Spartans face off against conference foes at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Three named to First team, six to Second team, and three earn Honorable Mention honors.
James finishes career-high 10th, Pugh places 17th in the discus.
O'Connor advances to 3,000 steeple final, 4x400 relay places school-record 16th overall.
12 Spartans to represent Michigan State on national stage.
Shot Put - 17.81m/58-5¼
Discus Throw - 58.65m/192-5
Hammer Throw - 62.82m/206-1 - School Record
Weight Throw - 22.21m/72-10½
Honorable Mention USTF CCCA All-American Outdoor and Indoor
NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
OUTDOOR: Placed second in discus and hammer throw at the Raleigh Relays with marks of 53.09m/174-2 and 59.73m/195-11½ respectively ... Placed third in discus and hammer throw at the Spartan Invitational with marks of 54.78m/179-8¾ and 59.19m/194-2¼ respectively ... Placed first in hammer throw at the EMU Twilight Invitational with a mark of 62.47m/204-11½ ... Posted a 56.26m/184-7 in the discus and 57.63m/189-1 in the hammer at the UCSD Triton Invitational ... Posted a 56.65m/181-4¾ in the discus and 61.01m/200-2 with the hammer at the Big Ten Outdoor Conference Championships ... Threw in the discus preliminaries at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, posting a mark of 55.29m/181-4¾ ... Threw the discus for 54.57m/179-0½ at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
INDOOR: Honorable mention All-American ... Qualified for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw ... Set a personal record and broke a Michigan State record and won the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the weight throw with a mark of 22.21m/ 72-10½ ... Finished second at the Silverston Invitational in the weight throw with a mark of 20.30m/ 66-7¼ ... Won the Notre Dame Invite in the weight throw with a mark of 16.95m/55-7½ ... Brought home the victory in the shot put at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open with a mark of 17.58m/57-8¼.
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Outdoor Second-Team All-American
NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
MSU Field Athlete of the Year
2012 Coach's Award Winner
OUTDOOR: Placed 11th overall at the NCAA Division I Championships with a mark of 57.24m in the discus throw... Qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round, posting a mark of 58.39m in the discus throw... Threw for 58.66m to place 13th in the hammer and finished fourth overall with a mark of 57.95m in the discus at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship ... Earned a second-place finish at the Drake relays as he threw for 56.16m in the discus and 59.18m in the hammer for seventh place... Recorded a mark of 57.11m to place fourth in the hammer at the GVSU Al Owens Classic ... At the Jesse Owens Track Classic, he threw for 56.98m to claim a win in the discus and finish eighth with a mark of 58.53m in the hammer... Threw for a mark of 54.98m to place seventh in the hammer and 55.58m to win first-place honors in the discus at the MSU Spartan Invitational ... At the Raleigh Relays, he placed first with a throw for 57.88m in the hammer and 55.46m in the discus for second place.
INDOOR: Placed sixth overall at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, hitting a mark of 21.14m in the weight throw... Recorded a personal-best mark of a 21.40m to win the weight throw at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational ... At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, placed fifth overall with a throw of 20.78m in the weight throw and a personal-best 17.81m in the shot put to finish eighth... Posted a mark of 20.36m in the weight throw (fourth) and 16.30m in the shot put (fifth) at the Silverston Invitational ... At the Findlay Indoor Open, he threw for 19.81m in the weight throw (ninth) and 16.68m in the shot put (seventh)... Recorded a mark of 20.36 in the weight throw to place fifth overall at the Indiana University ... At the Notre Dame Invitational, he threw for 16.36m in the shot put (seventh) and 20.15m in the weight throw to place second ... Finished second overall at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open as he threw for 19.23m in the weight throw and earned a third-place finish with a mark of 16.95m in the shot put.
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Outdoor First-Team All-American
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Indoor First-Team All-American
NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
OUTDOOR:: Recorded a first-place finish in the discus throw with a throw of 52.23m at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational ... At the Sun Angel Track Classic he finished third in the discuss throw with a distance of 51.46m and eighth in the hammer throw with a distance of 58.20m ... Finished first and second in the discus and hammer throw respectively with distances of 54.65m and 57.73m at the Indiana University Outdoor Invitational ... At the EMU Twilight he finished second in the hammer throw with a distance of 56.60m ... Threw for a distance of 49.07 in the discus throw at the Drake Relays ... Placed first in the discus throw at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a throw of 53.81m and third in the hammer throw with a school-record throw of 62.82m ... Recorded a distance of 55.74m in the discus throw at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round for a sixth-place finish ... Finished eighth at the NCAA Division I Championships in the discus throw with a throw of 55.36m.
INDOOR: Placed eighth in the shot put with a distance of 15.89m, and fifth in the weight throw with a distance of 18.59m at the Kentucky Track & Field Invitational ... At the Simmons/Harvey Invitational he finished third in the weight throw with a distance of 19.10m and tenth in shot put with a distance of 15.23m ... Recorded a first-place finish in the weight throw with a throw of 20.10 and finished seventh in shot put with a throw of 16.81m at the Findlay Indoor Track & Field Open ... Threw a distance of 19.83m at the GVSU Big Meet in the weight throw for a sixth-place finish ... Finished second in the weight throw with a school-record distance of 20.69m at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and shot put for a distance of 16.43m ... Recorded a throw of 18.83m in the weight throw at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational for a sixth-place finish ... Placed fifth at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in the weight throw with a toss of 21.06m.
OUTDOOR: Competed unattached ... Threw a season-best of 58.64m (192-4) in the hammer throw at the Spartan Invitational ... Threw discus 53.85m (176-8) at Ferris State Bulldog Open.
INDOOR: Set mark of 15.68m (51-5 ½) in shot put at Kentucky Invitational ... Threw weight 17.85m (58-6) at Kentucky Invitational ... Set mark of 19.73m (64-8) in the weight throw and threw 15.80m (51-10) in the shot put at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.
OUTDOOR: Competed in the discus throw ... Recorded a school record, personal-best and NCAA Championship qualifying discus throw of 58.65m (192-5) at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... Was the top freshman finisher, and 14th-overall, in the discus throw at the 2009 NCAA Championships, recording a distance of 55.72m (182-9) ... Threw a then school record 56.33m (184-9) at the Indiana Invite ... Tallied five regional qualifying throws on the season.
INDOOR: Competed unattached in both the weight throw and shot put ... Tossed a season-best mark of 15.27m (50-1 ¼) in the shot put at the Chippewa Open and threw his season-best in the weight throw, 17.76m (58-3 ¼), at the MSU Open ... Posted a throw of 17.39m (57-0 ¾) in the weight throw at the Chippewa Open, his second-best mark of the season ... Second-best shot put mark came at the MSU Open after turning in a throw of 15.25m (50-0 ½).
Michigan State Champion in the discus in 2006 ... Followed that with a third-place finish at the state championship in 2007 ... Also finished sixth in the shot put ... Holds Grosse Ile record in the discus ... Earned all-state honors all four years of high school ... Also lettered in basketball and football ... Student Council Vice president and a member of the honor roll.
Born on February 23, 1990 ... Son of Patricia Pugh ... Plans to major in kinesiology.