Michigan State Finishes Day One at SPIRE & GVSU Big Meet
James wins weight throw, Pugh earns career-best in shot put at GVSU.
Feb. 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Looking to continue progress in the 2013 indoor season, Michigan State split competition this weekend as part of the team returned to Allendale, Mich., for the annual GVSU Big Meet at the Kelly Family Sports Complex. Meanwhile, members of the team also traveled to the site of the Big Ten Indoor Championships for the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.
"It was a good day at the Big Meet," said assistant coach John Newell. "There were some good results, but more than anything they are where they need to be at this point in the season. We are starting to see how the training is working into competition. We're seeing some big things. From here on out through Big Tens and NCAAs, it will be about tuning up. I was pleased with the day."
At the GVSU Big Meet, redshirt sophomore Melanie Brender opened the day for the Spartans with a 16th place finish in the 5,000-meter with a time of 17.16.80.
In the prelims of the 60-meter dash, redshirt freshman Allie Fox improved her career-best time to 7.89 to place 25th in the invite competition. Fox clocked another career-best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.22 to place 42nd.
Redshirt senior Noriah Williams placed 15th in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 57.59. She also competed in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 25.74 to finish 33rd.
In the mile run, redshirt freshman Kathleen Landwehr placed 41st with a time of 5:16.87. She was followed by teammate Brianne Feldpausch, who clocked in with a career-best time of 5:17.08 to finish 43rd.
Redshirt junior Meggan Freeland posted a time of 10:12.70 in the 3,000-meter run to place 18th overall.
In the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, senior Chelsea Ross finished 11th with a time of 8.83. Redshirt freshman Lauren Chorny recorded a height of 3.52m/ 11-6½ to tie for the 19th place in the pole vault competition.
Freshman Ryan Konen kicked off the day for the men, turning in a time of 14:17.49 in the 5,000-meter to place 18th.
Freshman Jacob McFadden finished the 60-meter hurdles in 8.74 to place 37th in the prelims.
Michigan State dominated the weight throw as three Spartans finished in the top-10 of the invite competition. Redshirt sophomore Antonio James claimed an individual win as he tied his career-best mark of 20.92m/ 68-7¾. Redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh finished second 20.85/ 68-5. Placing eighth, redshirt freshman Connor Kostrzewa turned in a mark of 17.91m/ 58-9¼.
Pugh was also a runner-up in the shot put, throwing for a career-best mark of 17.82m/ 58-5¾ for second-place. James finished fifth in the event with mark of 17.29m/ 56-8¾.
At the SPIRE Invitational, sophomore Lindsey Seymour turned in a top-10 finish in the unseeded 400-meter dash, placing eighth in the finals with a career-best time of 56.83. Redshirt freshman Sara Stassen posted another top-10 finish in the finals of the mile run, clocking in a time of 2:58.94 for 10th place.
In the pole vault competition, sophomore Kassie Powell tied for fourth-place with a mark of 3.82m/ 12-6¼, while redshirt junior Amanda Impellizzeri hit the same height but in more attempts to finish eighth overall.
MSU had a strong showing in the unseeded 200-meter dash with four Spartans placing in the top-25. Redshirt senior Alysson Bodenbach was the top finisher for Michigan State, placing fourth with a time of 25.00. In 14th place, freshman Janae Hill turned in a season-best time of 25.31. Redshirt sophomore Jaelynn Pryor was close behind with a career-best time of 25.47 for a 17th-place finish, while Seymour posted a time of 25.70 to place 24th overall.
In the finals of the 5,000-meter, redshirt sophomore Megan Rogers place seventh overall with a time of 17:00.15. Less than two-tenths of a second behind was redshirt junior Olivia Sydow who posted a career-best time of 17.00.27 for an eighth-place finish. Redshirt senior Katie Haines finished 11th in the event with a time of 17:18.09.
On the men's side, sophomore Aaron Hendricks posted a time of 49.63 to finish 13th overall in the unseeded 400-meter dash. Redshirt sophomore Alex Wilson also placed 13th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:46.03.
Competition at both meets will continue tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 9 with events scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.