June 16, 2014
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Four members of the Michigan State track & field team were named All-Americans from the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today. Junior Leah O'Connor was a first team selection, while junior Tori Franklin, senior Kurt Schneider and freshman Rachele Schulist were listed on the second team.
First-team All-America honors were awarded to those who finished among the top-eight in an event, while second team honors went to those who finished between ninth and 16th and honorable mention honors were given to the remaining finishers.
O'Connor won the 3,000m steeplechase title on Friday, setting set a school record with a time of 9:36.43 to become the first steeplechase champion in MSU history. O'Connor topped the field by over seven seconds, and broke the school record by almost three seconds, besting Nicole Bush's time of 9:39.38, set in 2009. Her margin of victory was the largest at nationals since 2010.
She was the first Spartan outdoor champion since Sevetheda Fynes won the 100m and 200m in 1997, and just the fifth women's NCAA outdoor champion in program history. It is her third All-America honor at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and her fourth overall.
Franklin placed 13th in the triple jump on Friday with a mark of 12.76m (41-10½), earning herself second-team All-America honors. She is now a five-time All-American in the triple jump, including all three seasons in outdoors.
Schneider totaled 7,429 points to place 15th in the decathlon on Wednesday and Thursday, to also garner second-team recognition. It was Schneider's second career All-America honor and first in the outdoor decathlon. He became just the second Spartan to receive All-America honors in the decathlon, joining Paul Terek (2001, 2002).
Schulist placed ninth in the 5,000m race, crossing in a time of 16:05.68, in her first NCAA Outdoor Championships. It is her second second-team All-America honor of the year, also earning that recognition in the indoor 3,000m. She was also the top freshman finisher in the field on Saturday and exceeded her seed as she entered the NCAAs ranked 20th in the nation.
Junior Antonio James received honorable mention honors in both the shot put and discus.