The Spartans will compete in Madison Friday through Sunday.
Hurdler Keenan Michael and the Women's 4x100 Relay turn in top times.
Michigan State hopes to bring a Big Ten title back to East Lansing by sending fifty-eight athletes to Lincoln, Nebraska.
Quotes from Director of Track & Field Walt Drenth, Tori Franklin, Keenan Michael, and Brittany Lewis.
"Coach Bettis comes to us with great experience as an athlete from Penn State. She was a very competitive jumper in the conference and at the national level. She is going to help Coach Gillon and Coach Bostwick with the sprints and the jumps. Her extensive background in the jumps really made a difference because that area of expertise, particularly when we go to the indoor championships with a split program, is important for the betterment of our athletes. Her experience as a high-level athlete has brought a lot to the table in terms of an energy standpoint. She has done a wonderful job for us in the short time that we have had her, and we are really excited about her addition," Drenth said.
Under the tutelage of Bettis at Penn State, Tanaya Lloyd reached the 40-foot barrier for the first time in her career with a leap of 40-0 (12.19) to place ninth at the Tyson Invitational in 2010. Lloyd also qualified for the NCAA First Round as a sophomore in the triple jump and posted a leap of 12.40m for 26th overall. Lloyd's personal-best mark of 12.46m was recorded at the Penn State Open in 2010. At both the 2010 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships, Lloyd recorded sixth-place finishes at both competitions to score for the team's point total.
Bettis also aided in the development of Bianca Fung into a two-time NCAA national qualifier in the long jump. Fung qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in her career in 2009. Fung posted a personal-best mark of 6.36m in the long jump at the 2009 NCAA Regional Championships, good enough for third-place overall. She would then go on to place 21st at NCAAs. In 2010, Fung continued her progress as she once again qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a wind-aided leap of 6.30m at the NCAA First Round. Fung proceeded to place 23rd at the NCAA Championships with a leap of 5.72m in her second-consecutive appearance at the championships.
Bettis graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.