Jan. 24, 2013
WATCH: Track & Field Preview
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track & field will return to Allendale, Mich., for the second time this month as GVSU hosts a dual meet between the Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines. The meet will be held on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at GVSU's Kelly Family Sports Complex.
This event will mark the first-ever indoor dual meet between Michigan and Michigan State's women's programs, while the Spartan and Wolverine men have not met head-to-head in an indoor dual meet since 1976.
Tickets prices for the day of meet are as follows: $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors (general admission) and $15 for a VIP track-level pass. For additional ticket information, please call 616-331-3200.
Last weekend, the Spartans continued to show progress at the Notre Dame Invitational. The men claimed top honors at the meet with a total of 181 points, while the women posted a team score of 157 to place second overall. Michigan State brought home 13 individual wins at the meet.
Highlighting the meet was redshirt senior Beth Rohl who had a record-setting day as she broke the facility and school record in the weight throw with a mark of 21.27m/69-9½. For her accomplishment, she earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors, the second conference laurel of her career. The New Buffalo, Mich., native was selected as the 2011 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to ever be named Big Ten Athlete of the Year or Big Ten Athlete of the Championships in either field or track.
The women are currently ranked No. 24 in the USTFCCCA weekly rankings. Individually, the Spartans have placed 13 in the top-20 national ranking in the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).
For the women, sophomore Alicia Evans ranks fourth in the 500-meter ( 1:13.22), but redshirt sophomore Jaelynn Pryor is just behind at fifth with a time of 1:13.24. Redshirt senior Alysson Bodenbach is ranked ninth in the 600-meter run (1:32.05) and 17th in the 800-meter run (2:10.65). In the 1,000-meter run, redshirt sophomore Leah O'Connor breaks in at the 20th spot with a time of 2:51.14. Redshirt junior Amanda Imperllizzeri is tied for 17th in the pole vault (4.05m/13-3½), while Rohl ranks third overall in the weight throw (21.27m/69-9½). The women's 4x400 relay team is also ranked at No. 13 with a time of 3:42.54.
On the men's side, sophomore Austin Wissler is ranked 17th in the 800-meter run (1:52.30), while teammate Keenan Michael ranks 15th in the 400-meter (47.55). Redshirt freshman Stephon Foster sits at 19th in the 500-meter run (1:04.71) and redshirt senior Joe Banyai ranks 15th in the 1,000-meter (2:25.12). In the shot put, redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh is ranked third overall (16.95m/55-7½), while redshirt sophomore Antonio James close behind at 5th with a mark of 16.45m/53-11¾.
The Spartans will return to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational on Feb. 1-2.