Feb. 4, 2012
SOUTH BEND, IND. - The Michigan State track and field team completed competition this afternoon at the Meyo Invitational at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The two-day event was held at the Loftus Sports Center with eighteen Spartans finishing in the top ten of their events.
On Friday, Senior Becca Buchholtz earned second place in the women's high jump, leaping 1.78m (5-10). Teammate Jessica Scherting placed ninth, with an effort of 1.70m (5-7).
Codi Mattix had his finest performance of the indoor season in the men's pole vault, clearing the bar at 5.16m (16-11), which tied him with Notre Dame's Kevin Schipper for third place.
The 1000m run saw Josh McAlary run a personal best 2:24.34. McAlary's previous PR was 2:25.47 at the Notre Dame Invitational earlier this season.
In the men's long jump, Kurt Schneider placed eighth (7.23m / 23-8 3/4"), while freshman Ian Miller ran ninth in the 500m dash (1:05.70).
Saturday events began on a high note for Michigan State. Tori Franklin surpassed her previous best effort of 12.75m with a leap of 12.85m (42-2) in the women's triple jump. Senior Kevin Jackson moved closer to the 7-ft. mark, tying for third place with a personal best 2.13m (6-11 3/4). Meanwhile, freshman Jarred Gambrell placed fourth in the triple jump 15.12m (49-7 1/4).
In women's distance, Carlie Green raced to a third place finish in the 3000m run, shattering her previous PR (9:32.06) with 9:25.71. The Spartans also had three harriers break the 5-minute barrier with Sara Kroll placing sixth in the Meyo Invitational Mile (4:44.25) and teammates Veronica Wilson placing eigth (4:56.85) and Julia Otwell placing ninth (4:57.43) in the women's 1 mile.
MSU travels back to the campus of Grand Valley State University for the GVSU Big Meet next weekend. The two-day event begins on Friday with action continuing into Saturday afternoon.