State Divided.. A Tale of Two Teams


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Michgan State University

GENEVA, Ohio -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team was unable to hold on to its first-day lead, finishing runner-up to Penn State at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday (March 1) at the SPIRE Institute.

Led by Big Ten titles from sophomore Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) and freshmanErin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield), the Wolverines maintained their first-day lead for the majority of the second day but fell behind by a half point heading into the 4x400-meter relay and were unable to complete the comeback in the final event. Penn State won the Big Ten championship with 114.5 points, while U-M took second with 104 points -- its best finish since 2008 (2nd).


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GENEVA, Ohio – Setting two new conference records, four MSU records and adding three medals, the Michigan State track & field team concluded day two of competition at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute. Tori Franklin (triple jump) and Leah O’Connor (mile) each won Big Ten titles en route to earning a spot in the conference record books, while Kurt Schneider (heptathlon) and Caleb Rhynard (5,000-meter) broke decade-old school records to close out the meet. Winning nine medals total and breaking a total of seven MSU records, the Spartan women finished seventh overall with a total of 50 points, while the men tallied 51 points for an eighth-place finish.


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