Feb. 16, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartans claimed four individual wins at the Silverston Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Held at the Michigan Indoor Track Building, Michigan State continued to prepare for the Big Ten Indoor Championships.
"Everyone did a great job of competing, but they were also very relaxed," said assistant coach John Newell. "I felt like last week at the Grand Valley Big Meet, the competition was really good and we saw some big distances, but also some sloppy fouls. Sometimes that happens when you are a little anxious and excited. Today's meet was low-key, so I told them to think about it as preparation for Big Tens and an up-tempo training session. Competition is the best practice; that's what we're here for."
Redshirt senior Beth Rohl brought home a win in the shot put for the second time this season with a career-best mark of 14.43m/ 47-4¼. Rohl also took first-place honors in the weight throw, recording a mark of 20.86m/ 68-5¼ to claim the win.
"Beth had some foul trouble last week, so this week we wanted to keep things relaxed and make sure she's not over extending herself," said Newell. "She did a good job. She's having some really big throws, but she's having some big fouls too, so she just needs to get them in bounds."
Also competing the shot put Redshirt senior Kelsey Prena placed fourth in the event with a mark of 12.80m/ 42-0. Transfer Kaylee Finney finished 10th in the weight throw, posting a mark of 13.93m/ 45-8½.
In the high jump, freshman Adeline Grier-Welch posted a height of 1.60m/ 5-3 to place fifth overall.
On the track, redshirt freshman Lauren Lampman placed second overall in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 57.14.
On the men's side, three Spartans finished in the top-five in the weight throw competition. Redshirt sophomore Antonio James claimed his third win of the season in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 21.59m/ 70-10 setting the new school record. Meanwhile, redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh recorded a mark of 20.30m/ 66-7¼ to finish second. With a mark of 17.70m/ 58-1, redshirt freshman Connor Kostrzewa earned a fourth-place finish. Freshman Ethan Siegert posted a mark of 13.97m/ 45-10 competing unattached to place ninth overall.
Pugh later earned a runner-up finish in the shot put with a mark of 17.43m/ 57-2¼, and James threw for a mark of 17.22m/ 56-6 to place third overall. Freshman Vincens Gjokaj finished eighth overall with a mark of 14.24m/ 46-8¾.
"I think we are exactly where we need to be right now," Newell said. "At Big Tens, there's always going to be excitement. It's such a hard conference in all events. The weight throw is almost a pre-national meet. I'm looking forward to see what happens. The marks are made, but we know they are just marks. It's about what you do and how you prepare yourself for this upcoming weekend at Big Tens."
Michigan State will prepare this week to face conference foes at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The two-day meet will be held on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.