Track and Field Heads to EKU for Springtime Invitational



MOREHEAD, Ky. – The Morehead State outdoor track & field teams will be back in action on Friday in the first of two meets this season at Eastern Kentucky University, the EKU Springtime Invitational.  The competition will take place on the Tom Samuels Track in Richmond, Ky. The first event starts at noon.

MSU coach Clay Dixon has entered 34 Eagles to participate in 13 disciplines. Kentucky and Lindsey Wilson are slated to join Morehead State and host EKU to make up the field. The is not expected to be scored.

“(It) should be a fun . It’s a small number of teams and we look to build on the momentum from last week,” he said. “There might be a little rain but (temperatures) should be in the 60s, so it should give us a chance to have some good performances.”

Included in MSU’s lineup will be the second men’s relay to this season and the first time a 4×400-meter foursome will compete.

Dixon has no plan or objective for the group. In fact, he will determine the lineup on the spot.

“It’s just a workout,” he said. “We expect no time goals, just to get those people some extra work in.”

According to available information, this will be the first time MSU will compete in two meets in the same outdoor track season at Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels annually host the Rick Erdmann Twilight in April, but this is the first time this will be held. It also will serve as EKU’s season opener.

The men’s , shot put and javelin will open the meet at noon. On the track, the men’s 1,500-meter will take place at the same time.

Freshman Brady Baker, senior Toby Cook, fifth-year Jarrett Forrest, senior Austin Montgomery, senior Kyler Stewart, freshman Keghan Thompson and redshirt junior Jacob Vogelpohl will represent the Blue and Gold in the 1,500m race. Cook is the lone individual who competed in the event at the 49er Classic this past weekend. He crossed the line in 36th in 4:03.60 to pace the team.

The women will follow at 12:15 p.m., with freshman Taylor Allen, junior Megan Bush, sophomore Kaylyn Holman, redshirt junior Jennifer Ramirez and senior Laikin Tarlton are the Eagle competitors. Last weekend, Allen was 52nd in 4:56.37, while Holman was 79th in 5:06.85.

Two events get started at 12:45 p.m., the women’s and men’s 400-meter dash. Both of MSU’s entrants notched season bests last weekend in Charlotte. Freshman Ginger Hayden will compete in the . She leapt 5.15m (16’10.75″) to place 13th. Redshirt junior Micah Gray is in the 400m. He was 72nd in 54.45 a week ago.

The women’s 400m will start at 12:50 p.m. Freshman Cheyenne Stark will in it for the second straight week. She was 66th in 1:08.33 this past Friday.

Freshmen Derril Carr and Cade Sullivan are slated to run the 100-meter dash. It will begin at 1 p.m. In the season opener, Carr was 59th in 11.55, with Sullivan 64th in 11.73.

At 1:30 p.m., the starting gun for the men’s 800-meter run will go off. Forrest, junior Sam Lucas, freshman Asher Jack and freshman Garrett West will toe the line for the Blue and Gold. Only Lucas ran the event last week. He was 58th in 2:03.83. Forrest will be the only non-sprinter, jumper or relay-team member to compete in more than one event.

The women’s 800m is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. and will include sophomore Natallie Curry, sophomore Hope Harris, junior Lucy Singleton and freshman Emily Spradlin. Singleton led the team at the 49er Classic, placing 13th in 2:18.49, while Harris was 60th in 2:49.84 and Curry 62nd in 2:51.81.

Carr and Sullivan will return to run the 200-meter dash at 2 p.m. Carr finished 68th in 23.28, with Sullivan in 78th in 23.99 this past weekend.

The 3,000-meter run will be the final individual event on the track. It is slated for 2:20 p.m. (men) and 2:35 p.m. (women), respectively. Senior Justin Bland, freshman Noah Bunting, senior Peyton Fairchild, freshman Armando Montes, senior Alex Murray and freshman Aidan Whitsell will represent the Eagle men. Bunting paced the Blue and Gold last Saturday by finishing 24th in 9:28.06. Murray followed in 25th in 9:31.67, with Whitsell 31st in 9:47.04.

The women’s race will feature freshman Lani Baskett, junior Cloe Copas, sophomore Casey Skaggs and sophomore Abby Taylor. At Charlotte, Baskett was 20th in 12:15.51, with Skaggs 23rd in 12:57.82.

Hayden will compete in her second event, the triple jump at 2:30 p.m. She posted a mark of 10.58m/34’08.50″ to claim 14th on Saturday.

The men’s 4x400m relay will include Carr, Gray, Lucas and Sullivan and begin at 2:50 p.m.

There will be no results available online.

MSU’s next meet is the Jim Vargo Bellarmine Invitational on Friday, April 5.



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