ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan State track & field continued the indoor season at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational at the U-M Indoor Track Building Saturday in Ann Arbor, posting three event wins and a number of personal bests.
The Spartans took the top spots in both women’s throwing events, with sophomore Opal Jackson winning the shot put with a mark of 15.83m. Sophomore Valadian Pallett won the weight throw with a 18.65m toss, while sophomore Janan Khalil placed third with a mark of 16.33m.
Freshman Colby Morlock placed third in the men’s shot put with a throw of 17.39m. In the weight throw, junior Joshua Devries placed fourth with a personal-best mark of 18.16m, while Morlock placed fifth with a personal best throw of 17.78m. Sophomore Brendan Vander Meer also set a personal best with a 17.53m toss.
Senior Amani Nuels earned a runner-up finish in the women’s 60m after qualifying in first with a personal-best time of 7.44. She narrowly missed another personal best in the finals, running 7.45. Junior Kaia Scheffler set a personal best of 8.57 in the 60m hurdles prelims, finishing fifth in the final. In the long sprints, graduate student Shakira Dancy finished fourth in the 200m (24.75) and junior Lexy Alston placed fifth in the 400m (58.54).
On the men’s side, senior Antonio Postell earned runner-up honors in the 60m with a time of 6.82. Senior Heath Baldwin (8.24), freshman Regan Lawrence (8.65) and sophomore Dylan Terryberry (9.54) qualified for the finals in the 60m hurdles but elected to not compete.
The Spartans posted two sub-50 performances in the men’s 400m, with sophomore Noah Sage finishing second (48.08) and senior Kendel Hammock (49.35) in fifth. Freshman Jalen Jackson finished eighth in 53.05.
MSU’s 4×400 relay of Sage, Postell, Hammock and Jackson placed third with a time of 3:18.69.
Junior Shae Harbaugh made her season debut in the women’s 600m, finishing fourth with a time of 1:35.08. The Spartans recorded two top-10 finishes in the 800m, with sophomore Katelyn Stewart-Barnett placing third (2:11.45) and junior Abbey Carvey placed seventh in 2:14.80. MSU also posted four sub-5 finishes in the mile, led by senior Lauren Freeland in seventh (4:49.88). Senior Judith Rector followed in ninth, running 4:58.54, while senior Alison Ziehl ran 4:59.10 and sophomore Olivia Millen…