Michigan State Track & Field Sending 25 Entries To NCAA East Preliminary Round
The Spartans travel to Tampa, Florida looking for a top-12 finish.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State men and women’s track & field programs will head to Tampa, Florida for the 2018 NCAA East Preliminary Round May 24-26 at USF Track and Field Stadium. The Spartans have a total of 25 entries in the East Preliminaries.
East Preliminary – Men’s Entries
East Preliminary – Women’s Entries
Michigan State begins action on Thursday, May 24. The top-12 in each event will advance to Eugene, Oregon.
On the women’s side, 14 different athletes will compete in 13 events with senior Katelyn Daniels, competing in both the discus and the shot put. The MSU women have two athletes who qualified in the top 10 led by Daniels who is the second seed in the discus after being the top seed as a freshman. Daniels has been seeded in the top 10 all four seasons in the discus. Sophomore Dillon McClintock is the fifth seed in the women 1,500m. Three of the top five seeds come out of the Big Ten.
Michigan will continue its storied distance tradition with sophomore Jeralyn Poe and junior Erin McDonald competing in the 5,000m. Sophomore phenom Karrigan Smith and senior Bridget Blake will run in the 3,000m steeplechase. Rounding out the distance group is a duo of Spartans running the 10,000m in sophomores Lynsie Gram and Amber Way.
McClintock competed in the 800m last year in the East Prelims, but will now run the 1,500m. Junior Taylor Mullins advances to the East Preliminary Round in the 800m hurdles.
On the field, senior Jade Madison will once again represent MSU in the javelin. Coming off a solid Big Ten Championship, freshman Sophia Franklin will compete in her first prelim in the pole vault, while junior Ellen DiPietro will take part in the high jump for the third time in her career. Joining, Daniels in the shot put competition is freshman Kayli Johnson.
On the men’s side, 11 athletes will participate with junior Justine Kiprotich competing in the 1,500m after finishing second in the Big Ten Championship last week. Kiprotich was the silver medalist in the NCAA Finals last year.
Senior Max Benoit will run the 3,000m steeplechase for the third-straight season. Benoit was the runner up in the event at the B1G Championships and is the fifth overall seed at the prelims. Sophomore Winter Romeyn is the 14th seed on the steeplechase. Senior Clark Ruiz will represent the Green and White in the 10,000m for the third-straight year. Joining Ruiz in the 10,000m is sophomore Jesse Hersha.
Junior Will Agodu will compete in the 110 hurdles for the second-straight year. Sophomore Jonathan Fife will run the 200m in Tampa.
Michigan State will have four representatives in the men’s field events. Freshman Jerimiah Evans, fresh off his third-place finish at the B1G Championships, will compete in the discus. Evans is the overall sixth seed. Fellow freshman Nick Kramer will take part in the hammer throw, while junior Noah Gary will see action in the pole vault. Senior Max Knoblock will throw the javelin in Tampa for the second-straight season.
Redshirt-senior Tim Ehrhardt and sophomore Nick Guerrant have already qualified for Nationals in the decathlon and neither will compete at the East Preliminary Round. Guerrant captured the Big Ten title in the decathlon last week, and Ehrhardt won the B1G Pole vault title.
Last week at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Indiana, the MSU women finished 10th, while the men were eighth.
The preliminary competitions are scheduled for May 24 – 26. The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida will host the East Preliminary and California State University, Sacramento in Sacramento, California will host the West Preliminary. The qualifiers out of these two regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 6-9 in Eugene, Oregon.
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