Spartan Track & Field Completes Toledo Invite With Four Event Wins
Michigan State track & field completed its final meet before the Big Ten Championships
TOLEDO, Ohio – Michigan State track & field recorded four event wins at the Toledo Invitational at the UT Outdoor Track inside Fetterman Stadium in Toledo, Ohio, on Friday, May 6. Six of the Spartans’ seven participants finished inside the top five of their respective disciplines.
“It was a solid day for us,” said assistant coach Blaine Maag. “We really wanted to give the javelin throwers another opportunity to move their marks. Both are just outside the mark to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary.”
Two of MSU’s victories came in the javelin throw. Sophomore Jade Madison’s career-best effort of 43.75m won the women’s competition. Her previous best came at the Louisville Invite, where Madison also won the event. Sophomore Max Knoblock’s second event title in the past three outings came in the men’s javelin with a throw of 59.87m.
“I would say the main goal today was to give the javelin throwers another chance, but we wanted Katelyn Daniels to have another opportunity to compete,” Maag said. “She had a consistent performance and a nice outing. I was happy with all of our throwers.”
Sophomore Katelyn Daniels notched a mark of 57.85m to win the women’s discus. She paced a field of 18 competitors. On the men’s side, Gjokaj won the discus with a heave of 49.94m. He won the event by more than 3m.
“Vinny was close today,” said Maag. “He had some big marks but wasn’t able to hold the ring. That tells me though that he is ready to go after it. He’ll have a busy weekend next week, as he will be doing all three throws.”
Sophomore Morgan Johnson placed in the top five of the long jump, recording a distance of 5.59m for fourth.
In the 110 hurdles, freshman Will Agodu and sophomore Devin McKinney finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Agodu clocked a 14.69, while McKinney crossed the line in 14.72.
“Consistency is huge leading into the Big Ten Championships,” Maag said. “We are prepped and ready for it, and their mindsets are ready for a championship event.”
Next on the schedule for Michigan State is a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships from May 13-15.