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Heptathlon Successes Highlight Double Meet Weekend

Heptathlon Successes Highlight Double Meet Weekend


LOUISVILLE, KY. – The MSU Track and Field heptathlon squad, led by graduate student Heath Baldwin’s win, epitomized what was a successful two days in the multis debut, jumps, distance and sprints between the PNC Lenny Lyles Invite and the Michigan Invite.
 

“We have great momentum and energy currently,” Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Lisa Breznau said. “Our plan is to stay consistent with the details, engage with the competition, while also supporting one another and we did a good job of that this weekend.”
 
The Spartans competing in the PNC Lenny Lyles Invite in Louisville set the precedent on Friday, carrying their successes over to the next day as the distance would set several personal best marks of their own in Ann Arbor, Mich. Saturday afternoon.
 
The Return of the Multis
Baldwin cruised to a victory in the first heptathlon competition of the season, racking up 5,899 points and placing in the top four of each sub event, also winning the heptathlon shot put with a Norton Healthcare SLC facility record 15.73m.
 
Graduate Student Ryan Talbot finished third in the heptathlon with a personal best 5,727 points, racking up wins in the pole vault, 60m dash and an additional PR in the 1,000m run.
 
Dylan Terryberry, the junior from Dorr, Mich., would finish eighth behind three event PRs of his own. In the women’s pentathlon, senior Avery Budz would also finish eighth with a runner-up mark in the high jump.
 
Career Days in Distance
Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, Mich. for the third Saturday in a row, the distance squad showed improvement from the 800m to the 3K, setting several personal bests on both the men’s and women’s sides.
 
The men’s 3K was a particular bright spot as six men set personal records, including senior Andrew Nolan who finished second overall at 8:02.79, the 34th fastest time in the nation this season.
 
On the women’s side, senior Shae Harbaugh shined again, winning the 800m with ease behind a personal best 2:07.94. Also landing on the podium was graduate student Lauren Freeland who was second in the mile, just a second off her PB and national No. 14 time at 4:38.31.
 
A Hop, Skip, and Big Jumps
Back in the Bluegrass State, the jumps squad posted solid results of their own. For a third straight week, sophomore Natalie Blake upped her personal best mark in the pole vault, this time…

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