March 31, 2012
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - The women's 4x1500 meter relay team comprised of Sara Kroll, Rachel McFarlane, Carlie Green, and Leah O'Connor claimed first place on Saturday and set a new school record, highlighting MSU's second-day action at the Raleigh Relays.
With a total time of 18:27.05, the relay team smashed the school's outdoor record of 18:51.87 which was set in 1997.
Michigan State also found success in the women's 4x400 and the men's 4x1500. The women's team of Alysson Bodenbach, Amelia Bannister, Alicia Evans, and Jaelynn Pryor (which broke the school's indoor record earlier this season) put up a fine performance this afternoon, placing third with 3:42.42. The men's distance team - which included Ben Miller, David Madrigal, Alex Wilson, and Josh McAlary - also placed third with a combined time of 15:46.64.
The Spartans had four athletes who notched individual wins. Jaelynn Pryor was the top finisher in the women's 400 meter hurdles, nearly breaking the minute barrier at 1:00.15. Amanda Impellizzeri was victorious in the women's pole vault with a height of 3.85m (12-07 ½), and Beth Rohl claimed another outright win - this time in the hammer throw with a distance of 57.16m (187-06).
Lonnie Pugh was first in the hammer throw, leading a trio of Spartan throwers in the top ten with the day's best distance of 57.88m (189-11). Pugh was complimented by Jay Gillespie who placed third (57.55m / 188-10) and Antonio James at fifth (56.28m / 184-08).
After yesterday's preliminary qualification, Leslie Aririguzo went on to claim second place in the women's 100 meter hurdles, posting a time of 13.55.
Stephanie Bochenek made her collegiate debut in the women's javelin, placing fifth in the field at 40.73 (133-07).
Jarred Gambrell continued to build on his success from the indoor season, opening outdoors with a fifth-place finish in the men's triple jump (14.83m / 48-08.00).
The Spartans continue their outdoor season next week with the Spartan Invitational on April 6-7.