MSU - Franklin Claims Third at NCAA Indoor Championships
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NAMPA, Idaho – Freshman Tori Franklin topped her own school record for the second time this season and earned third place in the triple jump to conclude day two of the NCAA Indoor Championships held at Boise State University.
Franklin’s jump of 13.34m (43-9 ¼), which earned six points for Michigan State, was nearly a one foot improvement over her previous best of 13.05m (42-9 3/4).
On Friday, the Spartans received strong performances from Zack Hill who placed sixth in the nation in the shot put and Beth Rohl who placed fifth in the women’s weight throw.
Hill’s mark of 19.25m (63-2) gave Michigan State three points and broke a school record that was previously held by Steve Manz with a distance of 19.12m (62-8 3/4) in 2004. Rohl added four points for MSU with a throw of 20.20m (66-3 ¼).
Wrapping up day one action was senior Becca Buchholtz, who placed 19th in the high jump at 1.70m (5-7).
Michigan State began Saturday afternoon competition with the men’s weight throw, which saw Lonnie Pugh earn three points in a sixth place toss of 21.14m (69-4 ¼). Fifth-year Senior Jay Gillespie placed ninth at 20.41m (66-11 ½).
At the conclusion of competition, the Michigan State women had scored a total of 10 points, tying for 23rd place. The men scored six total points which tied for 35th.
The Michigan State Track and Field Program will begin their outdoor season on March 29th with three days of competition Jim Click Shootout held on the campus of the University of Arizona.