Leah O'Connor wins her fourth-straight Big Ten 3,000-meter steeplechase championship.
Leah O'Connor qualifies for women's mile finals, Tim Ehrhardt currently in ninth in men's heptathlon.
James earns second straight win in the weight throw with season-best mark of 21.97m.
No. 23 MSU women edge No. 15 Michigan, 81-80. No. 25 Spartan men fall 85-76. Franklin, James and O'Connor win two events each.
Four Spartans make it on the podium on day two of competition.
Five Spartans competed at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon (Photos by Phil Johnson)
2014 Spartan Track & Field Invitational
MSU won nine medals, broke seven MSU records & two meet records at the 2014 B1G Indoor Track & Field Championships.
• Shot Put - 19.93m/ 65-4 - School Record
• Discus - 60.56m/198-8 - School Record
• Hammer Throw - 64.51m/211-8 - School Record
• Weight Throw - 22.42m/73-6.75 - School Record
• Big Ten Discus Champion
• USTFCCCA Second-Team Indoor All-American
INDOOR: Finished 11th with a mark of 20.78m in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships ... Runner-up in the shot put (18.29m) and weight throw (19.85m) at the GVSU Mike Lints Open on Jan. 16 ... Took third in the shot put (18.33m) and weight throw (20.58m) at the Notre Dame Invitational on Jan. 24 ... Placed first in both the shot put (18.74m) and weight throw (21.13m) at the MSU-UM dual on Jan. 31 ... Won the weight throw with a season-best mark of 21.97m at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 6-7); Also placed third in the shot put with a season-best mark of 18.95m ... Finished first in both the weight throw (21.96m) and the shot put (18.66m) at the GVSU Big Meet on Feb. 13
OUTDOOR: Big Ten Champion in the discus, breaking his previous school record with a throw of 60.56 meters ... Won the discus throw at the Raleigh Relays (Mar. 27) with a mark of 55.92m; Also placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 17.09m ... First place in the discus (57.54m) and the shot put (18.45m) at the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on April 11
• First-Team USTFCCCA All-American
• NCAA Indoor a Outdoor Championship Qualifier
• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
• Big Ten Shot Put Champion, First-Team All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR: Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the shot put and discus throw... Finished eighth in the NCAA East Regional in the discus with a mark of 58.48m (191-10) and 10th in the shot put with a mark of 19.08m (62-7.25)... Set the MSU record in the discus at the Ashland Open with a throw of 60.15m (197-4)... Finished second at the Raleigh Relays in the Hammer Throw with a season-best mark of 64.51m (211-8)... Finished third in the discus and seventh in the shot put at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship... Season-high mark in the shot put came at the Jesse Owens Classic where he finished third with a throw of 19.34m (63-6)... Won the discus throw at the GVSU Second To Last Chance Meet, Jesse Owens Classic, Spartan Invitational, Raleigh Relays, Ashland Alumni Open, and Dave Rankin Invite... Won the shot put at the Dave Rankin Invite and Spartan Invitational.
INDOOR: Conference champion in the shot put at the Big Ten Indoor Championship with a school record distance of 19.93m (65-4.75)... First Team All-Big Ten... Finished fourth at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track a Field Championships in the weight throw with a mark of 22.42m (73-6.75) and also qualified in the shot put in which he finished 16th... Fourth place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championship in the weight throw with a mark of 22.06m (72-4.5)... Won the weight throw at the Silverston Invitational, Spire Invitational, Meyo Invitational, Note Dame Invitational and Bob Eubanks Open... Won the shot put at the Silverston Invitational, Meyo Invitational, and Bob Eubanks Open.
• Second-Team USTFCCCA All-American
• NCAA Indoor Championship Qualifier
• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
• First-Team All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR: Placed first in shot put with a mark of 17.07m/56-0 and posted a mark of 47.95m/157-3f in discus at the Raleigh Relays ... Competed in the shot put and discus at the Spartan Invitational, posting marks of 17.87m/58-7f and 54.85m/179-11f ... Placed second in the discus and hammer throw and sixth in the shot put at the Georgia Spec Towns National Team Invitational ... Posted marks of 52.47m/172-1f in the hammer throw, 17.86m/58-7 in the shot put and 59.78m/196-1f in the discus throw at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Posted marks of 59.70m/195-10f in the discus and 16.57m/54-4f in the shot put at the UCSD Triton Invitational ... Competed in the shot put, discus and hammer at the Big Ten Outdoor Conference Championships, posting marks of 18.17m/59-7f, 58.25m/191-1f and 58.25m/191-1f respectively ... Competed in the discus and shot put preliminaries at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, posting marks of 57.94m/190-1 and 16.72m/54-10f respectively ... Posted a mark of 58.85m/193-1 in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
INDOOR: Won a silver medal in the weight throw at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track a Field Championships with a school record and a career-best mark of 22.25m/73-0 to earn a second-place finish ... Claimed a win in the weight throw at the Silverston Invitational with a mark of 21.59m/ 70-10 ... Brought home a silver medal in the weight throw at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a throw of 22.14m/ 72-7f ... Placed second at the Bob Eubanks Open in the shot put with a mark of 17.27m/56-8 ... Threw the shot put 16.45m/53-11f and finished second at the Notre Dame Invite ... Threw for a mark of 17.91m/ 58-9f to place fifth overall at the Findlay Open.
• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
• MSU Track & Field Freshman of the Year
OUTDOOR: Competed in the NCAA Division 1 Championships where he threw the discus 54.11m for 19th place... At the NCAA Division 1 East Preliminary Round, he threw 54.61m for 10th place... At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships threw the hammer 55.93m and the discus 50.93m... At the Len Paddock Invitational threw discus 52.00m for third place... At the 2012 Drake Relays threw the discus 52.02m... Threw the discus 51.36m for first and the hammer 51.13m at the GVSU Al Owens Classic... At the Jesse Owens Track Classic, he competed in the discus with a throw of 53.39m... At the Spartan Invitational threw the discus 52.82m for third and the hammer throw 56.06m... At the Raleigh Relays, James threw shot put (15.51m), the hammer (56.28m) and discus (53.05m).
INDOOR: At the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational, James threw the shot put for 17.38m for eighth place and the weight 20.92 for third... At the Big Ten Indoor Championships threw the weight 20.61 for sixth place and the shot put 17.62m for ninth... At the Silverston Invitational, he threw the weight 20.66m and the shot put 16.84m... At the Findlay Track and Field Open, James competed in the weight with 20.81m and the spot put with 17.51m... At the Indiana University Relays, he won the shot put with a throw of 17.73m and the weight with 20.59m for fourth... At the Notre Dame Invitational threw the shot put 16.64m and the weight 19.61 for third... Threw the weight 18.55m and the shot put 14.20m at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open.
OUTDOOR:: Did not compete.
INDOOR: Did not compete.
Three-time All-Conference selection in the shot put and discus (2008, 2009 a 2010) ... Two-time All-Conference Champion in both the shot put and discus (2009 a 2010) ... Regional Champion his senior year in both shot put and discus ... Championship Team selection in 2010 ... Two-time News Herald Track and Field Championships Field MVP in 2009 a 2010 (also holding the meet records) ... Placed eighth in discus (151'0") at the MHSAA State Meet his junior year ... Placed second in discus (169'11") and third in shot (55'5") his senior year ... M.I.T.S Indoor State Champion in the shot put (54'11") ... Placed eighth in the weight at the Indoor State Championship (47'7") ... Threw at the Midwest Meet of Champions, placing third overall in the discus with a throw of 175'9" ... Ranked ninth in the nation in discus leaving high school ... Personal best throws of 197'7" in the discus and 58'7 in the shot put, both of which are high school records ... Voted "Most Athletic" by his class in 2010 ... All-Conference (WACC) Linebacker selection in 2009 a 2010 ... Was an All-State linebacker selection in 2010 ... Also lettered in football.
Born April 7, 1992 ... Son of Anthony and Lisa James ... Plans on majoring in media arts and technology.