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Feb. 25, 1998

SITE: PURDUE UNIVERSITY
FEB. 28 - MAR. 1

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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