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Spartan Women earn Five Medals on Day 3 of Big Tens

(from L to R) Jaelynn Prior, Alysson Bodenbach, Jellisa Westney, and Alicia Evans broke the school record in the 4x400 Relay.

May 14, 2012

Complete Results
Day Three Results

Walt Drenth- Interview
Becca Buchholtz- Interview
Sara Kroll- Interview
Jaelynn Pryor- Interview
Beth Rohl- Interview

MADISON, WIS. -  The Michigan State Track & Field program wrapped up the final day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships yesterday with five women making trips to the podium.  The women finished the weekend amassing a total of 72 points for sixth-place in the conference standings, while the men tallied 19 points for tenth.

Senior Becca Buchholtz capped her outstanding career within Big Ten competition with a silver medal in the High Jump, earning eight points for the Spartans.  This was the seventh-career medal for Buchholtz, a Wisconsin native, who placed second behind Nebraska's Marusa Cernjul.  Both athletes cleared a height of six feet (1.83 meters) in the finals, with Cernjul earning the victory due to less failed attempts at the 1.71 meter mark.

Buchholtz's height of 1.83 meters marks the second time in her career that she has broken the 6-foot barrier in the event.  Her teammate, Molly Duda, placed seventh while earning the first points of her career in Big Ten competition with two on a jump of 1.74 meters (5-8 ½).

Redshirt freshman Sara Kroll stayed with the front-runners in the women's 5000-Meter Run and held strong - finishing third - earning her first career bronze medal.  Her time of 16:24 was just eight seconds behind her personal best of 16:16.   Kroll, who notched six points for the Spartans, was the only freshman within the top eight finishers of the race.

One of most memorable races of the weekend came from Jaelynn Pryor in the Women's 400-Meter Hurdles who earned a bronze medal and dropped below the 58-second barrier for the first time in her career at 57.33 seconds.  She finished a fraction of a second ahead of Ohio State's Nyjah Cousar who ran 57.35.

Pryor's run gave MSU six points.

Pryor was also a part of the 4x400 Relay Team composed of Alysson Bodenbach, Jellisa Westney, and Alicia Evans who placed fourth overall, adding five points, and breaking a school record in the process.  Their time of 3:35.39 was nearly a five-second improvement over the previous mark of 3:40.19 set in 1991.

Beth Rohl won her fifth-career medal with a bronze in the Discus - in a day's best toss of 54.47 meters (178-08) for six points.  The medal was her second of the weekend after grabbing a bronze in the Hammer Throw on Friday.

Freshman Tori Franklin won her second medal in as many championship meets, taking bronze in the Triple Jump with a distance of (42-04 ¼).  Franklin was a silver medalist for the MSU in the event during her very first Big Ten Indoor Championship this past winter.

The Spartan women also earned points from Bodenbach (3) for her sixth-place, 53.63-second personal-best performance in the women's 400 meters, and from Leslie Aririguzo, who ran 13.52 seconds for five points in the 100-Meter Hurdles.

On the men's side; Zack Hill, Jarred Gambrell, and Stephen Humes earned points for Michigan State.

Hill placed seventh in the Shot Put, earning two points in an 18.04 meter (59-02 1/4) performance.  Gambrell, a freshman, tacked on two points in the Triple Jump (15.03 meters / 49-03 ¾), while Senior Stephen Humes dropped below the 1:50 mark for the second time this weekend running 1:49.83 in the 800 Meters for one point.



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