Garrett, 1966, 24' 1 1/2" Triple Jump: Tony Gilbert, 1981, 51' 4 1/2" Pole Vault: Ronald Carter, 1967, 15' 0" Shot Put : none Heptathalon: none 55-meter dash: Corey Pryor, 1989, 6.28 55-high hurdles: Tony Gilbert, 1981, 7.40 200-meter dash: Brad Fields, 1995, 21.30 400-meter dash: Dave Lean, 1957, 49.4 * 600-meter dash: Chris Brown, 1992, 1:18.85 + 800-meter dash: John Cook, 1954, 1:54.9 % One mile run: Ken Popejoy, 1972, 4:05.4 3000-meter run: Kyle Baker, 1997, 8:16.22 5000-meter run: Kyle Baker, 1997, 14:23.60 Mile Relay: Wilkins, Scott, Sanders, Tabron; 1983, 3:10.20 + 4x800 Relay: Blumke, Koning, C.Rugh, Glehill; 1992, 7:37.30 + Michigan State Record * 440 yards % 880 yards MSU at the Big Ten Championships Michigan State Team Championships: 1966, 1972 Spartans With Two Big Ten Titles in One Year: 1997: Kyle Baker; 3,000-meters, 5,000-meters 1983: Marcus Sanders; 600-yards, mile relay 1982: Marcus Sanders; 600-yards, mile relay 1981: Tony Gilbert; 55-meter high hurdles, triple jump 1980: Randy Smith; 60-yard dash, mile relay 1974: Marshall Dill; 300-yards, mile relay 1974: Bob Casselman; 600-yards, mile relay 1972: Marshall Dill; 300-yards, mile relay 1972: Bob Casselman; 600-yards, mile relay 1971: Bob Casselman; 600-yards, mile relay 1970: Bill Wehrwein; 600-yards, mile relay 1969: Bill Wehrwein; 600-yards, mile relay 1966: Gene Washington; 70-yard low hurdles, 70-yard high hurdles 1962: Sherman Lewis; 300-yards, long jump 1955: Kevan Gosper; 600-yards, 440-yards Spartans Who Defended Their Big Ten Title (excluding relays): 1982/83: Marcus Sanders; 600-yards 1977/78/79/80: Randy Smith; 60-yard dash 1971/72/73/74: Bill Casselman; 600-yards 1972/73/74: Marshall Dill; 300-yards 1970/71/72: Herb Washington; 60-yard dash 1969/70: Bill Wehrwein; 600-yards 1966/67: Richard Sharkey; two mile run 1965/66: Gene Washington; 70-yard low hurdles 1964/65/66: Jim Garrett; long jump 1963/64: Robert Moreland; 60-yard dash 1962/63: Sherman Lewis; long jump 1955/56: Ed Brabham; 60-yard dash Spartans With the Most Big Ten Titles (both individual and relay): 7, Bill Casselman (1971-74) 5, Bill Wehrwein (1968-70) 5, Randy Smith (1977-80) 5, Marshall Dill (1972-75) 4, Marcus Sanders (1982-83)
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