MSU Track & Field Sending 21 Entries To NCAA East Preliminary Round
The Spartans travel to Lexington, Kentucky looking for a top-12 finish.
East Preliminary Round - Men’s Entries | East Preliminary Round - Women’s Entries
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men and women’s track & field programs will head to Lexington, Kentucky for the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round May 25-27 at University of Kentucky Outdoor Track and Field Facility. The Spartans have a total of 21 entries in the East Preliminaries.
Michigan State begins action on Thursday, May 26. The top-12 in each event will advance to Eugene, Oregon.
On the women’s side, 11 different athletes will compete in 12 events with junior Katelyn Daniels, competing in both the discus and the shot put. The MSU women have two athletes who qualified in the top 10 led by Daniels who is the seventh seed in the discus after being the top seed as a freshman and the second seed as a sophomore. Daniels has endured an injury-plagued season to reach the preliminary round. Senior Hannah Sailar is the 10th seed in the pole vault. Sailar advances to the NCAA Preliminary Round for the fourth-straight season, while Daniels is making her third-straight appearance.
Senior Alexis Wiersma, freshman Amber Way and sophomores Kelsie Schwartz and Jessica Goethals continue the strong distance tradition at MSU with the quartet competing in the 10,000m. Freshman Jeralyn Poe will be competing in the 5,000m, while fellow freshman Karrigan Smith will run in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Junior Kennedy Beazley will be MSU’s lone representative in the 1,500m, while freshman Dillon McClintock will take on the 800m. Junior Jade Madison will once again represent MSU in the javelin.
On the men’s side, nine athletes will participate with sophomore Justine Kiprotich earning the sixth seed in the 1,500m after capturing the Big Ten title in the event last week. Senior Max Benoit will run the 3,000m steeplechase for the third-straight season. Junior Clark Ruiz will represent the Green and White in the 10,000m for the second-straight season.
Senior David Washington will represent the sprinters in the 400 hurdles for the second-straight season. Sophomore Will Agodu will compete in the 110 hurdles.
Michigan State will have three representatives in the men’s field events. Junior Tim Ehrhardt has already qualified for Nationals in the decathlon. At the East Preliminary Round, Ehrhardt will compete in the long jump, while junior Noah Gary will see action in the pole vault. Sophomore Max Knoblock will throw the javelin in Lexington.
Last week at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Penn State, where the MSU women finished 10th, while the men were 11th.
The preliminary competitions are scheduled for May 25-27. The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky hosts the east region and the west region is at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The qualifiers out of these regions compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 7-10 in Eugene, Oregon.