Michigan State track & field saw two records fall at the Virginia Challenge and conclude competition at the Jesse Owens Classic.
EAST LANSING, Michigan – Sophomore Katelyn Daniels won the invite edition of the women’s discus with the second school record of her weekend, while freshman Asya Reynolds broke the Michigan State track & field record in the heptathlon on the final day of competition at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, April 23.
Daniels, already with one school-record performance this weekend in the shot put, won the discus competition with a heave of 59.07m, beating her previous MSU record from a year ago by .01m. The event-winning, program record mark came on Daniel’s sixth and final attempt. Two of her six throws flew over 58m. Daniels broke her own event record of 56.04m set last season.
Freshman Asya Reynolds set a new Michigan State record in the heptathlon, amassing 5,072 points over the two-day competition. Reynolds mark beat Etienne Chaplin’s record of 5,050 set back in 2006. Her best event on day two came in the 800-meter run. Reynolds placed fourth with a time of 2:22.25 to tally 793 points.
Senior Jaime Salisbury won the invite competition of the men’s pole vault, clearing 5.10m. Salisbury started with two misses, then cleared the next three heights without missing. Sophomore Noah Gary was fourth with a clearance of 5.00m. Gary passed on the first two heights. In the women’s invite flight of the pole vault, senior Lauren Chorny placed second, clearing 4.20m on her first attempt, recording just one miss until reaching 4.30m. Junior Hannah Sailar was eliminated after clearing 3.85m.
In the women’s 5,000 meters, junior Alexis Wiersma paced MSU with a 15:53.58, running to a fourth-place finish. Senior Shelby Jackson also raced into the top 10, coming in seventh with a time of 16:16.40. Former Spartan Leah O’Connor, representing adidas, won the race in 15:38.33.
Senior Caleb Rhynard led a trio of Spartans to top-15 efforts in the men’s 5K. Rhynard raced to a 14:06.18 to take sixth, while junior Clark Ruiz crossed the line in ninth with a 14:08.32. Senior Sherod Hardt clocked a 14:10.51 to finish 11th.
After winning the javelin throw at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge a week ago, sophomore Jade Madison recorded a heave of 41.83m to earn third place. In the men’s edition of the event, sophomore Max Knoblock was seventh with a best of the day of 59.90m.
After ending the first day of competition in second of the decathlon, sophomore Justin Pederson concluded the event in sixth with 6,207 points. Pederson’s best event of the day came in the 110 hurdles, posting 709 points with a time of 16.21. Clearing 4.30m in the pole vault, he tallied 702 more points to his total.
Senior David Washington continued his momentum from a week ago in the 400 hurdles, taking third with a time of 51.53. Sophomore Alec Wiater was 17th with a 54.52.
Freshman Will Agodu just missed a top-10 finish in the men’s 110 hurdles, crossing the line in 14.62 for 11th. Sophomore Devin McKinney ran the event in 15.68. In the women’s 100 hurdles, freshman Maya Roberts earned herself a place inside the top 20, running a 14.15 for 20th.
Senior Janae Hill’s 24.94 in the 200 meters stood or 19th overall and first in her heat. Sophomore Antonio Clarke was second in heat seven of the men’s 200, crossing the line in 21.68 for 21st.
Freshman Autumn Robinson recorded one of her better finishes of the outdoor season, battling to a top-10 finish in the long jump with a jump of 5.86m to take ninth.
Freshman Cody Stemple continued MSU’s success of the track, clearing the first three heights of the high jump competition to take ninth. Stemple’s highest clearance of the day was 2.01m before being knocked off at 2.06m.
Junior Vinny Gjokaj earned third in the men’s shot put. Gjokaj broke the 55-foot barrier with a put of 16.84m. Sophomore Riley Norman was 11th with a distance of 15.36m.
Sophomore Ellen DiPietro finished the women’s invite edition of the high jump in fourth, sailing over the bar at 1.76m. DIPietro was knocked out at 1.81m.
At the Jesse Owens Classic, freshman Sarah Rustmann led the Spartans on the track in Columbus with an eighth-place finish in the women’s 800 meters. Rustmann clocked a 2:11.21 to pace a pair of MSU harriers. Freshman Julia Rustmann followed with a 2:15.08 for a top-30 finish in 29th. Freshman Kael Fineout placed 25th in the men’s 800, crossing the line in 1:56.01.
“Today was pretty good,” said associate head coach Lisa Senakiewich. “We had some good things happen. Shelby Allen had a personal record in the triple jump. Morgan (Johnson) made the finals, and Julia and Sarah both ran competitive 800 races. (Christian) Vosters is starting to get going, as he did a really nice job competing in the 400 hurdles. The whole entire time, he tried to win his heat and that is the mindset that we want. The group as a whole supported one another.”
Freshmen Christian Vosters and Ryan Homick finished inside the top 20 of the men’s 400 hurdles. Vosters rounded out the top 15 with a 55.24, while Homick placed 18th with a time of 55.89.
Off the track, junior Margaret Goettsch notched a mark of 49.39m in the hammer throw on her opening attempt. Freshman Stephanie Pajot’s best of the day came on her second throw, recording a 46.56m.
Freshman Shelby Allen had Michigan State’s best finish of the Jesse Owens Classic, taking third in the triple jump. Allen made the finals with a mark of 11.84m, then closed out the competition with a 12.12m jump on her sixth and final attempt.
Sophomore Morgan Johnson earned seventh-place honors in the women’s long jump. Johnson opened the competition with a leap of 5.47m.
In the women’s high jump, senior Adeline Grier-Welch cleared the opening height of 1.58m before needing three attempts to sail over 1.63m. Grier-Welch was knocked out at 1.68m.
Michigan State splits once again next weekend, with the Drake Relays, Penn Relays and Hillsdale Relays on the schedule. It is the Spartans final weekend of competition before the Big Ten Championships from May 13-15.