31 MSU Spartans to Participate in NCAA Regionals

31 MSU Spartans to Participate in NCAA Regionals

Provided by MSU

May 21, 2012

EAST LANSING, MICH. - A total of thirty-one members of the Michigan State Track and Field team will head south to Jacksonsville, Florida to compete in the NCAA Preliminary Rounds held May 24th through the 26th. The University of North Florida will play host to the competition at Hodges Stadium. It will be the first time that North Florida will serve as track and field hosts for an NCAA championship round.

 The Michigan State Women hope to ride the momentum of a seven-medal showing at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

 Beth Rohl has the highest seed placement amongst the women with a fourth seed in the Hammer Throw. She will also compete in the Discus, where she is seeded ninth. Rohl is the outdoor school record holder in both events (Hammer Throw - 62.87m /206-3, Discus - 54.48m / 178-9) and also earned bronze medals in those events at this year’s outdoor conference championships.

 Sprinter Jaelynn Pryor has the next highest seed at sixth in the Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles. Pryor had a personal-best time of 57.33 seconds which gave her first-career medal, a bronze, at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships two weeks ago.

 Senior Becca Buchholtz, an eighth seed in the high jump, will make her third-career trip to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds. Buchholtz is a four-time Big Ten champion and the school-record holder in the event at 1.83 meters (6 feet) with a total of seven-career Big Ten Medals to her credit.

 Also representing the Spartans in jump events will be freshman Tori Franklin, a bronze medalist in the Triple Jump at the outdoor championships and silver medalist during the indoor season. The school’s record holder in the event in indoor competition at 13.34 meters (43-9 1/4), she is a twelfth seed.

 Women’s distance will be represented five competitors – Leah O’Connor and Tiffany Evans in the 3000-Meter Steeplechase, Sara Kroll and Carlie Green in the 5000 meters, and Rebekah Smeltzer in the 10000 Meters.

 O’Connor was a gold medalist in her very first Big Ten Outdoor Championship in the 3000-Meter Steeplechase. She won with a time of 10:12.36, a personal best, giving her a thirteenth seed. Kroll earned a bronze medal in the 5000 meters at the conference championships and has lifetime best of 16:15.52, good for a twenty-first seed.

 The highest seed on the men’s side goes to Lonnie Pugh, who is placed third with a distance of 57.95 in the Discus Throw. Pugh is the school record holder in the event with a career-best toss of 58.65 meters (192-5) which he set in 2009.

 Men’s Shot Put will be represented by Zack Hill, a thirteenth seed making his second NCAA Preliminary Round appearance, and senior Aaron Ide (47th seed). Hill has personal-record in the event at 19.25 meters, while Ide has thrown as far as 16.98 meters on two occasions throughout his career.

 Senior Jay Gillespie is a seventeenth seed after earning a bronze in the Hammer Throw at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Gillespie, the only competitor on the men’s side to win a medal, threw a lifetime personal-record of 62.19 meters in the championship meet.

 Michigan State will have three competitors in the men’s High Jump – Kurt Schneider, Owen Hughes, and Kevin Jackson. Of the three, Schneider (26th seed) has the highest mark – leaping 2.14 meters (7-0 ¼) while competing in the men’s decathlon.

 Stephen Humes and Joe Banyai will race the 800 Meters after both running sub-1:50 for the first time in their careers at the outdoor championships. Humes has ran the fastest time this season for the men, clocking 1:48.99 in the preliminary race of the championship meet, while Banyai finished the weekend with a best of 1:49.28.

 MSU’s Complete List of Regional Qualifiers


Seed / Name / Performance


#13 - Leah O'Connor - 10:12.36

#48 - Tiffany Evans - 10:33.85

 Women 5000 Meter Run

#21 - Sara Kroll - 16:16.52

#47 - Carlie Green - 16:38.09

 Women 10000 Meter Run

#35 - Rebekah Smeltzer - 35:08.02

 Women 100 Meter Hurdles

#24 - Leslie Aririguzo - 13.47

 Women 400 Meter Hurdles

#6 - Jaelynn Pryor - 57.33

 Women 4x400 Meter Relay

#8 – Jaelynn Pryor, Alysson Bodenbach, Jellisa Westney, Alicia Evans - 3:35.39

 High Jump

#8 - Becca Buchholtz - 1.83m

 Women Pole Vault

#24 - Amanda Impellizzeri - 3.97m

#42 - Kassie Powell - 3.85m

 Women Triple Jump

#12 - Tori Franklin - 12.96m

 Women Discus Throw

#9 - Beth Rohl - 54.47m

 Women Hammer Throw

#4 - Beth Rohl - 62.87m

 Women 400 Meter Dash

#30 - Alysson Bodenbach - 53.63


Seed / Name / Performance

 Men 800 Meter Run

#19 - Stephen Humes - 1:48.99

#26 - Joe Banyai - 1:49.28

 Men 1500 Meter Run

#34 - *Josh McAlary - 3:45.19


#27 - Ben Miller - 8:58.58

 Men 5000 Meter Run

#28 - David Madrigal - 14:02.54

 Men 400 Meter Hurdles

#47 - Keenan Michael - 52.63

 Men High Jump

#26 - Kurt Schneider - 2.14m

#40 - Owen Hughes - 2.11m

#41 - Kevin Jackson - 2.11m

 Men’s Triple Jump

#43 - Jarred Gambrell - 15.18m

 Men Shot Put Prelims

#13 - Zach Hill - 18.48m

#48 - Aaron Ide - 16.98m

 Men Discus Throw

#3 - Lonnie Pugh - 57.95m

#28 - Antonio James - 53.59m

 Men Hammer Throw Prelims

#17 - Jay Gillespie - 62.19m

 *- Injured and will not compete.