June 1, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In the final day of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Round on Saturday, three members of the Michigan State outdoor track & field team qualified for the NCAA Championships. Junior Tori Franklin (triple jump), junior Antonio James (discus) and freshman Rachele Schulist (5,000m) finished in the top-12 to advance to Eugene.
In all, five Spartans will compete at the NCAA Championships on June 11-14, James also qualified in the shot put on Thursday, Leah O'Connor (3000m steeplechase) advanced on Thursday, and Kurt Schneider had previously posted a qualifying mark in the decathlon.
Franklin placed second in the triple jump on Saturday, jumping a season-high 13.49m (44-3¼). It will be her third-straight trip to the NCAAs in the triple jump. Senior Ashley Stacey was 30th in the triple jump, reaching 12.51m (41-½).
James qualified for the NCAAs in his second event, finishing eighth in the discus with a toss of 58.48m (191-10). He will be in Eugene in the discus for the third-straight season, and will also compete in the shot put.
Schulist, in her first NCAA Regional, was 11th in the 5,000m, crossing in 16:09.34. Four other Spartans ran in the women's 5,000m, as freshman Alexis Wiersma was 18th in 16:29.02, junior Sara Kroll was 20th in 16:30.48, sophomore Lindsay Clark was 27th in 16:37.08 and junior Julia Otwell was 30th in 16:42.67.
Schneider barely missed qualifying in his second event, finishing 14th in the high jump on Saturday, tying his season high with a distance of 2.10m (6-10¾).
Also competing today and not advancing, freshman Tim Ehrhardt topped his season-best by .07m in the pole vault, but placed 22nd with a height of 5.17m (16-11½). In the same event, junior Tim Canfield was 27th in - 5.02m (16-5½). In the men's 5000m, sophomore Caleb Rhynard placed 17th in 14:18.16.