Track & Field
Track & Field Travel to SPIRE Invitational and GVSU Big Meet
Feb. 7, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field program will split competition this week as part of the team will head to the SPIRE Invitational, while others will travel to the GVSU Big Meet.
The Spartans will return to Allendale, Mich., for the third time this season as they compete in the GVSU Big Meet at the Kelly Family Sports Center. A total of 60 schools will participate at the meet with events scheduled to begin on Friday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. and continue Saturday, Feb. 9.
Michigan State will also be sending competitors to the SPIRE NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Team Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. The facility will also host the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships. Events will be held on Friday and Saturday.
Last Time Out
Meanwhile, the throwers traveled to Ohio for the Findlay Open. For the second-straight meet, redshirt senior Beth Rohl (No. 5) claimed an individual title in the weight throw while breaking a facility and meet record, as she hit a mark of 21.38m/ 70-1¾ in the elite competition. In the shot put, redshirt sophomore Antonio James (No. 13) threw for a mark of 17.91m/ 58-9¼ to place fifth overall in the elite competition.
Climbing the Rankings
The top-ranked Spartan for the women is Franklin who ranks third overall in the country with a mark of 13.34m/ 43-9¼ in the triple jump. Rohl remains in the top-five in the weight throw with her school-record mark to 21.40m/ 70-2½. Bodenbach ranks 20th in the 400-meter with a time of 53.56, while redshirt junior Sara Kroll sits at 22nd with a time of 9:12.25 in the 3,000-meter run.
In addition to O'Connor's 28th ranked time of 4:40.41 in the mile, senior Amanda Impellizzeri is No. 32 in the pole vault with a mark of 4.05m/ 13-3½.
On the men's side, redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh remains in the top-10 nationally with a sixth-ranked mark of 21.40m/ 70-2½, while teammate Antonio James's mark of 20.92m/ 68-7¾ places him 13th. Senior Kurt Schneider sits at 14th in the heptathlon with 5,648 pts.
O'Connor broke the facility, school and her personal record as she took home an individual win in the one-mile run with a time of 4:40.41 at the Michigan dual meet. Rohl received the Field Athlete of the Week honor from the Big Ten for the second-straight week. She broke her own school record in the weight throw, winning the event in the Michigan dual meet with a personal-best mark of 21.40m/ 70-2. She earns the third indoor track & field award of her career and second this season.
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