Five Spartans Earn Track & Field All-Big Ten Honors
Clarke and Madison named Big Ten Sportsmanship Honorees.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Five different Michigan State athletes earned All-Big Ten Track & Field honors on Tuesday. Redshirt-senior Tim Ehrhardt and sophomore Nick Guerrant were both named to the first team, while redshirt-senior Katelyn Daniels, redshirt-junior Justine Kiprotich and senior Max Benoit earned second-team honors.
Ehrhardt, who hails from Addison, Illinois, captured his first Big Ten Outdoor Championship gold medal in the pole vault. He has won the pole vault gold medal during indoor season in both 2015 and 2017.
With a personal-best of 5.41m, Ehrhardt captured a tight race with Cole Gorski of Ohio State. After securing the win, Ehrhardt went for the MSU record, but was unable to convert at 5.51m. The All-American also holds the MSU record in the decathlon with 8,044 points earlier this season.
Guerrant, a native of Portage, Michigan, captured his first Big Ten title in the grueling decathlon. He finished the event with four personal bests (100m, 110m hurdles, javelin, shot put) to earn the gold medal.
The sophomore’s 7,569 points were the fourth-most in the Big Ten this season. Ehrhardt is the Big Ten leader and Michigan State record holder with 8,044 points at the Virginia Challenge on April 20. Guerrant is MSU’s first Big Ten decathlon champion since Paul Terek in 2002.
Kiprotich, a native of Kentwood, Michigan, was named to the men’s track & field second team. This is his third All-Big Ten honor after being named to the first team in 2017 and second team in 2016.
He captured the silver medal at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship by finishing second in the men’s 1,500m. Kiprotich crossed the finish line with a time of 3:50.53. In three season, he has finished twice second and capturing the title once.
Benoit, who hails from Royal Oak, Michigan, was named second-team All-Big Ten. Benoit earned his best finish in a Big Ten Outdoor Championship, finishing second in the 3,000m steeplechase. He crossed the line with a season-best time of 8:47.10. Last season, Benoit finished seventh in the steeplechase.
Daniels, a native of Lewis Center, Ohio, earned her fourth outdoor women’s All-Big Ten honor, capturing second-team honors this year. The junior earned second-team honors in 2017 and 2016 and first-team in 2015. She also was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2015.
The redshirt-senior once again found success in the discus at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship, finishing second with a throw of 57.75m. The 2015 gold medalist in the discus captured the silver for the third-straight season. She started the Big Ten Outdoor Championship finishing sixth in the shot put with a throw of 15.89m. Last season, the was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 15.92m.
The Big Ten Conference office recognizes students from each team as Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. These students are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female from each institution at the end of the school year.
On the men’s side, redshirt-senior Antonio Clarke was the sportsmanship honoree, while on the women’s side, senior Jade Madison earned the award.