GENEVA, Ohio – Sophie Franklin was crowned the Big Ten women’s indoor pole vault champion for the second time in her career, highlighting six podium finishes for Michigan State on Friday’s opening day of competition at the track and field championships indoor Big Ten, held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Along with Franklin’s return to the top step of the podium after winning the indoor B1G crown in 2019, Jenna Magnes took second place in the women’s 3000m and the men’s medley relay team placed third to lead MSU. Additionally, the women’s DMR finished fifth, while Avery Budz placed seventh in her second career women’s pentathlon. Michael Davenport took eighth place in the men’s pole vault, while six Spartans advanced through the preliminary races to reach Saturday’s final.
The Spartans started Friday with the women’s pentathlon, as Budz was able to post personal bests in the 60m hurdles (9.33), shot put (9.28) and 800m (2:22.76) all by taking second place in the high jump (1.67 m), totaling a PR of 3455 points to reach the podium. Olivia Lopez also competed in the pentathlon, finishing ninth with 3,365 points.
The men’s heptathlon also completed four of seven events on Friday, with Heath Baldwin second overall after winning the shot put (14.79m) and the high jump (2.06m), while Ryan Talbot ranks fifth overall after placing first in the 60m with a time of 6.87 PR.
MSU had its finest moment in the women’s pole vault, as Franklin vaulted to 4.32m on the first attempt and no one else could match the 2019 B1G champion, handing Franklin the Crown. The men’s pole vault also saw Davenport take eighth place with a 5.00m jump, while Trevor Stephenson was just below the podium with a 10th place (4.85 m).
Three Spartans emerged from the preliminary mile races, as Katie Osika clocked 4:44.05 in the women’s trials to claim ninth place in Saturday’s final, while Jean Petruno (3:58.16 PR) and Morgan Beadlescomb both recorded times under four minutes in the men’s trials to reach the championship chase.
The freshman duo of Terrence Muex and Noah Wise finished consecutively in the men’s 400m preliminaries to advance to Saturday’s final, as Muex posted a time of 46.96 PR and Sage notched a time of 47.06.
Another school record fell on Friday when Jaiden Paris broke the MSU indoor mark for the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.25 PR in the preliminary heats of that event, the second fastest time of the day and worthy of a place in the championship race.
After Kaitlyn Hynes finished second in the unranked women’s 3000m and Emily Bardwell and Fatima Giron also moved up to the finals, Magness led the five-man Spartan contingent to take second place in B1G with a time of 9:06.98 after a heated battle with Minnesota’s Bethany Hasz down the stretch, while Makenna Veen 12th at 9:26.54.
In the final races of the night, the women’s medley relay from Kate Stewart Barnett, Shakira dancing, Lauren Freeland and Melanie Helder placed fifth with a time of 11:16.94 in the penultimate event. The male DMR of Petruno, Sage, Jalen Smith and Andre Nolan closed the evening by taking third place with a time of 9:39.30.
After a day of competition, the MSU women have amassed 24 points to rank fifth, while the Spartan men are in 11th place with seven points.
Michigan State concludes the B1G Indoor Championships on Saturday, February 26, with action beginning at 11 a.m. on Big Ten Plus.