Track & Field
MSU Track & Field Heads To Big Ten Championships
May 8, 2013
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field team will travel to Columbus, Ohio to face conference foes in the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Hosted by Ohio State University, the events will be held Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the meet on May 19 at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
The majority of the team had their last meet at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays, where the Spartans earned 10 individual wins and 25 personal-best performances.
Winning their individual events at the Gina Relays were Sara Kroll (5,000m), Leah O'Connor (1,500m), Ben Miller (3,000m steeple), Kevin Jackson (high jump), Lindsay Seymour (400m hurdles), Chelsea Ross (100m hurdles), Jelissa Westney (100 and 200m), Lauren Lampman (800m), Austin Wissler (800m) and James Nixon (pole vault).
Recording personal-best performances at the Gina Relays were Melanie Brender (10,000m), Chris Collier (3,000 steeple), Meggan Freeland (3,000m steeple), Liana Eckert (3,000m steeple), Caleb Rhynard (1,500m), Lindsay Clark (1,500m), Sara Stassen (1,500m), Angela Swain (1,500m), Noriah Williams (200m), Brittany Dobson (800m), Eric Buday (800m), Edward Clifton (800m), Connor Kostzrewa (hammer), James Nixon (pole vault), Sarah Birkmeier (pole vault), Lindsey Seymour (400m hurdles), Jelissa Westney (100 and 200m), Janae Hill (100m), TeJuanna Williams (100 and 200m), Alicia Evans (200m), Lauren Lampman (800m), Austin Wissler (800m), Ryan Haag (800m) and Jibril Mims (400m).
MSU At The Big Ten Outdoor Championships
At the 2012 Big Ten Championships, the women finished in sixth place with 72 points, while the men earned 19 points to finish in 10th place.
As a redshirt freshman, Leah O'Connor won Michigan State's first gold medal of the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal-record time of 10:12.36.
Beth Rohl won the bronze in the hammer throw, shattering her own school record with a distance of 62.87m/ 206-3. She later won her sixth-career medal with a bronze in the discus with a throw of 54.47m/ 178-8.
Ashley Stacey claimed her third career Big Ten medal in the long jump, earning a bronze with a mark of 5.98m/ 19-7½. Tori Franklin won her first outdoor medal, taking bronze in the triple jump with a distance of (42-04 ¼). As the only freshman in the top-eight, Sara Kroll posted a time of 16:24.32 in the 5,000-meter run, earning her first career bronze medal.
Jaelynn Pryor, who also won a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles and dropped below the 58-second barrier for the first time in her career with a third-place time of 57.33. Pryor was also a part of the 4x400-meter relay team composed of Alysson Bodenbach, Jellisa Westney and Alicia Evans that placed fourth overall and broke the school record with a time of 3:35.39
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 led the Big Ten in the triple jump and earned her first outdoor conference laurel and third of her career. It marked the first Outdoor Athlete of the Week honors for Michigan State since 2008.
Qualifying for the NCAA Preliminary Championships
Climbing the Rankings
The following Spartans rank among the top-five in the Big Ten conference this season:
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