Track & Field
Seven Spartans earn USTFCCCA All-American Honors
June 13, 2012
EAST LANSING, MICH. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announces those that earned USTFCCCA All-America distinctions for the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Honors are awarded for performances at the final site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships occurring the previous weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.
First-team USTFCCCA All-America honors are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships, or reach an eight-entrant final. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to 16th place.
Those who participated at the final site but did not place in the meet's top 16 are listed as honorable mention for the All-America award.
Lonnie Pugh was eleventh overall at the NCAA Championships in the Men's Discus Throw with an effort of 57.24 meters (187-9). Pugh was a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First Team All-American during the Indoor Season and is also the school-record holder in the Discus at 58.64m (192-4) and the Hammer Throw (62.82m / 206-1).
Tori Franklin earns her second All-American honor in 2012 in the Women's Triple Jump. In the championships, she earned her top mark of the outdoor season at 13.00 meters (42-8), which placed her 12th amongst competition. As only a true freshman, she broke the school's indoor record in the Triple Jump, leaping 13.34m (43-9 1/4) in a third place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and earned a bronze medal with a distance of 42-04 ¼ at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Leah O'Connor is also a Second Team All-American for her performance in the Women's 3000 Meter Steeplechase trials. She was the Big Ten Champion in the event this season and earned All-Big Ten First Team honors. Her career-best time of 10:03.40 came at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida.
Zack Hill placed 21st in the NCAA Championships in the Men's Shot Put with throws of 17.41 and 17.88 meters - but had his best throw of the outdoor season at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round with an effort of 18.87 meters. Hill earns his second All-American honor of the 2012 season after being named a First Team All-American during the Indoor Season.
Joining Lonnie Pugh in Men's Discus honors is Antonio James who placed 19th overall in the NCAA Championships at 54.11 meters. James had his career-best mark in the preliminary rounds with an effort of 54.6 meters (179-2). This is the first All-American honor for James, who was redshirted during the 2011 season.
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