March 30, 2012
Day 1: Complete Results
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - Zack Hill claimed first place in the men's shot put and had a personal best and fourth-place finish in the discus to lead Michigan State in the first day of action at the Raleigh Relays.
Hill's effort of 18.48m (60-07 ¾) in the shot put was a more than a meter above second place finisher Brice Paey of New Hampshire. Hill was also a part of a strong Spartan representation in the discus in which teammates Lonnie Pugh (55.46m / 181-11) and Antonio James (53.05m / 174-00) took second and third place, respectively.
The top thrower on the day for the women was Catherine Daniels who placed fifth in the women's shot put at 14.06m (46-01 ½).
Michigan State had a strong performance from Cliff Miller who tied for first-place and tied a personal best in the pole vault, passing the bar at 4.95m (16-02 ¾).
In the high jump, Kurt Schneider and Owen Hughes both leapt 6-10 ¾ (2.10m), while Schneider placed sixth in the long jump at 23-03 ¼ (7.09m).
In sprints, Michigan State had a fifth-place performance from Alysson Bodenbach who ran 54.73 in the women's 400 meters, while Leslie Aririguzo raced to fourth place (13.83) in the preliminaries of the women's 100 meter hurdles.
The women's distance team had numerous bests on day one:
- A sixth-place, personal record from Tiffany Evans in the women's 3000 meter steeplechase (10:33.85).
- Sara Kroll led the way placing fourth overall in the women's 1500 with a time of 4:24.46. She was followed by teammates Leah O'Connor (4:24.92, PR), Carlie Green (4:27.40), Rachel McFarlane (4:33.26, PR), and Veronica Wilson (4:39.40).
- Megan Rodgers (16:56, PR) and Klare Essad (17:12, PR) in the women's 5000 meter run.
Men's distance had four participants in the 1500 meters. Josh McAlary led with a time 3:45.19 while Ben Miller followed at 3:52.02. Not far behind were David Madrigal and Alex Wilson at 3:52.71 and 3:54.40, respectively.