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Spartans to compete in Raleigh Relays

Alysson Bodenbach is a member of the record-breaking 4x400 relay team

March 29, 2012

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State Track & Field program opens its 2012 outdoor season tomorrow when it travels to the Raleigh Relays, held on the campus North Carolina State University at the Paul Derr Track and Field facility.  Friday action will begin at 10:15 a.m. with the men's discus while Saturday competition begins at 9:30 a.m. with the men's and women's race walk.

Record-Breaking Spartans...

Several indoor track records were broken in 2012:

35-lb Weight Throw
Lonnie Pugh - 21.40m (70-02 1/2) - 2012, Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational

1000 meters
Ben Miller - 2:23.89 - 2012, Notre Dame Invitational

Shot Put
Zack Hill - 19.25m (63-2) - 2012, NCAA Division I Indoor Championships

60-meter Hurdles
Leslie Aririguzo - 8.26 - 2012, Big 10 Indoor Championships

• 500 meters
Brittany Lewis - 1:12.85 - 2012, Notre Dame Invitational

• 600 meters
Brittany Lewis - 1:28.78 - 2012, Big 10 Indoor Championships

• 3000 meters
Sara Kroll - 9:12.25 - 2012, Spire Invitational

• 20-lb Weight Throw
Beth Rohl - 20.99m (68-10 1/2) - 2012, Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational



• Triple Jump
Tori Franklin - 13.05m (42-9 3/4) - 2012, NCAA Division I Indoor Championships

• High Jump
Becca Buchholtz - 1.83m (6-0) - 2012, Notre Dame Invitational

• 1,600 meter+/Mile Relay+/4x400 Relay
Brittany Lewis, Amelia Bannister, Jaelynn Pryor, Alysson Bodenbach - 3:39.79 - 2012, Indiana University Relays

Indoor All-Americans...

Six members of the Michigan State track & field team earned All-America honors following their performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Beth Rohl (weight throw) and Tori Franklin (triple jump) earned first team All-America honors for the Michigan State women.

First team honors on the men's side went to Zack Hill (shot put) and Lonnie Pugh (weight throw).  Fifth-year Senior Jay Gillespie (weight throw) earned second team All-America honors. 

Honorable Mention honors went to Senior Becca Buchholtz (high jump).

Big Ten Medalists...
Senior Becca Buchholtz claimed her fourth-career gold medal in the high jump.  Buchholtz is Michigan State's record holder in the high jump, passing the six-foot mark earlier this year at the Notre Dame Invitational in January. 

Beth Rohl earned a bronze in women's weight throw.  Rohl has three career indoor medals, including a Big Ten title in 2009 and a second-place finish in 2011.  Newcomer Brittany Lewis won the silver in the women's 600-meter finals, shattering the school-record and her own Canadian Junior Women's record in the process.  Sophomore Ashley Stacey earned her second career medal with a bronze in the women's long jump finals while freshman Tori Franklin earned her first career medal with a silver in the triple jump. 

The lone medal winner for the men was Redshirt Sophomore Zack Hill who won the bronze in the shot put.  Hill placed second in the same event at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last season.

Post-Season Conference Honors...
Becca Buchholtz received First Team All-Big Ten distinction for her conference victory while Second Team All-Big Ten honors went to Tori Franklin and Brittany Lewis.

Next Up...
The Spartans continue their outdoor season with the only home meet of the season, the Spartan Invitational on April 6-7 at the Ralph Young Track and Field Facility.

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