Jan. 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After a strong showing at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open, the Michigan State track & field program will travel to South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, Jan. 19 for the Notre Dame Invitational. The all-day meet will be held at the Loftus Center and action is slated to begin at 10 a.m.
"Last weekend, we competed sparingly to get some of the student-athletes the opportunity to hit their mark," said assistant coach Randy Gillon. "But this weekend, we will probably be at full capacity. We are really looking to see kids compete with great purpose and start to establish themselves and set the tone for the season. For our returners, we really want to give them the opportunity to get off their mark and establish themselves at the caliber of an athlete that we can rely on. For some of our younger people, it is still an opportunity for them to gain experience. That will be a big part of this weekend."
The Spartans kicked off the 2013 indoor season with a band as many returners and newcomers had strong performances in the first meet of the year. Among the veterans, redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh took home a win in the shot put with a mark of 17.58m/57-8¼, while returner Alysson Bodenbach finished first in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:32.05.
Stepping up for the Spartans was sophomore Lauren Lampman who made a dramatic comeback to anchor the 4x400-meter relay to a win. In addition, sophomore Owen Hughes claimed a win in the high jump with a mark of 2.10m/6-10¾.
A complete schedule of events for the Notre Dame Invitational can found here:
Michigan State in Preseason Top-20 rankings:
On the men's side, Pugh ranks sixth in the weight throw (21.40m/70-2½), redshirt junior Zack Hill ranks seventh in the shot put (19.25m/63-2), redshirt sophomore Antonio James is 10th in the weight throw (20.92m/68-7¾), and senior Kurt Schneider ranks 13th in the heptathlon with a total score of 5,648.
For the women, sophomore Tori Franklin tied for second in rankings in the triple jump with a mark of 13.34m/43-9¼, redshirt senior Beth Rohl ranks seventh in the weight throw (20.99m/68-10½), Bodenbach ranks 15th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.56, senor Shatora Lewis is 16th in the weight throw (20.06m/65-9¾) and redshirt sophomore Sara Kroll is 18th in the 3,000-meter with a time of 9:12.25.
Next weekend, the Spartans will return to GVSU as the Lakers host a dual meet with MSU and in-state rival Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.