Track & Field Readies for Big Ten Indoor Championships

Track & Field Readies for Big Ten Indoor Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Michigan State track & field heads to Geneva, Ohio for the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Indoor Championships on Friday, Feb. 24 through Saturday, Feb. 25 at the SPIRE Institute. 

Action gets underway with the heptathlon on both days, beginning at 10:40 a.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Live results are available at via PT Timing, while B1G+ will provide separate streams for track events and field events on both days. 

MSU enters the championship having broken two school records and posting several top-five marks in the conference during the regular season. At last week’s Alex Wilson Invitational, the Spartan women’s distance medley relay team of Lauren Freeland, Shakira Dancy, Kate Stewart-Barnett and Katie Osika broke the school record with a time of 10:57.60. At the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational on Jan. 27, senior Heath Baldwin broke the school record in the heptathlon with 5959 points. The Spartans’ DMR quartet, as well as Baldwin, will compete this weekend in their respective record-breaking events.  

MSU’s DMR ranks first in the Big Ten this season while Baldwin ranks third in the heptathlon. Baldwin also ranks fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 2.13m.  

Athletes to watch on the men’s side include fifth-year pole vaulter Trevor Stephenson, who posts the best clearance in the conference this season after posting a personal-best 5.55m clearance on Feb. 3 at the Meyo Invitational. Stephenson is a three-time NCAA qualifier in the pole vault and placed 13th in last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships. Stephenson is joined by teammate Michael Davenport, whose 5.27m clearance currently ranks fifth in the conference. 

In the men’s sprints, sophomore Noah Sage is set to run the 400m, where he currently ranks third in the Big Ten with a season-best time of 47.01. Sage will also run the 4×400 relay and run the 400m leg on the men’s distance medley relay. 

In the distance events, 2022 NCAA 1500m All-American John Petruno will run the men’s mile and DMR. Junior Andrew Lane and sophomore CarLee Stimpfel will run the 5000m, where they rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in the conference standings this season.  

The Spartan throwers will have two representatives on the men’s side, with freshman Colby Morlock in the shot put and junior Josh Devries in the…

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