Baldwin Crowned Heptathlon Champion on Day Two of B1G Indoor Championships

Baldwin Crowned Heptathlon Champion on Day Two of B1G Indoor Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Michigan State track & field wrapped up action at the Big Ten Indoor Championships Saturday at the SPIRE Institute, highlighted by senior Heath Baldwin’s record-setting, first-place performance in the heptathlon and a number of podium finishes. 

Baldwin, scoring 5,973 points, topped his own school record of 5,959 points set on Feb. 11 at the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational earlier this season. Following his personal bests set on Friday in the shot put (15.55m) and high jump (2.15m), he posted the best time in the field in the 60m hurdles (8.01), cleared 4.60m in the pole vault and ran 2:46.65 in the 1000m to add 2,570 points to his Day One total for the win. The win marked his first Big Ten title. 

Sophomore Dylan Terryberry finished eighth in the heptathlon with a personal-best point total of 5,105, surpassing his previous personal best by nearly 300 points. Terryberry set personal bests on all three events during the second day of competition, running 8.77 in the 60m hurdles, clearing 4.10m in the pole vault and running 2:46.05 in the 1000m. 

Beginning the day with the mile finals, graduate student John Petruno finished four in the men’s final with a time of 4:13.97. In the women’s mile, sophomore Olivia Millen finished 10th in 4:51.37. 

Competing in his first Big Ten Championship, freshman Colby Morlock used a personal-best 17.90m throw in the third round to place eighth in the men’s shot put. In the women’s shot put, sophomores Opal Jackson and Valadian Pallett finished 20th and 21st, respectively. 

Also in the men’s field events, MSU’s high jump duo of junior Tylor Leedom and freshman Brady Schultz had an impressive day, both clearing 2.06m for personal bests. Because nine athletes in the field cleared 2.06m, Leedom finished in a tie for sixth place and Schultz placed 10th based on each athlete’s number of misses during the competition. 

The Spartans wrapped up the individual events with the men’s and women’s 3000m races. In the men’s 3000m, junior Andrew Nolan led MSU with a 16th-place finish, running 8:11.07. Senior Joshua Smith a personal best of 8:16.35. 

In the women’s 3000m, sophomore Kate Stewart-Barnett led MSU with a second-place finish in her heat and 15th overall finish in 9:31.10. Fifth year Katie Osika ran a personal best of 9:32.41 to place 17th, and graduate student Grace…

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