Jan. 26, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Michigan State track & field lost a hard fought battle with Michigan at the Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale, Mich., as the women lost an 89-73 decision and the men fell 88-74. Hosted by Grand Valley State University, the competition marked the first dual meet between the two schools since 1976. The Spartans came away from the meet with two school records and eight individual wins.
"We had a lot of great performances today," said director of cross country/track & field Walt Drenth. "I think all across the board we were very competitive. We just got beat by a team that had a lot of depth in a lot of events. I'm proud of the way we competed. We made a lot of progress as a team. All in all, we were better in every event than we were a week ago and that's progress towards the conference meet."
The women gave Michigan State a one-two punch in the 600-meter run as redshirt senior Alysson Bodenbach claimed the win with a time of 1:31.15 and redshirt sophomore Lauren Lampman placed second with a time of 1:31.32.
Redshirt sophomore Leah O'Connor took the lead in the mile and held on for the win, breaking the facility and school record with a time of 4:40.41. She also placed second in the 800-meter run, posting a time of 2:09.61.
Michigan State's 4x400-meter relay team beat Michigan in an impressive fashion, never letting the Wolverines in front. The team of Evans, sophomore Tori Franklin, Pryor and Bodenbach earned a season-best time of 3:42.46.
Redshirt senior Beth Rohl continued to improve as she was victorious in both the shot put and the weight throw. She earned a mark of 14.11m/ 46-3½ in the shot put to claim the win and her mark of 21.40m/ 70-2 in the weight throw is a new Michigan State school record.
In the 60-meter dash, sophomore DeVantré Whitelow ran for a time of 6.84 to steal first-place points away from the Wolverines. He also earned a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.85.
Redshirt junior Keenan Michael finished first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.15, less than five minutes after he finished up the 60-meter hurdles with a third-place finishing time of 8.35.
The Spartans finished first and second in the 800-meter run as redshirt senior Joe Banyai earned the win with a time of 1:51.92 and teammate Austin Wissler less than a tenth of a second behind at 1:51.97 for second place.
The mile saw the men from MSU take more points away from Michigan as redshirt senior Josh McAlary crossed first for the Spartans with a time of 4:08.70. On his heels was redshirt junior Ben Miller, who finished second with a time of 4:11.07.
Sophomore Jarred Gambrell took home a win in the triple jump, hitting a mark of 14.48m/ 47-6¼.
In the throws, redshirt sophomore Antonio James broke a meet-record in the weight throw with a mark of 20.61m/ 67-7 for second-place. He also hit a mark of 18.10m/59-4¾ for a runner-up finish in the shot put.
The Spartans will be back in action for a return to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational on Feb. 1-2.