April 15, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State track & field program heads to Bloomington, Ind., this weekend for its first scored meet of the year at Indiana on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. The Spartans will be joined at the Indiana Invitational by the host Hoosiers, Indiana State and Missouri. Competition begins on Saturday at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex with the women's hammer throw and both the men's pole vault and javelin events at 5:30 p.m. ET. Action is scheduled to be completed on Sunday with the first event expected to start at 11 a.m. ET. The meet will be scored using a 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system, with only two from each team scoring in each event.
Last Time Out...
MSU wrapped up action on Saturday, April 9 at the Sun Angel Track Classic hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. At the end of day two, the Spartans finished with a combined 16 top-5 performances, bringing their total to 22 for the weekend. On the day, MSU finished with seven personal-best marks and five season-best marks. Competition at Arizona State got off to a strong start for the Spartans as two school records were broken during the opening day of the meet. Senior Anthony Agrusa and sophomore Beth Rohl set the school records in the men's and women's hammer throw, respectively.
Although it's early in the season, the Spartans have already rewritten the MSU record books during the 2011 season. So far, five school records have been broken during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Hammer Throw (62.25m (204-3)) - Sun Angel Classic
Hammer Throw (59.94m (196-8)) - Sun Angel Classic
Weight Throw (20.69m (67-10 3/4)) - Big Ten Indoor Championships
Weight Throw (20.44m (67-0 3/4)) - GVSU Big Meet
Carlie Green, Alysson Bodenbach, Amelia Bannister and Emily MacLeod
Distance Medley Relay (11:17.62) - Meyo Invitational
Climbing the Rankings...
The MSU track & field team celebrates 27 Spartans that are ranked in the top-48 in the latest east region performance list - 10 women and 17 men. Senior Emily MacLeod leads all Spartans ranking third in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:21.30. Sophomore Beth Rohl follows closely as she is fourth in the discus throw with a 53.24m mark. Rohl also ranks sixth in the hammer throw with a school record mark of 59.94m. Junior Becca Buchholtz leads the jumpers as she is ninth in the high jump with a height of 1.79m. Senior Ashley Lawrence joins Rohl in the discus throw as she is 15th in the event with a season-best toss of 50.37m. Ashley Stacey is the highest ranked freshman on the team as she is 17th in the long jump with a leap of 6.09m. Junior Tiffany Evans is the top female steepler as she is 32nd in the 3,000m event with a time of 10:43.84. Sophomore Jaelynn Pryor is the top hurdler, ranking 27th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.69. Junior Leslie Aririguzo joins Pryor in the rankings as a hurdler as she is 38th in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.78. Senior Ashley Smith rounds out the women in the top-48 in the region, placing 40th in the pole vault with a season-high mark of 3.79m.
Senior Anthony Agrusa paces the men's side with his ninth-best ranking in the hammer throw with a school record mark of 62.25m. Sophomore Codi Mattix is the top jumper as he ranks 15th in the pole vault with a season-high 5.13m mark. Sophomore Josh McAlary paces the runners in the 1,500m with a time of 3:46.65, ranking 17th in the region. Juniors Kevin Jackson and Cliff Miller along with sophomore Kurt Schneider share the 18th-best mark in high jump as they each post a mark of 2.10m on the season. Sophomore Lonnie Pugh is the top male discus thrower for the Spartans as he is 21st in the event with a toss of 52.23m. Zack Hill is the top male freshman for the Green and White, ranking 22nd in the shot put with a toss of 17.26m. Both senior Spencer Beatty and junior Brad Wentzel rank 24th regionally the 3,000m steeplechase and hammer throw, respectively. Beatty boasts a time of 9:08.78 while Wentzel boasts a mark of 59.08. Junior Aaron Simoneau joins Beatty in the steeplechase as he is 24th in the event with a time of 9:09.25. Freshman Derik Peterman rounds out the male jumpers, ranking 29th in the pole vault with a height of 5.03m. Pugh boasts his second personal ranking in the hammer throw as he is 31st in the event with a toss of 58.20m. Junior Aaron Ide places 37th in the shot put with a throw of 50.25m. Junior Joe Banyai places 39th in the 800m run with a time of 1:51.61.Junior Jay Gillespie and Wentzel round out the men's side as they rank 44th and 45th in their respective events. Gillespie ranks in the hammer throw with a 56.91m mark, while Wentzel boasts a toss of 50.25m in the discus throw.
Qualifying for the Preliminary Championships...
Qualification to Preliminary Championship Competition is based on the descending order list for the season, segregated by east and west sites, and prepared solely from the mandatory submission of meet results during the season and adhering to the Qualifying Regulations published in the Championship Handbook. For each individual event contested at each Preliminary Championship Competition, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested at each Preliminary Championship Competition, the top 24 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition.
Three members of the Michigan State track & field team earned All-America honors following their performances last weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday, March 14. Earning first team honors for the Spartans were sophomores Lonnie Pugh and Beth Rohl while freshman Zack Hill received second team distinction.
Mid-Season USTFCCCA Report...
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its annual program report through the indoor track season and the Michigan State women's track & field and cross country programs rank 21st nationally. The Spartans are one of four Big Ten teams currently on the Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award list.
Big Ten Champs...
Senior Emily MacLeod opened the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a win in the 3,000-meter run. The Loveland, Ohio, native started the event on a high note for MSU as she won the first event title indoors in school history with a time of 9:22.83. MacLeod closed out the weekend with her second win when she clocked in a 16:25.65 in the 5,000-meter run.
Freshman Ashley Stacey captured her first conference crown of her career when she posted a personal-best leap of 12.69m in the triple jump. Stacey became only the second Spartan all-time to win an indoor triple jump title, joining Sherita Williams who won the event in 2001.
Post-Season Conference Honors...
Senior Emily MacLeod and freshman Ashley Stacey both received First Team All-Big Ten distinction for their conference championships. Joining MacLeod and Stacey with Second Team All-Big Ten honors were freshman Zack Hill, sophomore Lonnie Pugh and sophomore Beth Rohl.
The Spartans continue their outdoor season when members of the team will travel to both the EMU Twilight in Ypsilanti, Mich., and the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio. Action at EMU is scheduled to run from Friday-Saturday, April 22-23, while the Jessie Owens Classic will compete Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24.