Track & Field
James finishes career-high 10th, Pugh places 17th in the discus.
Michael, Birkmeier, O'Connor going to Nationals, Evans advances to Saturday.
O'Connor and Rohl win gold on final day of competition.
Spartans welcome Ceith Creekmur and Vanitta Kinard to program.
Ceith Creekmur By the Numbers
Ceith Creekmur begins his first season at Michigan State after spending seven years coaching for his alma-mater Miami University. Creekmur will be coaching throws, vertical jumps and multi-events for the Spartans.
At Miami, Creekmur helped coach three throwers who qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in 2012, one of which earned second-team All-MAC by finishing as a runner-up in the decathlon at the MAC Championships. He also guided four student-athletes to berths in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in 2010-11 while two earned All-MAC honors with runner-up finishes at the MAC Championships. In 2010, under Creekmur's tenure, another student-athlete earned a berth to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the discus, giving Creekmur eight East Prelims qualifiers in the last three seasons.
In 2009, Creekmur also coached a RedHawk decathlete to back-to-back NCAA championships. With Creekmur's assistance, a Miami University high jumper earned All-Mideast Region honors in 2008, as he placed sixth at the regional meet, just missing a spot in the NCAA Championships.
Creekmur successfully recruited multiple state champions and national elite level high school athletes to the RedHawks. He also designed and implemented strength training programs for all track events up to the 800m in addition to multi-events, throws and vertical jumps.
A RedHawk standout, Creekmur was a four-year letterwinner (2003-06) and finished in the top eight in the decathlon in each of his final three seasons, including a MAC runner-up finish as a junior. A second-team All-MAC honoree in 2005, turned in an eighth-place heptathlon finish at the U.S. Indoor Nationals and a fourth-place decathlon finish at the MAC Championships his senior season. In addition to Creekmur's decathlon mark, he also left Miami as an All-America nominee and the school record holder in the heptathlon with 5,399 points.
Creekmur is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and earned his Level I certification in the USA Track and Field coaching program. A Miami graduate, Creekmur received his bachelor's degree in exercise science and was the principle investigator of research on landing injuries presented at the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine conference. While coaching, Creekmur also earned his master's degree in exercise science in May 2011. His master's thesis work discussed the effects of plyometrics in warm ups for sprint performances.
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