Spartan Track And Field Trio Selected For NCAA Indoor Championships


Senior Jamie Krzyminski automatically qualified for the 2004 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 5000-meter run this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.
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March 9, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich.- Three individuals from Michigan State's track and field teams will compete this Friday-Saturday, March 12-13, at the 2004 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track in Fayetteville, Ark. The NCAA committee announced today that Michigan State's Jamie Krzyminski, Steve Manz and Steve Sherer will have the opportunity to compete at the championships. Meet time is set for 9 a.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Krzyminski, a three-time Big Ten Champion in the 5000-meter run, is MSU's lone representative from the women's team and the only Spartan this season to automatically qualify for the NCAAs. Krzyminski is seeded fourth in the 5000-meter run after setting an MSU all-time indoor best time of 15:59.41 at the Pac-10 Invitational (Feb. 14) in Seattle, Wash., while finishing in second place. Krzyminski has previously competed at the 2002 outdoor and 2003 indoor and outdoor NCAAs during her career at State. In 2002, she earned All-American honors after placing seventh in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 34:55.66, while in 2003 she obtained outdoor All-American honors after placing fifth in the 10,000-meter run, but only managed to finish 16th in the same event for indoor.

The women's 5000-meter run is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 12 at 7:50 p.m.

Senior Steve Manz will compete at the 2004 NCAA Divison I Indoor Championships this weekend in the shot put.

Manz, a 2003 All-American and senior team captain, has been the top Spartan in the shot put this season. Manz has set the MSU all-time record in the shot put, won seven out of nine shot put titles, while provisionally qualifying two times this season. Manz is seeded 10th in the shot put after his winning toss (62-8 3/4) at the Alex Wilson Invitational, while also breaking an Alex Wilson Invitational meet record and a Notre Dame field house record last weekend. Manz has competed twice before at the NCAAs during his career at Michigan State. Last season, he finished the indoor NCAAs 12th overall with a throw of 61-2 1/4, while posting an outdoor toss of 57-1 1/2, for an 11th-place finish.

The men's shot put is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Spartan Steve Sherer will compete this weekend at the 2004 NCAA Division I Championships in the one-mile and the 3000-meter runs.

Sherer, a 2002 All-American, has been the top distance runner for State in the 2004 indoor season. Sherer provisionally qualified in three events (one-mile, 3000-meter and 5000-meter runs) this season, but will only compete in two at the championships. Sherer is seeded 13th in the one-mile run after placing third overall (4:01.80) at the Alex Wilson Invitational, and is seeded 16th in the 3000-meter run after his showing at the Red Simmons Invitational with a converted time of 7:59.97. Sherer earned All-American honors after competing in the indoor NCAAs in 2002, as a sophomore, when he placed 15th in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:10.48.

The men's preliminary one-mile run is scheduled for Friday, March 12 at 7:05 p.m., while the one-mile finals are Saturday, March 13 at 6:15 p.m. The men's 3000-meter run is also set for Saturday at 7:40 p.m.