MSU - Franklin, Whitelow Lead Spartans on Final Day of Meyo Invitational
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Notre Dame, Ind. - The Michigan State men's and women's track & field teams concluded their weekend of competition on Saturday afternoon at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.
"I thought we did a nice job most of the weekend. We can see where both teams are growing and getting better at the end of the meet," said MSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Walt Drenth. "That's something we'll continue to work on as we prepare for the Big Ten and National meets.
"Our veterans had some nice performances in their events against some really high-level competition. Tori had a great day in the triple jump and A.J. [Antonio James] looked very good in the weight throw. Both of them put up national qualifying marks and I thought some of our young athletes got a chance to compete as well."
The Spartans received a pair of top performances from All-American Tori Franklin in the women's triple jump and senior DeVantré Whitelow in the men's 60m dash. Franklin's jump of 13.38m was a season-best, while Whitelow earned his third individual win of the season in the 60m with a time of 6.78. MSU's Jarred Gambrell posted a second-place mark of 15.72m in the men's triple jump and Antonio James finished third in the men's shot put with a toss of 18.95m.
The Spartan women's 4x400 relay team of Jellisa Westney, Aubrey Wilberding, Alicia Evans and Tori Franklin placed third with a time of 3:38.46, just over a second behind first-place Notre Dame. In the men's 4x400, MSU's team of Antonio Clarke, DeVantré Whitelow, Ross Parsons and Austin Sanders clocked in at 3:11.93 to finish sixth.
"The mile relay is a big event for us and I thought the efforts of both groups were fantastic today," said Drenth. "That's a race we have to be good in at the end and I really liked how we ran and competed to close out the meet."
Michigan State also had athletes competing at the University Akron Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Sophomore Tim Ehrhardt won Saturday's indoor heptathlon with a score of 5594, which included wins in the 1,000m (2:45.34) and the pole vault (5.20m). Junior Lauren Chorny won the women's pole with a mark of 4.17m and freshman Ellen DiPietro (1.70m) took second in the women's high jump.
The Spartan men's and women's teams will return to action on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, at the SPIRE Invitational. The event will take place at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.