Feb. 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field team concluded action at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships on Sunday, Feb. 27. The Spartans concluded the day with two individual titles as Emily MacLeod won her second of the weekend and Ashley Stacey captured her first. The women finished sixth in West Lafayette, Ind., while the men wrapped up action in Champaign, Ill., eighth.
MacLeod captured the 5,000-meter crown to win her second individual title of the weekend with a season-best time of 16:25.65. MacLeod becomes MSU's first multi-event champion at an indoor conference championships since 1997 when Sevatheda Fynes won both the 55-meter and the 200-meter dashes. MacLeod won the school's first 5,000-meter title since Jamie Krzyminski in 2004. MacLeod becomes only the second different individual in program history to win a 5,000-meter crown and the fourth title overall.
Stacey captured her first Big Ten crown of her career when she posted a personal-best leap of 12.69m in the triple jump. Stacey becomes only the second Spartan all-time to win an indoor triple jump title in program history, joining Sherita Williams who won the event in 2001.
Both MacLeod and Stacey earned First Team All-Big Ten honors for their performances this weekend.
Placing second in the men's weight throw with a school-record toss of 20.69m was Lonnie Pugh. Fellow thrower Beth Rohl was second in the women's weight throw with a 20.33m mark. Pugh and Rohl both earned Second Team All-Big Ten recognition.
Amelia Bannister clocked a personal best mark of 1:29.79 in the 600-meter run, good enough for third overall.
Becca Buchholtz also placed third overall as she turned in a mark of 1.76m in the high jump.
Cliff Miller placed fourth in the high jump with a 2.14m jump.
Kurt Schneider wound up placing fifth in the heptathlon with a score of 5349 points.
Leslie Aririguzo came back to turn in a personal-best time of 8.39 in the 60-meter hurdles for sixth place.
Jay Gillespie joined Pugh in the top-10 of the weight throw with a personal-high 19.84m mark.
Yury Ratomski placed eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.94.
The Spartans return to action next weekend (March 4-5) for the Alex Wilson Last chance held in Notre Dame, Ind., on the campus of Notre Dame. This will mark the third time this season MSU will travel to UND.