The world has been going through a lot of changes over the past year, and the challenges of dealing with COVID-19 and the unexpected also impacted the Michigan State Cross Country and Track & Field programs. The biggest change hit closest to home: longtime Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Walt Drenth decided to retire in the fall, leaving the programs in the hands of his former athlete-now-coach. Lisa (Senakiewich) Breznau, a former two-time All-America Spartan distance runner, was chosen to carry on Drenth’s legacy as the Interim Director of Track & Field/Cross Country for the 2020-21 season.
Jerimiah Evans captures two titles over the weekend to lead the Spartan throwers at the Fighting Illini Big Ten Relays, April 23-24 at Demirjian Park in Champaign, Illinois.
Spartan track & field will have their throwers on display at the Fighting Illini Big Ten Relays, April 23-24 at Demirjian Park in Champaign, Illinois. “We are sending a smaller group to compete this weekend. With our sequence and planning it made sense for our team to focus on training and recovery this week. I am excited for the opportunity for those who are competing, especially at our Big Ten Championships venue,” Interim Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Lisa Breznau said.
Michigan State senior track & field athlete Morgan Beadlescomb was named Big Ten Outdoor Men’s Track Athlete of the Week. Beadlescomb, a native of Algonac, Michigan, earned her first-ever Big Ten track honor after winning the 5000m at the Big Ten Indiana Invite #3 on April 16. In the highly competitive race, Beadlescomb broke his own school record and shattered the track record, winning with a time of 13:40.44. The previous track record was set by UCLA’s Meb Keflezighi in 1997 with a time of 13:44.17. Beadlescomb’s previous school record was 13:47.44 at the Raleigh Relays in 2019.
On the final day of action at the B1G Husker Invitational in Prairie View, Texas, pole vaulters Sophia Franklin and Trevor Stephenson both captured first-place honors. The two-day meet was hosted by the University of Nebraska at Prairie View A&M University.
On what proved to be a stellar night for the Spartan distance runners, senior Morgan Beadlescomb broke the school record in the 5000m at the Big Ten Indiana Invite #3, Friday at the Billy Hayes Track & Field Complex on Friday.
Michigan State track & field will split squads this week with part of the team heading to Bloomington for the B1G Indiana Invite #3, while the rest of the team will compete at the Husker B1G Invitational in Prairie View, Texas. The Indiana meet will take place on Friday, April16, while the Texas meet takes place over two days, April 16-17.
Despite several weather delays, the Spartan track & field team had a strong showing, led by the sprinting squad at the B1G Indiana Invite #2, hosted by Indiana University at the Billy Hayes Track & Field Complex on Friday.
Michigan State track & field completed action B1G North Florida Invitational, Saturday in the Big Ten-only meet in Jacksonville, Florida. The Spartan field events took center stage with some of the days’ best performances.
On the first day of action at the B1G North Florida Invitational, the Michigan State track & field saw many bright spots in the Big Ten-only meet in Jacksonville, Florida.
Michigan State track & field started the outdoor season with bang at the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 1 in Bloomington, Indiana at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
Michigan State track & field opens up the outdoor season at the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 1 in Bloomington, Indiana March 26-27 at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
After the completion of both the NCAA Cross Country and NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Michigan State men’s and women’s programs are both in the top 10 in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Program of the Year standings.
Michigan State’s women’s cross country team battled to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships Monday at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
After completing action at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, Michigan State shifts its focus to the Cross Country National Championships on Monday, March 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the OSU Cross Country Course.
Source: Michigan State Athletics
One year after the NCAA Track & Field Championships were canceled, three Spartans garnered All-American honors in the first two days of the meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Three Michigan State track & field athletes will be competing in the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Thursday-Saturday, March 11-13, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Juniors Rebecca Mammel (weight throw) and Jenna Magness (5000m) will represent the women’s team, while senior Morgan Beadlescomb (5000m) will compete on the men’s side.
For the first time since 2017, both Michigan State men and women’s cross country teams have qualified for the NCAA Championships, held on March 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Michigan State junior Jenna Magness was named USTFCCCA Great Lake Region Track Athlete of the Year on Thursday. She is the first Spartan to win the honor since Leah O’Connor captured the title in 2015. O’Connor also was honored during the 2013 season. Tori Franklin and former Spartan thrower Beth Rohl earned the Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year award in 2013 and 2011, respectively.
Behind several strong running performances, the Spartan women led the way on day two of the Big Ten Indoor Championships Friday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.