Track & Field
Track & Field Set To Compete At Big Ten Indoor Championships
Feb. 21, 2013
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field program will return to the SPIRE institute this weekend to compete against conference foes in the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships. Competition will begin on Friday, Feb. 22 and continue on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Geneva, Ohio.
Big Ten Indoor Championship History
At the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships, the women finished fifth overall with 77.5 points and were led by three medalists. Looking to follow-up this year will be Beth Rohl who earned a bronze medal in the weight throw with a mark of 20.38m/ 66-10½. In the long jump, Ashley Stacey brought home another bronze with a mark of 6.05m/ 19-10¼. Winning a silver medal as a freshman, Tori Franklin will look to improve in the triple jump after her mark of 12.84m/ 42-1½.
Also scoring for the Spartans and returning in 2013, Sara Kroll clocked a time of 9:26.38 to place fourth in the 3,000-meter. Placing seventh in the in the mile with a time of 4:48.54 was Leah O'Connor. Stacey also finished seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 12.47m/ 40-11. The women's 4x400-meter relay placed third for the Spartans, clocking a time of 3:39.90 while the distance medley relay finished sixth with a time of 11:30.69.
Meanwhile, the men's team compiled a total of 32.33 points to place ninth at last year's Championships. Scoring for Michigan State was DeVantré Whitelow, who finished fifth in the 60-meter dash, while Josh McAlary placed seventh in the mile with a time of 4:08.58.
In the weight throw, Lonnie Pugh finished fifth with a mark of 20.78m/ 68-2¼ and Antonio James threw for a mark of 20.61m/ 67-7½ to place sixth overall. Pugh also scored points for the Spartans, placing eighth in the shot put with a mark of 17.81m/ 58-5¼. Codi Mattix posted a mark of 5.12m/ 16-9½ to place seventh in the pole vault, while Kevin Jackson also finished eighth in high jump with a height of 2.07m/ 6-9½.
Last Time Out
On the track, redshirt freshman Lauren Lampman placed second overall in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 57.14.
Qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships, redshirt sophomore Antonio James claimed his third win of the season in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 21.59m/ 70-10 setting the new school record. Meanwhile, redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh recorded a mark of 20.30m/ 66-7¼ to finish second.
Pugh later earned a runner-up finish in the shot put with a mark of 17.43m/ 57-2¼, and James threw for a mark of 17.22m/ 56-6 to place third overall.
• Leah O'Connor
• Beth Rohl
• Amanda Impellizzeri
• Antonio James
Big Ten Performance List
Climbing the Rankings
The top-ranked Spartan for the women is Rohl, who ranks sixth in the weight throw with her school-record mark to 21.40m/ 70-2½. In addition to O'Connor's 22nd ranked time of 4:38.39 in the mile, senior Amanda Impellizzeri is No. 25 in the pole vault with a mark of 4.05m/ 13-3½.
On the men's side, James's mark of 21.59m/ 70-10 moved him into the fourth overall spot in the weight throw while redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh remains in the top-10 nationally with a ninth-ranked mark of 20.85m/ 68-5. Senior Kurt Schneider sits at 15th in the heptathlon with 5,648 pts. Rounding out the Spartans, redshirt senior Josh McAlary is ranked 37th in the mile with a time of 4:00.52. Rounding out the Spartans, James also ranks No. 34 in the shot put with a mark of 18.10m/ 59-4¾.
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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