This Week in Men's Track and Field
MSU's first outdoor competition was last weekend.
March 24, 1998
Head Coach: Darroll Gatson (3rd year)
SID Contact: Russ Ormiston, Mike Dorrington
Upcoming Events: Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, at Florida Relays, Gainsville, Fla.
LAST WEEKS RESULTS: Friday-Saturday, March 20-21, at Clemson Relays, Clemson, S.C. NTS
Clemson Relays Rundown: The Michigan State men's track and field team competed in its first outdoor meet of the season last weekend at the Clemson Relays. There was no team scoring for the event, but the Spartans did have some solid individual performances. Senior sprinter Octavis Long finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.6. In the 5,000-meter, Michigan State junior Chris Wehrman took home the meet title with an impressive victory in 15:08.23. Sophomore Matt LaFave finished third in the 5,000 with a time of 1525.42.
The Spartans also received strong performances in the high jump and discus throw. Freshman Jeff Kus placed second in the high jump with a leap of 2.03m (6'8"), while fellow freshman Mark Ingram finished 12th with a jump of 1.88m (6'2"). In the discus throw, junior Justin Selden placed second with a throw of 49.92m (163-09).
Academic Awards: Senior Kyle Baker and junior Steve Schell and Michigan State's entire men's cross country team earned All-Academic recognition by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association last week. Michigan State was one of 46 teams across the country to have a GPA above 3.00. The 14-man Spartan squad, which placed seventh at the NCAA Championships in the fall, came in at No. 35 with an overall GPA of 3.06.