March 1, 2006
Complete All-Big Ten Team
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PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Two members of the Michigan State men's track and field team were honored by the Big Ten following last weekend's conference indoor championships, hosted by the University of Iowa. Senior Brad Gebauer successfully defended his title as pole vault champion, scaling 18'0.5" and besting his mark from a year ago by nearly a foot. Sophomore walk-on Bobby Sherman capped a terrific indoor season with second-team All-Big Ten honors in the 800 meters.
Gebauer easily defeated Illinois' Eric DiSilvestro, whose jump of 16'10.75" was more than a foot off the pace. In capturing the conference title the senior, a Bad Axe, Mich., native, automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Gebauer has posted the top-five Michigan State pole vaults this season, capturing first-place honors on two occasions and finishing no lower than third during the 2006 indoor campaign.
Sherman, known more for his prowess in the longer distances, surprised the field in Iowa City, posting a 1:51.81 to place second in the 800-meter final. The junior, from Grande Ledge, Mich., finished only a half-second off the pace set by Minnesota's Trent Ritter. Sherman, who also trains with the Spartan cross country team, competed at Lansing Community College before walking on at Michigan State last fall.
Select Spartan athletes will compete March 3 and 4, at the Alex Wilson Invitational, in one final attempt to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The 2006 Championships will be held on the campus of the University of Arkansas, on March 10 and 11.