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March 24, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich.- Michigan State's track and field teams will begin the outdoor season in all-day competitions Friday and Saturday, March 26-27. The men's team will be traveling west to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational hosted by Stanford at the Cobb Track and Angell Field, while the women's team will go east to Raleigh, N.C., for the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State at Derr Track. Individual event times are to be announced.

Women's Head Coach Angela Goodman's Thoughts On Upcoming Outdoor Season: "The coaching staff and I are very encouraged by the team's performances during the indoor season. We made a big leap up to sixth place at the Big Ten Championships, and we also had one NCAA Indoor All-American in Jamie Krzyminski. Athletes like Krzyminski, Michelle Carson, Sherita Williams, Sarah Adelaine, Megan and Shannon Radermacher, Taren James, and Cynetheia Rooks were all very instrumental in our indoor success. There are several other athletes on our roster that we are expecting will step up their performances and make a greater contribution to the team for the outdoor season. We truly believe that this team has so much more that it will accomplish during the outdoor season. Our team goals for the season are to finish in the top five at the Big Ten Championships and have at least 15 women qualify for the NCAA regionals with at least 6 advancing on to the national championships. The team is working really hard to accomplish these goals, so now we just pray that everyone remains healthy. The Spartan women's track and field program should be a lot of fun to watch this year."


Men's Head Coach Darroll Gatson's Thoughts On Upcoming Outdoor Season: "I think this upcoming outdoor season still contains a lot of question marks for our team. We did not finish in the Big Ten like we had hoped, but we plan to make improvements for the upcoming outdoor season. Leading our team for the outdoor season will be 2004 NCAA Indoor All-Americans Steve Manz and Steve Sherer along with MSU's top sophomore sprinter Carlos Alexander. Our team will also look to senior Charles Smith, junior Chris Hohn, sophomores Mark Langlois and Brad Gebauer and freshman John Childress to score big for the Spartans in their individual events. We still have some holes in our program in many different areas, but are hoping that the guys we've recruited will fill those gaps and step up for the green and white and compete at the Big Ten level. The youth on our team is still grasping the concept of how to compete at this level, but we are not sure if they are quite there yet. I believe when we get some meets under our belt we will know how this team will react to the outdoor competition.”


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