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Feb. 26, 1998

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
MSU's JENISON FIELD HOUSE
FEB. 28 - MAR. 1

SPARTAN NEWS AND NOTES

BIG TENS DEBUT AT JENISON: The Big Ten Championships come to East Lansing, Mich., for the first time since its inception in 1982. MSU becomes the eighth school to host the Championships, as Minnesota and Penn State are the only current Big Ten track and field programs to not have the Big Tens at their home track.

EYEING THE WINNER'S CIRCLE: Michigan State is one of six current Big Ten schools who have never won an indoor conference title, as the Championships have been dominated in the past 16 years by Wisconsin (seven titles), Illinois (five), Indiana (two) and Michigan (two). The Spartans' top finish came back in the Championships' opening year in 1982, as MSU finished second, 17 points behind the Badgers.

MEMORIES: Former Spartan Sevatheda Fynes made her presence felt during last season's Big Ten Championships, held in Champaign, Ill. The Bahamas native took control in the sprints, seizing both the 55-meter (6.74) and 200-meter (23.65) crowns. Michigan State finished seventh in the team standings, racking up 50 points. Wisconsin came away from Champaign with the crown, snapping a two-year streak by the Illini, as the Badgers rolled to the team title with 119 points. Wisconsin runner Kathy Butler was named Athlete of the Championship.

BYRD ON A ROLL: Spartan senior Lawanda Byrd enters the Championships on a bit of a hot streak after setting her career best in the 55-meter hurdles at 7.93 seconds in her victory at the EMU Classic in Ypsilani, Mich., on Feb. 20. She also is the top returning place-winner from last year's Big Tens, as she finished fourth in the 55-hurdles in a time of 8.03 seconds. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native has the fastest MSU times in the 55 dash (7.29) and 55 hurdles (7.93) this season.

GRADUATION HURTS: The Spartans lost three All-Americans to graduation last season, as Fynes, Chandra Burns, and current student assistant coach Stephanie Dueringer accounted for six top-six finishes, including Fynes' two titles. It marked the first time in program history that the Spartans had three All-Americans in individual indoor events.

THE GREEN WAVE: The Michigan State distance core has proved to be a tremendous asset to the Spartan cause, as its depth has peppered the leaderboards of races. Led by Karlene Kurtz, Karyn Duba, Leah Nilsson and Jen Denkins, the squad has combined to overcome the loss of the graduated Dueringer.

BADGER STARS: Wisconsin runners have been named Athlete of the Championship 7.5 times in the 10 years it has been awarded (There was a tie in the 1991 voting).

1998 SPARTAN INDOOR SEASON
Jan. 17    MICHIGAN STATE INVIT., no team scores
Jan. 24    Red Simmons Invit., Ann Arbor, no team scores
Jan. 31    Michigan Intercollegiates, Ann Arbor, 4th/6, 54 pts. 
Feb. 7     vs. CENTRAL MICHIGAN, L 81-77
Feb. 13    Ball State Open, Muncie, Ind., no team scores
Feb. 13-14 Cannon Classic, Indianapolis, Ind., no team scores
Feb. 20    EMU Classic, Ypsilanti, no team scores
Feb.28-M.1 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mar. 7     Silverstone Invitational, Ann Arbor
Mar. 13-14 NCAA Championships, Indianapolis, Ind.

TOP SPARTAN INDOOR MARKS DURING 1998
(NCAA Automatic/Provisional Qualifying Marks)

55 Meters          Lawanda Byrd         7.29   2/7/98
(6.83/6.92)        Lisa Holmes          7.45   2/13/98
55 Hurdles         Lawanda Byrd         7.93   2/20/98
(7.70/7.84)        Kim David           10.24   2/7/98
200 Meters         Shermaine McKenzie  25.19   2/20/98
(23.78/24.25)      Lawanda Byrd        25.72   2/7/98
400 Meters         Shermaine McKenzie  57.69   2/7/98
(53.40/55.20)      Lisa Holmes         59.88   2/20/98
600 Meters         Nicole McMillan   1:42.01   1/24/98
(Non-NCAA event)   Kim David         1:43.63   1/24/98
800 Meters         Karlene Kurtz     2:15.93   2/20/98
(2:07.50/2:10.50)  Karyn Duba        2:17.68   2/20/98
Mile               Karlene Kurtz     4:58.99   2/14/98
(4:42.50/4:51.00)  Karyn Duba        4:59.73   2/14/98
3,000 Meters       Leah Nilsson      9:59.19   2/14/98
(9:24.00/9:47.00)  Jen Denkins      10:08.82   2/14/98
5,000 Meters       Jen Denkins      17:39.34   1/31/98   
(16:20.00/16:58.00)Leah Nilsson     17:59.94   1/31/98
1,600 Relay                          4:01.84   1/24/98
(3:37.75/3:43.50)                    4:07.30   2/7/98
Distance Medley                     12:22.66   1/24/98
(11:20.00/11:38.00)                 12:22.69   1/31/98
High Jump          Katie Meyer       5-3 3/4   1/17/98
(6-1 1/4// 5-9 3/4)Jessica Price     5-0 1/4   2/20/98
Long Jump          Beth Stover      16-3 1/4   2/20/98
(20-9 3/4//19-10 1/4)Jeannette Martus 15-11 1/2 1/17/98
Triple Jump        Heidi Jackson        34-5   1/24/98   
(43-1 3/4// 41-4 1/4)Beth Stover        33-8   1/31/98
Pole Vault         Katie Meyer       9-5 3/4   2/20/98
(13-5 1/4//11-1 3/4)Jeannette Martus 9-5 3/4   2/20/98
Shot Put           Joann Brown      41-2 1/4   2/20/98
(52-10/47-9)       Laren Molinari   28-5 1/2   2/7/98
20-lb. Weight      Joann Brown     41-05 3/4   1/17/98
(63-0/54-9 1/2)    Laren Molinari   24-0 3/4   2/7/98

MSU Track & Field Information
Location: East Lansing, MI
Enrollment: 41,545
Founded: 1855
President: Peter McPherson
Athletic Director: Merritt Norvell
Head Track Coach: Kris Grimes (2nd Year)
Office Phone: (517) 353-9299
Assistant Coaches: Karen Lutzke, Claude Romain and Stephanie Dueringer
Track SIDs: Jennifer Heers, Russell Ormiston and Michael Dorrington

1997 BIG TEN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(at Champaign, Ill.)
   Team   Pts.
1. Wisconsin    119
2. Michigan      82
3. Ohio State    79
4. Illinois      66
5. Penn State    63
6. Minnesota     52
7. Michigan St   50
8. Purdue        49
9. Indiana       31
9. Iowa          31

Athlete of the Championship
Kathy Butler, Wisconsin

MSU @ THE BIG TEN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
1982 - 2nd, 96 pts.
1983 - 4th, 60 pts.
1984 - 4th, 64 pts.
1985 - 7th, 25.5 pts.
1986 - 3rd, 71 pts.
1987 - 7th, 42 pts.
1988 - 10th, 6 pts.
1989 - 8th, 25 pts.
1990 - 4th, 46 pts.
1991 - 5th, 54 pts.
1992 - 3rd, 70 pts.
1993 - 9th, 18 pts.
1994 - 8th, 21 pts.
1995 - T-7th, 28 pts.
1996 - 6th, 35 pts.
1997 - 7th, 50 pts.

ALL-BIG TEN SPARTANS
1984 - Vivian Fisher
1984 - Marcelle Kendall
1985 - Odessa Smalls
1986 - Joanna Childress
1986 - Debbie Hartline
1986 - Odessa Smalls
1987 - Odessa Smalls
1991 - Tracy Ames
1991 - Christine Duverge
1992 - Michelle Brown
1992 - Christine Duverge
1992 - Shirley Evans
1992 - Susan Francis
1994 - Susan Francis
1996 - Chandra Burns
1997 - Sevatheda Fynes
1997 - Chandra Burns