March 16, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Led by three top-10 finishes, the Michigan State track & field team concluded competition at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at University of New Mexico. Tori Franklin finished fifth overall in the triple jump, Leah O'Connor turned in a seventh-place time in the mile and Kurt Schneider finished 10th in the heptathlon on the final day in Albuquerque, N.M.
"I thought we competed pretty well," said director of track & field/Cross Country Walt Drenth. "We had a presence in a lot of the meet and it was great progress. We made some errors, but there was never a lack of effort from start to finish. There were a lot of learning opportunities. Everybody but Kurt will be back next season. This meet is unforgiving. The performances are tremendous. But these are things we have to learn. From my standpoint, we didn't make any bad mistakes. We made a lot of good mistakes today. Everybody but Kurt will be back next season. If we learn from the things that we did today, we'll be better outdoors and when they come back next year."
Tori Franklin turned in a fifth-place finish in the triple jump, recording a mark of 13.17m/ 43-2½.
In the mile, redshirt junior Leah O'Connor finished seventh overall with as she clocked a time of 4:40.86.
Redshirt senior Kurt Schneider wrapped up competition in the heptathlon, placing 10th overall with a total of 5.686 points. On Saturday, he finished sixth overall in the 1,000-meter run as he clocked a time of 2:47.25. Schneider also placed 12th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.39. In the pole vault, he turned in a mark of 4.35m/ 14-3¼ to finish 14th.
The final qualifier in the men's 3,000-meter race, redshirt sophomore Caleb Rhynard posted a time of 8:19.80 to place 13th overall.
Rachele Schulist was the only freshman in the women's 3,000-meter race, finishing 15th with a time of 9:42.71.
In his second event in as many days, redshirt junior Antonio James finished 16th in the shot put competition with a mark of 17.90m/ 58-8¾.
The Spartans will take a week off before traveling to the campus of N.C. State for the Raleigh Relays on March 28 and 29.