Jan. 22, 2012
NOTRE DAME, IND. - Senior Becca Buchholtz broke her own school record in the high jump leading the way for the Michigan State Track & Field squad which earned sixteen wins in a solid showing at the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday.
Buchholtz's jump of 6-0 (1.83m) topped her previous mark of 5-11 ½ (1.82) which she accomplished at last year's Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Buchholtz's teammate, senior Jessica Scherting, took second with a jump of 5-8 (1.73m) which tied her personal record.
The Spartan women also had a fine showing in the long jump and weight throw, taking the top three spots in both events. Senior Ashley Stacey led the way with a leap of 19-6 ¼ while senior Katie Guikema and freshmen Tori Franklin had efforts of 18-1 ½ and 18-0 ½ respectively. Franklin found similar success in the Triple Jump, taking second place with 40-3 ¼. Beth Rohl led the field in the throws, taking first with a toss of 66-10 ¾. Second and third spots went to junior Shatora Lewis (a personal record 62-2 ¼) and Senior Catherine Daniels (58-4 ½).
Lewis also earned first place in the shot put with a distance of 47-8 ½, edging Daniels who took second with an effort of 46-5 ½.
Taking second place in the pole vault was freshman Kassie Powell with a mark of 12-1 ½.
In the sprints, Brittany Lewis continued her strong freshman campaign with a first place finish in the 500 meters (1:12.85) and second place in the 200 meter dash (24.97). Lewis won the 600 meter dash last weekend at the GVSU Open in her collegiate debut.
Lewis' teammate, freshmen Alicia Evans, placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 57.02.
Leslie Aririguzo remains undefeated this season in the 60m hurdles with a winning time 8.51. Aririguzo, a senior, won at GVSU last weekend with a time of 8.49.
The Michigan State women's distance team had two milers break the five-minute barrier. Sara Kroll ran a personal record 4:46.17 in her first indoor appearance after redshirting as a freshman last year. She was followed by senior Carlie Green who placed third with a time of 4:52.32.
The green and white also earned a victory from junior Amelia Bannister who ran a personal best 2:11.54 in the 800 meters.
Rounding out distance events were Katie Haines who earned second place with personal record 9:44.87 in the 3200. Rebekah Smeltzer was mere two seconds behind Haines in the event, running a time of 9:46.17.
Junior Kurt Schneider led the charge for the Spartan men, placing in three events. His victory in the long jump (24-1 / 7.34m) was a personal best. Schneider would go on to earn his second personal best of the day with a runner-up finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.23. Schneider's third place finish in the high jump (6-9) came at the hands of his teammates Kevin Jackson and Owen Hughes. Jackson, an NCAA qualifier last season, tied fellow Spartan Owen Hughes with a jump of 6-11. The mark was a personal best for both athletes.
In distance competition, sophomore Kevin Yarnell and freshman Austin Wissler earned their first career victories. Wissler, in only his second collegiate appearance, beat out several veterans to win a stacked 800 meter event with a time of 1:52.71. Yarnell won the men's mile with a personal best 4:11.07. Yarnell's teammate, Alex Wilson, placed third with a time of 4:13.07 in his first season of indoor action after taking a redshirt last year.
In the men's 1000 meters, sophomore Ben Miller came in second place with a time of 2:23.89.
Sprint events saw freshman DeVantré Whitelow grab second place in the 200 meters (21.96) and third in the 60 meters (6.89). Teammate Ian Miller placed third in the 500 meter dash with a time of 1:06.19.
Field events had personal records from Jay Gillespie (first place in the weight throw - 68-9 ¼) and Sophomore Zack Hill (shot put - 61-7). Hill's effort tops last seasons shot put best of 60-11 ¼). Junior Lonnie Pugh placed second to Gillespie in the weight throw with a toss of 66-1 ½.
The Spartans return to action next week on Friday and Saturday at the Indiana Invitational.