Joe Banyai
Joe Banyai

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Royal Oak, Mich.

High School:
Royal Oak

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 165

Position:
Mid-Distance


08/06/2013

10 Spartans Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Seven men and three women named to All-Academic Track and Field Team.

05/29/2013

2013 Spring Academic All-Big Ten Selections Announced

MSU had 113 student-athletes recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.

05/21/2013

MSU Track & Field Send 26 To NCAA Regionals

Spartans will look to earn a top-12 spot to the NCAA Championships.

05/12/2013

Women Finish Fifth, Men 10th at Big Ten Championships

O'Connor and Rohl win gold on final day of competition.



05/11/2013

James and O'Connor Earn Gold On Day Two at Big Ten Champs

Spartans advance eight to event finals on Sunday.

Collegiate Bests
• 400m Run - 50.09
• 800m Run - 1:49.25
• 1,000m Run - 2:25.12
• 1,500m Run - 3:53.57
• High Jump - 1.57m/5-1¾

2012-13:
• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
• Academic All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR:Ran a 1:51.02 in the 800m at the Raleigh Relays ... Ran a 3:57.47 in the 1,500m at the Spartan Invitational ... Placed second in the 800m at the Jesse Owens Classic with a 1:51.32 ... Placed fourth in the 800m at the Hillsdale College GINA Relays with a time of 1:50.62 ... Placed fifth in the 800m at the Big Ten Outdoor Conference Championships with a time of 1:52.30 ... Posted a time of 1:50.38 in the 800m preliminary at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
INDOOR: Won the 800-meter in a dual with Michigan running a time of 1:51.92 ... Won the 1,000m run in a time of 2:25.12 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Finished second in the 800-meter run at the SPIRE Invitational in a time of 1:50.46 ... Qualified for the finals in the 800-meter at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a time of 1:49.49 in the prelims ... Placed sixth in a time of 1:50.79 in the finals of the 800-meter at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships.

2011-12:
• Academic All-Big Ten

• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
• MSU Track Athlete of the Year
OUTDOOR:
Placed first at the Don Kleinow Memorial Invitational with a time of 1:52.45 in the 800-meter run ... Finished fourth in the 800-meter at the GINA Relays with a time of 1:51.85 ... Ran a career-best 1:49.28 in the 800-meter run to qualify for the finals at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships where he placed ninth overall ... Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 800-meter, clocking a 1:50.36 to finish 25th overall.
INDOOR:
Did not compete.

2010-11:
• Academic All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR:
Finished fourth and recorded a personal-best time in the 1500m (3:53.57) at the Spartan Invitational ... Placed second in the 800m run in back-to-back competitions (Lyle Bennett Open and Indiana University Outdoor Invitational) ... Also a member of the 4x400m relay, finishing in fourth place with a time of 3:19.57 (Indiana University Outdoor Invitational).
INDOOR:
Started the Indoor season running the 800m with a top 5 finish time of 1:52.67 (Kentucky Track & Field Invitational) ... Placed second in the 800m run in back-to-back competitions (Notre Dame Invitational and Notre Dame Meyo Invitational) ... Placed fourth in the 800m run with a personal-best time of 1:51.53 (GVSU Big Meet) ... Represented Michigan State at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, running 1:53.63 in the 800m ... Also was a member of the 4x400m relay team and posted a time of 3:22.55 ... As a member of the 4000m distance medley relay, he contributed to the finishing time of 9:58.59.

2009-10:
• Academic All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR:
Clocked in at 1:52.71 in the 800m at the Sun Angel Track Classic ... Finished the 400m at the Spartan Invitational with a time of 50.09.
INDOOR:
Recorded a time of 1:52.46 in the 800m at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Ran the 800m in 1:54.96 at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.

2008-09:
OUTDOOR:
Did not compete.
INDOOR:
Competed unattached in the 800m run at the Grand Valley Big Meet, posting a personal-best time of 1:53.65 ... Also ran unattached in the 1,000m run at the MSU Open, finishing in 2:33.29.

High School:|
Four-time All-State selection ... Ran personal-best times in the 400m, 800m and 3,200m during his senior season ... Ran as a member of the 4x400m relay team and the 4x800m relay team ... Ran his personal bests in the 400m (50.03) and the 800m (1:54) at the OAA Division IV Finals.

Personal:
Born on December 26, 1989 ... Son of Duane and the late Mary Jo Banyai... Majoring in human biology.