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MSU Track & Field Splits Weekend Competition

Redshirt senior Keenan Michael is currently No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 5 in the NCAA East Region in the 400m hurdles.

April 18, 2013

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Jesse Owens Classic Meet Information

EMU Twilight Invitational Meet Information

Larry Ellis Invitational Meet Information

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field program will split competition this weekend as the team heads to the Jesse Owens Track Classic, the EMU Twilight Invitational and the Larry Ellis Invitational.  

Hosted by the Ohio State University, the Jesse Owens Track Classic will see competition with athletes from over 35 colleges. The meet will be held in Columbus, Ohio, at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with events scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19 and continue Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m.

The Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Twilight Invitational will be held at the Olde-Marshall Track in Rynearson Stadium. Friday’s events are scheduled for 3 p.m., while events on Saturday will start at 10 a.m.

A handful of Spartans will also be traveling to Princeton University for the Larry Ellis Invitational. They will compete on Friday with events to begin at 12 p.m..

Last Time Out
MSU was represented at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational last weekend in Athens, Ga.  The Spartans posted three individual wins and nine personal-best performances.

Improving his personal best by 10 feet in the men's discus throw, redshirt sophomore Antonio James turned in a big personal record of 58.04m/ 190-5 for a runner-up finish. The mark surpassed that of the 2012 Big Ten discus champion and moves him into the No. 3 spot in the conference rankings.

Big Ten leader and No. 3 NCAA East Region in the triple jump, sophomore Tori Franklin posted a winning mark of 13.13m/ 43-1. Junior Ashley Stacey (No. 3 in the Big Ten) and sophomore Jarred Gambrell (No. 4 in the Big Ten) also turned in personal-bests in the triple jump competition with marks of 12.66m/ 41-6½ and 15.34m/ 50-4, respectively.

Redshirt senior Beth Rohl took home two individual wins at the meet last weekend. She recorded a mark of 59.93m/ 196-7 to claim a win on the first day of competition in the hammer throw, before taking home first-place honors in the discus throw on day two with a mark of 51.87m/ 170-2.

Conference Honors
For her winning mark at the Spec Towns Invitational, sophomore Tori Franklin was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week 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.

Qualifying for the NCAA Preliminary Championships
Qualification to NCAA 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. 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.

Climbing the Rankings
Michigan State currently has 21 individuals and two relays in the top-48 in the NCAA East Regional rankings. The women’s 4x400-meter relay is currently second in the Big Ten and No. 15 in the East Region, while the 4x100-meter relay is fourth in the conference and No. 22 in the East Region. The Spartans ranked in their individual events include the following student-athletes:

Keenan Michael 5th 400-meter hurdles (51.44)
Antonio James 5th Discus (58.04m/ 190-5)
16th Shot Put (17.86m/ 58-7½)
17th      Hammer (61.37m/ 201-4)
Caleb Rhynard 10th 5,000m (13:57.99
Josh McAlary 13th 1,500m (3:45.44)
Jarred Gambrell 17th Triple Jump (15.34m/ 50-4)
Lonnie Pugh 21st Discus (54.78m/ 179-9)
Cliff Miller/Derik Peterman T-28th Pole Vault (5.08m/ 16-8)
Austin Wissler 36th 800m (1:50.26)
Codi Mattix/ James Nixon T-38th Pole Vault (4.95m/ 16-2¾)
Tori Franklin 3rd     Triple Jump (13.13m/ 43-1)
48th 400m (54.75)
Beth Rohl 7th Discus (52.53m/ 172-4)
8th Hammer (60.12m/ 197-3)
Leah O'Connor 14th 1,500m (4:20.75)
32nd 3,000m Steeplechase (10:35.82)
Amanda Impellizeri 17th Pole Vault (4.02m/ 13-2¼)
Ashley Stacey 18th Triple Jump (12.66m/ 41-6½)
28th Long Jump (6.07m/ 19-11)
Jaelynn Pryor 20th 400m hurdles (59.45)
Rachel McFarlane 37th 5,000m (16:29.74)
Sarah Birkmeier 41st Pole Vault (3.87m/ 12-8¼)
Katie Landwehr 45h 3,000m Steeple (10:41.31)
Alicia Evans 46th 200m (24.00)

The following Spartans rank among the top-five in the Big Ten conference this season:

Antonio James 3rd   Discus (58.04m/ 190-5)
Josh McAlary 4th 1,500m (3:54.04)
Caleb Rhynard   4th 5,000-meter (13:57.99)
Keenan Michael 4th 400-meter hurdles (51.44)
Jarred Gambrell 5th Triple Jump (15.34m/ 50-4)
Tori Franklin 1st     Triple Jump (13.13m/ 43-1)
Amanda Impellizzeri 2nd Pole Vault (4.02m/ 13-2¼)
Leah O'Connor 2nd 1,500-meter run (4:20.75)
Ashley Stacey 3rd Long Jump (6.07m/ 19-11)
3rd Triple Jump (12.66m/ 41-6½)
Beth Rohl 4th Discus (56.85m/ 186-6)
5th Hammer (62.87m/ 206-3)
Sarah Birkmeier 5th Pole Vault (3.87m/ 12-8¾)
Jaelynn Pryor 5th 400-meter hurdles (57.33)

Next Up
The Spartans will again disperse across the country to compete at the nationally-renowned Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., and the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. Events will begin on Wednesday, April 24 and continue through Saturday, April 27.



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