Baldwin, Stephenson Punch Tickets to NCAA Indoor Championships

Baldwin, Stephenson Punch Tickets to NCAA Indoor Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan State track & field’s Heath Baldwin and Trevor Stephenson have qualified for the 2023 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, as announced by the national office Tuesday evening. 

The NCAA Championships are set for March 10 and 11 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Baldwin, who won his first Big Ten title and broke the school record for the second time this season at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend in the heptathlon, qualifies for his first indoor championship. His heptathlon point total of 5,973 ranks eighth in the 16-athlete field. 

Baldwin’s qualification marks his third overall to the national championships. He previously qualified for the 2021 and 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the decathlon, finishing 11th and 13th, respectively, to earn Second-Team All-America honors on both occasions.  

The Kalamazoo, Michigan native previously broke the school record in the heptathlon at the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational on Jan. 28 with 5,959 points before breaking it for the second time at the conference championship. He has set personal bests in the 60m, 60m hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault and shot put this season. 

Stephenson qualifies for his second NCAA Indoor Championship and fourth overall in the pole vault. He set a personal best at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 3 with a clearance of 5.55m, which ranks ninth in the 16-athlete field. 

The Caledonia, Michigan native placed second at the Big Ten Championships in the pole vault, a career-best finish at a conference championship. He won four pole vault tiles during the regular season. 

Stephenson competed in last year’s NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, finishing 10th outdoors and 13th indoors for Second-Team All-America honors. His first national championship appearance came at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2021, where he earned his first All-America honor with a 13th-place finish. 

Baldwin will kick off heptathlon competition at noon ET/10 a.m. MT on Friday, March 10 and Stephenson will compete in the evening at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT. Baldwin will wrap up the heptathlon on Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. Both days of the championships will stream on ESPN+. 

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