MSU Track & Field Set To Host The 2018 Spartan Invitational
Spartans compete in only home event of the season April 6-7.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track & field hosts the annual Spartan Invitational on Friday-Saturday, April 6-7 at the Ralph Young Track and Jenison Field House.
"It's exciting to be able to host a home meet," said Michigan State director of track & field, Walt Drenth. "We're looking forward to it. Last year, we had good weather, and there was a really good energy on campus with all the other things going on - baseball, softball and football. I don't know how it will be this year, but last year was fun and most importantly, we're getting a lot of people involved in competition this weekend. For us, it's a chance to get everyone off the mark."
The event begins on Friday, April 6 at 12 p.m. with the pole vault, followed by the hammer throw and triple jump at 1 p.m. On Saturday, April 7, the meet will continue with the high jump and long jump at 10 a.m. The discus and shot put, along with the track events, will begin at 11 a.m. The javelin event is set to kick-off at 12 p.m.
Due to inclement weather, all jumps and the pole vault will be contested inside Jenison Field House. The track events and throws will take place at the Ralph Young Track and Field.
"We have to warm up well," Drenth said of the weather. "We have to be really disciplined as it relates to preparation. We are from Michigan, so we do get some inclement weather, but this is not ideal. It's going to be a sign of our character a little bit, so I'm excited to see how that'll go."
The meet presents an opportunity to involve a larger group of the MSU track & field team, with 20 true freshmen competing for the Green and White, along with 17 redshirt-freshmen.
"We expect the same principles from them that we expect of everybody," Drenth noted. "Follow the plan. Trust what you've learned. Trust the coaches and what we're asking them to do, and be engaged in the competition."
In the team's first event of the outdoor season, the Raleigh Relays, MSU claimed eight event titles and set several personal records at the event.
Redshirt-sophomore Dillon McClintock set a meet record with a 1500m time of 4:13.82, which currently ranks as the third-fastest time in the nation. Continuing a strong performance from the women's side, redshirt-senior Katelyn Daniels finished first in the shot put (16.19m), while junior Ellen DiPietro took first in the high jump (1.78m). MSU also placed first in the women's 4x800m relay and 4x1500m relay.
On the men's side, redshirt-senior Tim Ehrhardt won both the pole vault (5.21m) and long jump (7.38m), and junior Will Agodu claimed the 110m hurdles title with a time of 14.34.
Following the Spartan Invitational, Michigan State track & field will represent the Big Ten at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Louisville Invitational, on April 13-14 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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