Bodenbach, Aririguzo, Franklin lead Michigan State

Bodenbach, Aririguzo, Franklin lead Michigan State

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GENEVA, OH. - The Spartan track & field squad completed its second day of action this afternoon at the Spire Invitational. In a meet that saw Michigan State compete against some of the top track programs in the country, the Spartans had twenty-five top ten finishes including three individuals with outright victories.

Redshirt junior Alysson Bodenbach won the women's 400m dash with a time of 54.00. Bodenbach's time is a personal best and the fastest amongst Spartan women this season. Her previous best was an outdoor time of 55.03 in 2010 at the Sun Angel Classic.

Leslie Aririguzo was the top women's finisher in the 60m hurdles. Her time of 8.44 is a personal record with her previous mark being 8.47 at the Mike Lints open on January 20.

The Spartan women had their third individual victory in the triple jump with freshman Tori Franklin breaking 13 meters. Franklin's jump of 13.05m (42-9 ¾) topped her previous best of 12.85 which she set at the Meyo Invitational. Fellow triple-jumper Ashley Stacey placed fifth with an effort of 12.46m (40-10 ½) to cap a strong Michigan State presence in the event.

Stacey's triple jump was one of two great performances for the senior this weekend. Her second-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 5.87m (19-03 ¼) was just short of her personal record of 5.95m. Stacey's teammate, Katie Guikema, placed seventh in the same event at 5.51m (18-1).

Senior Becca Buchholtz continued her streak of consistent performances in the high jump, leading a trio of MSU jumpers with a second-place leap of 1.80m (5-10 ¾). Molly Duda (8th) and Jessica Scherting (9th) rounded out the top ten with jumps of 1.70m (5-7) and 1.65m (5-5), respectively.

In the pole vault, Amanda Impellizzeri earned eighth for Michigan State with a mark of 3.82m (12-06 ¼).

In women's distance, Michigan State had three runners place within the top ten of the 3000 meters. Sara Kroll placed fourth in the event with a time of 9:12.25, while teammates Carlie Green (9:26:41) and Katie Haines (9:37.70) placed seventh and ninth.

Leah O'Connor was the lone Spartan in the top ten in the women's mile, grabbing ninth-place with a time of 4:47.84. Tiffany Evans and Veronica Wilson earned sixth and seventh-place in the women's 1000 meters. Evans ran the event in 2:50.76 while Wilson posted 2:52:81. In the women's 5000 meters, Rebekah Smeltzer placed fifth with a time of 16:49.48.

Jumps were also a strength for Michigan State on the men's side. Kevin Jackson posted 6-9 ¾ which was good for fourth in the high jump, while freshman Jared Gambrell took fifth in the triple jump (15.11m / 49-7) and Kurt Schneider was sixth in the long jump (6.97m / 22-10 ½).

DeVantré Whitelow was Michigan State's top sprinter in the 200m and 60m dash. Whitelow finished sixth in the 60 meters (6.83) and eighth in the 200 meters (21.58).

In distance, David Madrigal placed ninth in the 5000m (14:28.40) and Josh McAlary placed seventh in the men's mile (4:04.50).

Michigan State will be back in action next week at the Silverston Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., on February 18.