Spartan Sports Updates for mid-May, 2017
May 15th, 2017 by 89 Chemistry

ITEM:  MSU Men’s Golf has teed off in its second consecutive NCAA Regional.   A preview is here, and the leaderboard (which will be occasionally updated) is here:


ITEM:  MSU Track had its best day of the B1G Championships Meet yesterday.   Quoting (with minor editing) from the release:

“Sophomore Justine Kiprotich captured the first gold medal of the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championship by winning the men’s 1,500m.   Kiprotich won his first career Big Ten title with a time of 3:48.72.   He was just shy of his personal best time of 3:42.36 at the Virginia Challenge in April.   The sophomore was a runner-up last season.

“’Justine has turned into one of the best milers in the region, and clearly has a chance to be an NCAA finalist,’  said MSU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Walt Drenth.   ‘To be a Big Ten champion as a sophomore is amazing.   I am seeing a guy really maturing.   He has a good race savvy.   He made a bold move with about 500 or 600 meters to go to get into running position.   When he got to the front with a little over 200 meters to go, he just powered away from the field.'”

…   “Senior Sherod Hardt had a solid showing in his final Big Ten Championship, finishing third in the men’s 5,000m.   Hardt clocked in with a time of 14:25.10.”

…   “’One of the hallmarks of a really good team is to be good at the end of the meet, in the 4×400 and the 5,000, it is a long weekend.   Some kids have doubled and some kids have waited their turn, but you still have to be mentally tough.   I was really pleased with how Sherod battled through the whole race.   He ran a tough race from start to finish,” Drenth said.'”

NCAA First Round participants will be announced on Thursday.


ITEM:  The newest version of Ralph Young Field — upon which MSU Field Hockey plays — is now being prepared.


ITEM:  MSU Softball was the best B1G team left out of the NCAA Tournament field.   It therefore was the B1G’s automatic qualifier for the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championships (analogous to the NIT, but with 48 teams).   The opening rounds are double-elimination in four-team regionals; MSU plays Murray State tomorrow at 5 PM ET and will play at least once on Wednesday.   The Region 3 winner will advance to a six-team Finals that will begin on Sunday.   The story is linked here.


ITEM:  The first and second MSU Rowing Varsity Fours both finished fourth in the B1G Championships yesterday.   The NCAA field will be announced late tomorrow afternoon.


ITEM:  MSU Baseball will play at CMU tomorrow [4:05 PM ET] and begin a series at Michigan on Thursday.   Those three games will conclude MSU’s regular season.


ITEM:  The NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships begin Friday.


Go Green!

Michigan State Crowned Three Big Ten Track & Field Champions Saturday
May 17th, 2015 by Kindle


Fellow senior Antonio James claimed his second Big Ten men’s discus championship

Freshman Katelyn Daniels took home her first championship in the women’s discus.

After two days of competition, the Spartan women are tied for first with 52 points, joined atop the team standings with Minnesota. The MSU men scored 24 points on the day and moved into fourth place with overall with 30 points, trailing Nebraska (44 pts.), Minnesota (38 pts.) and Illinois (35 pts.).  To read the full story click here.

Rowing Championships

Michigan State moved two of its four boats into the grand finals of the Big Ten Rowing Championships with strong performances in the opening heats on Saturday. The Championship will continue on Sunday on Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30 am.

MSU Football

Modern communication is helping committed prospects recruit others as a new twitter account @MSUDreamTeam2016 is now 12 days old.  Joe Rexrode gives us the latest take on social media Spartan style.

Horse Racing–American Pharoah stayed on course for the famed Triple Crown by winning the 140th edition of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Saturday.

Lacrosse–Noon ESPN2 — Lacrosse: NCAA quarterfinal, Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse.  2:30 ESPN2 — Lacrosse: NCAA quarterfinal, Maryland vs. North Carolina.

MLB— Detroit at St. Louis. 8PM ESPN………….Alfredo Simon will start on the mound for Detroit. Lance Lynn will be the Cardinals pitcher charged with slowing Cabrera and the Tiger lineup.   Both right-handers are coming off quality starts.

Saturday Sports Cavalcade
May 16th, 2015 by Kindle

Today’s Sports On TV:

Tigers at St. Louis 2PM FSD

Preakness Stakes at 4:30 PM NBC

The Spartans split their doubleheader with Minnesota yesterday winning the first game 5-4 and losing the second by a sore of 7-5.  They play again at 2:05 PM this afternoon.  Viewing is available on for those who subscribe through their cable or satellite provider.

After the first day of the Big Ten Track & Field Championships

Cynthia Watt wins the hammer throw on day one of competition.

MSU Golf, Tennis and Track News
May 1st, 2013 by Kindle

Caroline Powers has been named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year.

Caroline Powers has been  named the Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Year.  Powers was also named the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the Spartans.  Michigan State earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals for the 15th consecutive season and will play in the NCAA Central Regional at the Jimmie Austin Oklahoma University Golf Course in Norman, Okla., on May 9-11.


          Senior Matthew Moseley was recognized by the conference today with second-team All-Big Ten accolades. 

Senior Matthew Moseley was recognized by the conference today with second-team All-Big Ten accolades.  In addition, senior Dave Ellis was MSU’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.  Moseley was the top Spartan all season, leading the team in eight of the 11 stroke play events. He has posted a 73.94 scoring average so far this season, which leads the team and is currently tied for 14th on the MSU single-season list.

The Spartans celebrating their NCAA Tournament berth.

Team celebration (above) as Men’s Tennis Earns First Trip to NCAA Tournament.   In the 100th year of Michigan State tennis, the Spartans earned the program’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament. MSU earned an at-large bid Tuesday evening and will face Tulsa in the first round on Friday, May 10 in Waco, Texas.

GO Spartans!

Franklin Breaks MSU Triple Jump Record At Drake Relays.  With a new school record from Tori Franklin at the Drake Relays and a day full of seven wins and 14 personal records, Michigan State track & field had a successful day of competition on Saturday. The team was dispersed, with the jumpers and hurdlers at the nationally-renowned Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, while the majority of the team competed at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays.



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