April 22, 2012
ALLENDALE, MICH. - Michigan State finished action yesterday at the Al Owens Classic with three individual wins - two in throwing events - and numerous top five finishes in the two day event held at Grand Valley State University. The Spartans fielded a small squad for the meet, with other select competitors being sent to the Polytan Invitational at the University of Indiana.
Zack Hill, Antonio James, and Drake Veitenheimer turned in winning marks for MSU.
Hill, a redshirt sophomore, topped all competition in the shot put with a distance of 17.44 meters. Not far behind was redshirt senior Aaron Ide who placed second with 16.87.
Continuing with throws, redshirt freshmen Antonio James topped Hill in the discus, with James' 51.36 meters to Hill's 49.82. Michigan State would also find success in the hammer throw with Jay Gillespie earning a new personal record and finishing in second place with 61.23 meters. Teammate Lonnie Pugh placed fourth with a toss of 57.11 meters.
In distance, redshirt freshman Drake Veitenheimer would earn his first collegiate victory in the men's 1500 meters. Veitenheimer's time of 3:52.84 would be a new personal best, beating his previous mark of 3:53.28 which he set at the Spartan Invitational two weeks ago. Fellow distance runner Ben Carruthers placed four spots down with at time of 3:57.10, which was good for fifth place.
The lone middle-distance competitor was Stephen Humes who participated in the 800-meter run. Humes' would clock in at 1:53.15, good enough for second place behind Dylan Anderson of Michigan Tech who ran 1:52.03.
Michigan State had two high placements in the javelin event. Senior Stephanie Bochenek earned the top mark for the green and white in a second place finish with a distance of 37.44 meters. Taking fifth was redshirt junior Theresa O'Leary who had a throw of 34.09 meters.
The Spartans had two third place finishes in women's throws. Beth Rohl had an effort of 53.47 meters in the women's discus, while Catherine Daniels tossed 13.62 meters in the shot put.