MSU - James Uses School Record to Finish Fourth in Discus On Day Three of NCAA Championships
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EUGENE, Oregon - Senior Antonio James set a Michigan State track & field school record in the discus to lead to a fourth place finish on the third day of the NCAA Championships. With a throw of 60.99m (200-1), James broke his own school record, which was 60.65m en route to winning the Big Ten Championship in May.
"It feels really great to finish fourth. I opened up really big with my first throw, 60.99m, just over 200 feet. It feels good to get over 200 in my last meet. It was pretty much icing on the cake. I felt like I could have gone farther, but I am happy with my finish. I am just going to enjoy the moment and enjoy the day," James said.
James is only the second First-Team All-American in the discus for MSU after Lonnie Pugh achieved the feat in 2011. James earned Second-Team All-American honors in discus in 2013 and Honorable Mention in 2014. He is also a four-time All-American in indoor. This is the fourth-straight season that James has competed in the discus in the NCAA Championships.
"It has been a pleasure to have him around. It was great to see him compete as well as he did today. It is indicative of how he has been most of the time, but the National Championship has been a little bit of a demon to him, but today he was just outstanding. He just came through like he has all of his career," said MSU Director of Track & Field Walt Drenth.
As a team, the MSU men finished 28th with 9.0 points. Host Oregon captured its second-straight title with 85.0 points.
The NCAA Championships will conclude on Saturday, June 13 with the women returning to center stage. Michigan State will have four athletes in action lead by seniors Leah O'Connor (3,000m steeplechase) and Tori Franklin (triple jump), who are both competing in their fourth-straight NCAA Championships. Freshman Katelyn Daniels will make her outdoor debut in the discus, while sophomore Rachele Schulist will appear in her second-straight NCAA Championships in the 5,000m.
ESPN2 will broadcast events on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. (ET).