April 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field team kicked off the weekend at the Spec Towns National Invitational in Athens, Ga., on Friday afternoon. Hosted by the University of Georgia, the Spartans highlighted Friday's events with two individual wins and three personal-best performances.
"It was a good day," said assistant coach John Newell. "They did well. It was a beautiful day today. They worked on some things that we've been working on in training. I'm certainly happy with the direction they are going in. We want them to work on things they've been doing in practice without over thinking and that can be a challenge. For keeping their composure and trying to make some technical changes, they didn't look too bad. We're expecting more out of them in the future, but I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Redshirt senior Beth Rohl also claimed a win in the women's hammer throw, recording a mark of 59.93m/ 196-7. With a runner-up finish in the men's hammer throw, sophomore Antonio James posted a mark of 59.98m/ 196-9.
The highlight of the day came form MSU taking first and second-place honors in the women's triple jump. Earning her second individual win in the event this season, sophomore Tori Franklin improved her outdoor personal-best mark to 13.13m/ 43-1. Junior Ashley Stacey finished second, posting her outdoor personal record of 12.66m/ 41-6½. For the second meet in a row, sophomore Jarred Gambrell hit a personal record in the triple jump as he posted a career-best mark of 15.34m/ 50-4 to place third overall.
"The jumpers had a fantastic day," said Newell. "They did some good things considering we didn't get here until late last night. It was a good day."
Meanwhile, the women's 4x400-meter relay improved to a season-best time of 3:38.63. The team of sophomores Alicia Evans, Jaelynn Pryor, Jellisa Westney and redshirt senior Alysson Bodenbach finished third overall.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow, April 13 for day two of the Spec Towns Invite with events scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.