Spartans prep for Spire Invite/GVSU Big Meet

Spartans prep for Spire Invite/GVSU Big Meet

Provided by MSU

EAST LANSING, MICH. - The Michigan State track and field team travels back to Allendale, Mich. this weekend for the GVSU Big Meet and will also travel to Geneva, OH. for the Spire Invitational. The two-day event at GVSU begins on Friday at 10:00am at the Kelly Family Sports Center with multi-events beginning at 10:50am and running events at 12:30pm. Saturday action begins at 10:00am with the Men's Heptathlon.

At the Spire Invitational, all events will take place at the Spire Institute, with Friday action beginnning at 1:30pm. Saturday's events start at 10:00am.

Last weekend, the Spartans participated in the Meyo Invitational, earning eighteen top ten event finishes.

Standout performances included Kevin Jackson's high jump of 2.13m (6-11 3/4) which placed him third in amongst competition, Josh McAlary's fourth-place finish in the 1000m with a time of 2:24.34, and Carlie Green's third-place finish in the 3000m run (9:32.06).

Also of note was Becca Buchholtz's second place in the high jump (1.78m / 5-10) and Codi Mattix's third-place finish in the pole vault (5.16m / 16-11).

The throwers traveled to Findlay, OH., last Saturday for the Findlay Indoor Track & Field Open. Junior Shatora Lewis placed first in the women's weight throw, throwing 20.00m (65-7 1/2), while teammates Catherine Daniels placed fourth (18.82m / 61-9) and Robyn Whalen placed sixth (18.34m / 60-2). Lewis also placed third in the shot put with a 14.89m effort.

On the men's side, senior Jay Gillespie placed fifth (21.32m / 69-11 1/2) in the weight throw.

Shot put had two men within the top five. Third place went to Zack Hill (18.53m / 60-9 1/2) while fourth went to redshirt freshman Antonio James (17.51m / 57-5 1/2).

Spartans in the NCAA Top 20:

300m (men) - 7th. Keenan Michael (34.44)

500m (women) - 5th. Brittany Lewis (1:12.85)

600m (men) - 1st. Brittany Lewis (1:29.96), 7th. Alysson Bodenbach (1:31:21), 9th. Amelia Bannister (1:31:38)

1000m (men) - 11th. Ben Miller (2:23:89), 17th. Josh McAlary (2:24.34)

High Jump (women) - 5th. Becca Buchholtz (6-0 / 1.83m)

Triple Jump (women) - 7th. Tori Franklin (42-2, 12.85m)

Shot Put (men) - 11th. Zack Hill (61-7 / 18.77m)

Weight Throw (men) - 7th. Jay Gillespie (69-11 1/2 / 21.32m), 15th. Antonio James (67-6 3/4 / 20.59m)

Weight Throw (women) - 8th. Beth Rohl (67-8 1/4 / 20.63m)

4x400m Relay (women) - 16th. Brittany Lewis, Amelia Bannister, Jaelynn Pryor, Alysson Bodenbach (3:39:79)