April 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore Tori Franklin was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday, April 17. The Westmont, Ill., native is the Big Ten leader in the triple jump and earns her first outdoor conference laurel and third of her career. It marks the first Outdoor Athlete of the Week honors for Michigan State since 2008.
This past weekend, Franklin won the triple jump competition at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational in Athens, Ga. For the second meet in a row, she improved her career-best mark to 13.13m/ 43-1. Her winning mark moves her into third in the NCAA East Regional rankings and sixth in the nation.
Franklin received Indoor Co-Athlete of the Week honors on Feb. 13, 2012 after she set the MSU indoor record in the triple jump at the SPIRE Invitational. She posted a winning mark of 13.05m/ 42-9 ¾ to set the school record as a true freshman. She was first named Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Week on Jan. 16, 2012 as she posted a meet-record mark of 12.74m/ 41-09 ¾ in her first collegiate competition at the GVSU Open.
The Spartans will be back in action this weekend at the Jesse Owens Track Classic in Columbus, Ohio, as well as the EMU Twilight Invitational in Ypsilanti, Mich. Both meets will be held on Friday, April 19 and continue on Saturday, April 20.