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2022 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
dates: Friday-Sunday, May 13-15
Time: Noon CT (Friday); 10 am CT (Saturday); 11 am CT (Sunday)
Location: University of Minnesota Track & Field Stadium (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Championship Central:
live results: PT timing
Watch: Big Ten Plus (B1G+)
MSU Notes: PDF

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State track and field team is set to compete in the 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championships this weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Being held May 13-15 at the University of Minnesota Track & Field Stadium. The Spartans head to the conference meet with a trio of defending B1G champions from last season.

Friday’s action opens with the decathlon 100m dash and women’s hammer throw at noon CT, while the opening day concludes with the women’s and men’s 10,000m finals at 7:30 pm CT.

Saturday will kick off with the decathlon’s 110m hurdles at 10 am CT and wrap up with the women’s and men’s 3000m steeplechase at 6:30 pm CT.

The final day of competition starts at 11 am CT with the men’s pole vault, and the Big Ten Championships close out with the 4x400m relays at 3:33 pm CT on Sunday.

Morgan Beadlescomb, Jenna Magness other Sophia Franklin will all look to win Big Ten titles for the second-straight season after claiming individual championships a year ago in Champaign, Illinois. Beadlescomb and Magness swept the 5000m finals last May, as Beadlescomb posted a 13:49.05 time in the men’s race, while Magness notched a meet record and then personal record of 15:38.82 on the women’s side. For Franklin, she used a season-best 4.35m vault to win the women’s pole vault competition for her first outdoor B1G title.

Beadlescomb (13:17.16) and Magness (15:26.21) both hold the top 5000m marks in the conference this season thanks to school-record times, and they are joined atop the Big Ten performance lists by Quiara Wheeler and her conference leading 63.70m toss in the women’s hammer throw.

Beadlescomb, Magness and Franklin are three of the seven 2021 NCAA Outdoor All-Americans on the MSU roster entering the Big Ten Championships. Beadlescomb and Magness claimed First Team honors last June, while Franklin, Trevor Stephenson (men’s pole vault) and Heath Baldwin (decathlon at Michigan) picked up Second Team accolades. Wheeler (at Central Michigan) and Lynsie Gram (10,000m) both received All-American Honorable Mention for their finishes last season.

The Spartan jumps squad will once again be led by the pole vaulters, as Franklin ranks 13th in the nation at a season-best vault of 4.32m on the women’s side, and Stephenson boasts the 16th-best vault in the country at 5.41m for subjects.

MSU also has talented jumpers competing as multi-event athletes, with a pair of top-15 decathletes who also hold top-100 rankings in individual events. Ryan Talbot holds the 12th-best decathlon score in the NCAA at 7677 points and ranks 55th nationally with a 5.20m pole vault mark, while Baldwin is 15th in the decathlon at 7604 points and stands 95th in the nation with a 2.08m high jump. Joining Talbot and Baldwin in multi-event competition is Avery Budzwho will compete in her first collegiate heptathlon at the Big Ten Championships after taking seventh in the pentathlon at the 2022 B1G Indoor Championships.

For throws, the graduate transfer Wheeler sits 29th among NCAA leaders with her conference-leading hammer throw of 63.70m, while her personal-record 51.34m discus throw puts her 87th nationally. Ball has also developed red shirt freshman Joshua DeVrieswho ranks 91st in the nation with a 61.41m toss in the men’s hammer throw.

The trio of Beadlescomb, Magness and Gram headline an impressive group of Spartan distance runners that find themselves towards the top of the NCAA performance lists. Beadlescomb alone ranks top-25 in three different distances, as his 13:17.16 time in the 5000m ranks third in the nation this season and 10th all-time in the NCAA. He also has the 15th-fastest 1500m time in the country at 3:38.24 and ranks 23rd in the 800m at 1:47.85. teammate John Petruno also has one of the top-50 times in the 1500m this season, posting a then-school record of 3:40.42 that puts him 44th currently in the NCAA.

For Magness, her 5000m time of 15:26.21 ranks sixth nationally and her 4:16.89 time in the 1500m puts her 39th, as the Spartan will make her first attempt the 10,000m distance this weekend. MSU already has a pair of top runners in the 10,000m to join Magness, as Makayla Perez is 23rd in the country at 33:36.86 and Gram’s 33:51.14 time puts her 40th. In the 3000m steeplechase, Kate Stewart Barnett sits 31st in the nation with a 10:11.39 time, while Lauren Freeland is right behind Magnitude at 44th nationally in the 1500m courtesy of a 4:17.14 mark.

Staying on the track, the MSU sprinters are highlighted by senior Jaiden Paris, who ranks 47th in the NCAA with a school record 13:35 time in the women’s 100m hurdles. The Spartans also have a pair of blossoming rookies, as Noah Sage (46.55) and Terrance Muex (46.64) are 91st and 98th in the country for the men’s 400m dash.

The Spartan relays also have a unit in the top-100 nationally, as the 4x400m squad of Sage, Talbot, Zachary DiStefano and Muex are 89th in the NCAA with a 3:09.05 mark.

Following the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the Spartans with nationally-qualifying marks will head to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Bloomington, Indiana on May 25-28.

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