Lena Bettis
Lena Bettis

Position:
Assistant Coach - Sprints/Jumps

Experience:
First Season

Email:
bettisle@ath.msu.edu


05/10/2012

Preview: 2012 Big Ten Track & Field Outdoor Championships

The Spartans will compete in Madison Friday through Sunday.

05/05/2012

Sprints Lead MSU at Len Paddock Invitational

Hurdler Keenan Michael and the Women's 4x100 Relay turn in top times.

02/22/2012

Preview: 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships

Michigan State hopes to bring a Big Ten title back to East Lansing by sending fifty-eight athletes to Lincoln, Nebraska.

01/19/2012

Track Quotes: Week 1

Quotes from Director of Track & Field Walt Drenth, Tori Franklin, Keenan Michael, and Brittany Lewis.

Lena Bettis arrives in East Lansing for her first season with the Spartans after spending the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater Penn State. The Riverside, Calif., native was a four year letterwinner and a two-time NCAA Regional qualifier for the Nittany Lions prior to her assignment as an assistant. Bettis also was a member of the school-record sprint medley relay squad which posted a time of 3:52.25 in 2007 at the Penn State Relays. In her final year of eligibility, Bettis posted a career-best leap of 13.04m in the triple jump at the 2008 Big Ten Championships, aiding in the Nittany Lions' first of three-straight Big Ten Outdoor team titles. Over the course of her time at Penn State, the Nittany Lions won three Big Ten Outdoor team championships, a Big Ten Indoor championship and a cross country championship. On the national stage, PSU finished fourth at the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships. Bettis also worked with Clarence Smith who won both the back-to-back Big Ten Indoor triple jump titles in 2008 and 2009, to go along with an outdoor victory in 2009.

"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.