ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Behind a record-breaking performance, Michigan State track & field senior Heath Baldwin finished seventh in the heptathlon with 6,000 points Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
For the third time this season he broke the school record, most recently after scoring 5,959 points to capture the Big Ten title on Feb. 25.
“Heath and Trevor were phenomenal this weekend. They stayed calm and confident; They both maximized their experience at the NCAA championships,” MSU Director Cross Country and Track & Field Lisa Breznau said. “It’s a huge step in their progress. I’m excited for their future during the outdoor season. Coach (Ceith) Creekmur is a skilled coach and has developed and mentored Heath and Trevor. I’m proud of him and what he’s done for MSU track and field.”
After the first day, Baldwin was in fifth place with 3,416 points. He started the second day of action finishing fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.05 to gather 969 points. He was just shy of his personal best of 8.00 set at the Windy City Invite in February.
In the pole vault, he finished 10th with a best vault of 4.56m to earn 778 points. Baldwin saved the best for the final event of the competition. In the 1000m, he set a new personal best with a time of 2:43.31 to capture 837 points.
Baldwin’s seventh-place finish was the Spartans’ best since Nick Guerrant finished third in 2019. Overall, he is the fourth MSU athlete to garner All-American honors in the heptathlon. Guerrant was a two-time All-American (2019, First-Team; 2018, Second-Team), along with Tim Ehrhardt (2015, First-Team) and Kurt Schneider (2014, Second-Team).
Georgia’s Kyle Garland took the NCAA title with a collegiate record 6,639 points, while Ayden Owens-Delerme of Arkansas was the runner-up at 6,518 points.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Heath and Trevor and the way they performed this weekend,” MSU Combined Events Ceith Creekmur said. “Trevor stayed composed for competing at a meet of this magnitude and had some clutch jumps at big moments in the meet. To come away fourth, jumping 5.66m is a testament to all the work he’s put in over his career. Heath did a great job of focusing on one event at a time and just competing with the other men in the meet. To break 6,000 points is an incredible…
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