Feb. 10, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior Tori Franklin has been named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday (Feb. 10). She broke her own school record in the triple jump, posting a career-best mark of 13.39m/43-11¼ to win the event at this past weekend’s Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame.
Her record-breaking mark currently tops the Big Ten and ranks No. 3 in the nation on the NCAA Division I Indoor qualifying list. In the conference, Franklin sits an entire foot and nine inches ahead of second-ranked Ellie Ewere from Nebraska.
She earned her second individual win of 2014 in the event, bouncing back after tying for 10th place in the long jump with a mark of 5.81m/19-¾.
Winning her third conference laurel of her career, she received her first Big Ten weekly honor after posting the best triple jump mark in the conference in just her first competition in the green and white on Jan. 14, 2012. Her second came also during her freshman campaign when she set the previous school record at the SPIRE Invitational (Feb. 1, 2012) with a winning mark of 13.05m/ 42-9 ¾.
The Spartans will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 as they travel to Geneva, Ohio for the SPIRE Invitational, the site of the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships. MSU will also send members of the team to the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.