Spartan Duo Prepares For NCAA Indoor Championships
Tim Ehrhardt and Nick Guerrant represent MSU in College Station, Texas.
NCAA Championships Central
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Redshirt-senior Tim Ehrhardt and sophomore Nick Guerrant will represent the Michigan State track & field team at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships from March 9-10 on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
“For our program, we have the expectation of having student-athletes at the National Championship both indoor, outdoor and cross country,” Director of track & field, Walt Drenth, said. “They’ve done an outstanding job as competitors and athletes to get to the top of their event. We’re proud of them. We’re expecting good things from them. They both have a chance to do some pretty special things while they’re there. Tim was fourth last year and he’s seeded as one of the top pole vaulters. Nick is seeded in the top eight in the multi event. They’ve done their work and the things that we’ve asked them to do.”
Competition will begin on Friday at 1 p.m. ET with the men’s heptathlon 60m and continue on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET with the men’s heptathlon 60m hurdles, held at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The men’s pole vault is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday.
Ehrhardt qualified for the NCAA Championships by setting a new school record in pole vault at the Akron Invitational on Feb. 3, clearing a 5.60m (18'4.25"). The vault ranks fifth in the nation following the completion of the indoor regular season and first out of all Big Ten Conference vaulters. Ehrhardt will make his third appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, following a fourth-place finish (5.50m, 18-0.5) at last season's event to earn First-Team All-America honors.
“The Big Tens are so competitive. I think for Tim, it had to be a huge learning experience from the standpoint of no heighting and having a chance to get his bearings,” Drenth said. “The national championship is such a different event in the pole vault because they start at higher heights and that’s probably easier for a really good pole vaulter to start at higher height, and they come in with fewer athletes so the process unfolds a little bit quicker and that will be to Tim’s advantage.”
Guerrant punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships when he broke the MSU's heptathlon record with a score of 5,758 points, claiming a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and earning a spot on the All-Big Ten team. Guerrant broke his personal record in the 60m hurdles (8.52) and the 1,000m (2:44.74), while tying his PR in the 60m (7.03) and pole vault (4.65m.) Guerrant qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in his Spartan career, and owns the eighth-best heptathlon score in the nation.
“For Nick, surrounding himself with international level guys at the Big Ten Championships, I think the Big Ten has probably four or five representatives in that field of 16 for the multi event, and that’s familiarity,” Drenth said. “He’ll go to the national championships and rub shoulders with guys he was competing with two weeks ago. That familiarity usually creates a little bit more of a relaxed competitive environment.”
ESPN3 will stream the meet live starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on March 9 and starting at 5 p.m. ET on March 10. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 11 on ESPN2.