Track & Field
Spartans add six medals to close out the final day of competition at the conference meet.
James improves MSU discus record and several Spartans break personal records in Saturday's competition.
Spartans post strong performances at both the Silverston and Alex Wilson Invite.
Blaine Maag By the Numbers:
Blaine Maag enters his first season at Michigan State, overseeing throwing events. He spent the previous two seasons at Grand Valley State University and was honored as the 2013 Division II Men's Indoor and Women's Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
During his tenure at GVSU, Maag coached 20 NCAA Division II All-Americans and seven NCAA Division II Champions, including Sam Lockhart (2013 outdoor shot put and discus, indoor shot put and weight throw and 2012 indoor weight throw title), Lauren Buresh (2012 indoor shot put title) and Liz Murphy (2012 outdoor hammer title). Lockhart also went on to compete at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials, finishing 19th in the discus. She qualified for the trials by having a discus toss of 57.11 meters during the Ashland Summer Series.
Maag competed in throws events during his collegiate career at Ashland and was part of four GLIAC championship teams at AU. He was named a 2008 outdoor track & field All-American in the discus, placing eighth at that year's competition. In 2010, Maag received All-American honors in the discus as well, finishing sixth.
Maag still ranks in the top-10 in several categories in Ashland history. In indoor track & field, he is fifth in the shot put with a throw of 56-0 and 11th in the weight throw with a toss of 61-9.5, both coming in 2009. Maag is also eighth all-time in outdoor track and field at AU in the discus (174-1) and 10th in the shot put (56-5), with those throws both from 2008.
In high school, Maag won a state championship in football and three individual state titles in the discus at Columbus Grove High School. He was also named the Division VI offensive player of the year in 2003, leading Columbus Grove to a 15-0 record and the state title by amassing over 2,700 yards rushing and 47 touchdowns.
Maag graduated from Ashland University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. Maag is from Columbus Grove, Ohio, and is married to the former Ariana Kidder. They have one daughter, Carson.
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