Jan. 20, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State track & field program picked up 13 individual wins as they continued to show progress at the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday at the Loftus Sports Complex. The men’s team earned a total of 181 points to claim a team win at the meet, while the women posted a team score of 157 to place second overall.
“With a scored meet, it’s a great opportunity for us to see how we’re going to behave in a competitive environment and I thought for the most part, we did just that,” said director of track & field/cross country Walt Drenth. “The kids did well in a lot of events and that’s what it takes in a meet like this, you have to be consistent and score everywhere.”
For the women, sophomore TeJuanna Williams posted a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.75. Freshman Janae Hill finished eighth in the event, clocking in at 7.82. Williams also ran a time of 25.19 to place fifth in the 200-meter dash, while teammate Jellisa Westney finished sixth in the event with a time of 25.20. Westney later posted a time of 56.48 to place fourth in the 400-meter dash.
MSU took first and second-place points in the 500-meter as sophomore Alicia Evans claimed the win with a time of 1:13.22 and redshirt sophomore Jaelynn Pryor finished second with a time of 1:13.24.
In the 800-meter, Michigan State placed third through fifth as redshirt senior Alysson Bodenbach posted a time of 2:10.65 to finish third, redshirt sophomore Leah O’Connor placed fourth with a time of 2:11.23 and redshirt freshman Lauren Lampman came in fifth with a time of 2:13.21. O’Connor later went on to earn first-place honors in the 1,000-meter with a time of 2:51.14.
Sara Kroll claimed an individual win in the mile as she posted a time of 4:48.51. Teammates Julia Otwell (4:56.93) and Veronica Wilson (4:58.24) finished third and fourth, respectively. In the 3,000-meter, redshirt senior Rachel McFarlane placed second with a time of 9:43.57, while redshirt junior Olivia Sydow clocked in at 9:56.54 for third-place.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Evans, Pryor, Westney and Bodenbach posted a second-place finish with a time of 3:42.54.
On the field, freshman Adeline Grier-Welch finished third in the high jump, hitting a mark of 1.63m/5-4¼. In the long jump, junior Ashley Stacey placed fourth with a mark of 5.67m/18-7¼.
With a record-setting day, redshirt junior Amanda Impellizzeri claimed a win in the pole vault, breaking the school record with a mark of 4.05m/13-3½.
Redshirt senior Beth Rohl had a career day, breaking the facility and school record in the weight throw with a mark of 21.27m/69-9½. She also posted a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 12.99m/42-7½.
“On the women’s side, I thought the women in the 500-meters did very well,” said Drenth. “Sara Kroll did a really nice job winning the mile. Leah O’Connor ran pretty well in the 1,000 and came back and ran really well in the 800-meters as well. The women’s mile relay ran a little bit faster than last week, so I thought they made some decent progress. The highlight of the meet was early with Beth Rohl breaking a facility and school record in the weight throw. She is number three in the country right now;. that was quite a performance. She has never thrown over 21-meters, and she had three throws over 21-meters.”
For the men, sophomore DeVantre Whitelow posted a time of 6.92 to earn second-place points in the men’s 60-meter dash. In the 200-meter dash, Whitelow finished fourth with a time of 22.17, just behind teammate Austin Sanders who clocked a 22.09 to place third.
Finishing second in the 400-meter dash was redshirt junior Keenan Michael, who crossed the finish in 47.55.
MSU placed three in the top-five of the 500-meter as redshirt freshman Stephon Foster finished second with a time of 1:04.71, freshman Jacob McFadden posted a time of 1:07.37 to place fourth and freshman Edward Clifton finished fifth with a time of 1:08.00. McFadden later finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.61.
The Spartans also dominated the 800-meter run with sophomore Austin Wissler leading the way with a first-place finish. Wissler clocked in at 1:52.30, while teammates Brandon Wallace (1:53.13) and Ryan Haag (1:53.16) placed second and third, respectively.
In the 1,000-meter, redshirt seniors Joe Banyai and Josh McAlary gave the competition a one-two punch as Banyai ran a time of 2:25.12 to claim the win and McAlary finished second with a time of 2:25.71.
Sophomore Drake Vietenheimer finished third in the mile with a time of 4:14.39 while redshirt junior Kevin Yarnell posted a time of 4:19.40 to place fifth.
Freshman Caleb Rhynard took home a win in the 3,000-meter with a time of 8:18.28. Rounding out the top-five were teammates Alex Wilson (8:31.08) and Chris Collier (8:41.82), who finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Spartans placed second and third in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Whitelow, Michael, Aaron Hendricks and Foster ran for a time of 3:17.94 to place second, while the team of McFadden, Haag, Wissler and Wallace finished third with a time of 3:22.69.
On the field, freshman Owen Hughes claimed another high jump title with a mark of 2.06m/6-9. MSU brought home another win in the pole vault as redshirt junior Derik Peterman hit a mark of 5.10m/16-8¾ to earn the win. Freshman Jaime Salisbury finished second with a mark of 4.95m/16-2¾ and redshirt senior James Nixon posted a mark of 4.80m/15-9 to place third.
Sophomore Jarred Gambrell earned first-place honors in the long jump, hitting a mark of 7.17m/23-6¼. He later posted a mark of 14.42m/47-3¾ to place second in the triple jump.
Michigan State claimed first and second-place finishes in both the shot put and weight throw. Redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh earned a win in the shot put with a mark of 16.95m/55-7½ and redshirt sophomore Antonio James hit a mark of 16.45m/53-11¾ to place second. In the weight throw, Pugh again took home first-place points with a mark of 16.45m 53-11¾, while James hit a mark of 20.25m/66-5¼.
“I thought Josh McCalary and Joe Banyai did well in the 1,000-meters and I thought Caleb (Rhynard) ran well,” Drenth said. “Stephon Foster also stood out on the track, he did a really nice job in the 500-meter and he anchored the mile relay. In the field, Lonnie Pugh and AJ (Antonio James) did very well, going one and two in the weight throw and shot put. The men’s pole vaulters came through today. I thought Derek Peterman did a very nice job on the vault. The thing that stood out to me was our balance. There were people who stood out in every event and that made a difference in the outcome of the meet. Notre Dame had a pretty substantial lead with about three or four events to go, and we had people doing well in every meet. We were consistently scoring points and were able to catch up with them and distance ourselves to be able to win the meet. I was really pleased with that.”
Next up, MSU will travel back to GVSU for a dual against Michigan next Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.