Track And Field Action Limited By Inclement Weather
March 27, 2005
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Many members of the Michigan State men's and women's track and field teams were unable to compete in their respective outdoor-season openers at the 62nd annual Coca-Cola Florida Relays on Saturday, March 26, as heavy rain and severe storms led first to a start-time delay, then to the ultimate cancellation of events.
A limited number of events ran as planned before the meet's cancellation. In women's competition, sophomore Cynetheia Rooks took third place in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 54.85.
Spartan sophomore Erica Bailey captured sixth place in the hammer throw, registering a 42.25-meter performance.
In the men's long jump, senior Julien Williams tied for first place with South Carolina's Greig Cryer, as both posted NCAA provisional-qualifying 7.57-meter performances. On the opposite coast, Spartans thrived at the Stanford Invitational. Katie Kelly and Michelle Rafferty both ran the 10,000-meter run, and both had NCAA provisional qualifying times and smashed their personal bests by nearly two minutes. Kelly had a time of 34:17, which is just seven seconds shy of the NCAA automatic qualifying time, and Rafferty finished in 34:48. Also at Stanford, Michelle Carson ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:48.49, good for 14th place.
Next, the women's track and field team hosts the MSU Invitational on April 9. Before that, the Spartan men head to Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Relays on April 2.
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