March 24, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field team had all six Spartans competing at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships earn All-American honors, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The organization also announced that the Michigan State women are currently in 10th in the Program of the Year standings.
First-team honors were given to those who placed in the championships’ top eight in an event or were a member of an eight-person final. Second team honors were earned by those who finished between ninth and 16th place.
Receiving First-Team honors for the second-straight year, redshirt junior Antonio James placed fourth overall in the men’s weight throw to earn the distinction. Breaking his own school record, James threw for a mark of 22.42m/73-6¾. He also earned Second-Team All-American honors in the shot put. In his second event in as many days, James finished 16th in the event with a mark of 17.90m/ 58-8¾ to earn the fourth All-American recognition of his career.
Junior Tori Franklin also received First-Team All-American honors, as she turned in a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 13.17m/ 43-2½. It is the fourth First-Team All-American recognition of her career, second for the indoor season.
Rounding out the Spartans who received first-team honors was redshirt junior Leah O’Connor. She earned her second First-Team All-American recognition with a seventh-place overall finish in the mile with a time of 4:40.86.
Earning the first All-American honor of his career, redshirt senior Kurt Schneider received second-team recognition for his performance in the heptathlon. He finished 10th overall with a total of 5.686 points, including a win in the high jump, tying his career-high mark of 2.15m/7-½. He and Pau Tonneson of Arizona shared the mark, but Tonneson in more attempts, to set the new NCAA Championship meet record in the multi-event.
Also receiving Second-Team All-American honors was redshirt sophomore Caleb Rhynard, who posted a time of 8:19.80 to place 13th overall in the men’s 3,000-meter race. It is the second All-American honor of his career, first for the indoor season.
In her first trip to the national meet, redshirt freshman Rachele Schulist earned Second-Team All-American honors as she finished 15th in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:42.71.
Also announced by the USTFCCCA were the updated Program of the Year standings. The Program of the Year Awards are awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs. The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field seasons) based on the institution’s finish at the NCAA Championships. Thus far, the Michigan State women sit in 10th place, following its sixth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and 35th-place team finish at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The Spartans will officially kick off the 2013-14 outdoor season with a trip down to the Raleigh Relays on the campus of N.C. State University on March 28 and 29.