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April 8, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan State track and field teams will host the 2004 Spartan Open on Saturday, April 10 at the Ralph Young Track in East Lansing, Mich. Field events will begin at 10 a.m., while track events are set for a 1 p.m. start.

As the 2004 outdoor season is underway, members of the Michigan State track and field teams have gotten off to a good start.

In the first 2004 outdoor meet weekend, the top finisher for the Spartans was senior Jamie Krzyminski, who automatically qualified for the 2004 outdoor NCAAs at the Stanford Invitational by finishing in second place in the 10,000-meter run with a career best and Michigan State all-time outdoor record time of 32:52.87.

Others qualifying for the NCAA Regionals that weekend at the Raleigh Relays included senior Sarah Pepera, who finished as the winner of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a new personal-best time of 10.24.92, while senior Michelle Carson finished third in the same event with a time of 10:34.35.


Changing Spartan history, senior Sarah Adelaine qualified in three events and set two MSU outdoor records. She placed fourth in the discus with an MSU all-time best throw of 156-7, and broke her own outdoor record in the hammer throw after placing fifth with a toss of 181-0. She also had the second-best toss in Spartan history in the shot put while finishing third (50-0). Senior Sherita Williams finished the triple jump in fifth with a qualifying jump and MSU's second-best leap of 41-1 1/2.

At the Stanford Invitational, senior Steve Manz finished the shot put in 12th place with a qualifying toss of 56-5 1/4, to become the first member of the men's team to qualify for the NCAA Regionals, before taking first place at the Notre Dame Spring Opener with a throw of 60-10 which ranks second on the MSU all-time outdoor list.

While the women's team had the second week off during outdoor season in preparation for the Spartan Open, the men's team competed last weekend at the Notre Dame Spring Opener. Finishing on top for State were freshman James Pancoast, who won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.28, freshman Julien Williams, who took the long jump title with a leap of 7.28m and junior Anthony Freeman, who captured the 400-meter dash title with a time of 49.33.