EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior Erica Bailey and sophomore Jonathon Allen have been named Big Ten Field Athletes Of The Week, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
"Recognition from the Big Ten is an honor and something both Jon and Erica are proud to receive," director of cross country and track and field Walt Drenth said. "Erica has made tremendous progress this spring and has proven to be a great late-season competitor. We are looking forward to her competing at the Big Ten Championships. Jon's triple jump on Saturday was a big confidence booster. He made a big advance this winter when he qualified for the NCAA championships, and now looks to be routinely jumping consistent marks with the conference elite."
Bailey led the Michigan State Spartans this weekend at the EMU Invitational with two NCAA-regional qualifying marks. She won the hammer with a personal-best distance of 54.15 meters (177-8) for her first qualifying throw of the outdoor season. The senior continued with another win in the shot put, surpassing the regional qualifying mark by 1.06 meters, with a 15.36 meter (50-4 3/4) throw, good enough to top the women's shot put field.
Allen broke a 26-year-old school record in the triple jump Saturday afternoon. Allen posted a NCAA qualifying mark and a personal-best distance of 15.40 meters to top the triple jump field. The Lansing native shattered the school record, previously held by Jouka Niva, by more than three inches. This is the second triple jump record that Allen has broken - he broke the indoor record this season by almost a foot.
Bailey is the first Michigan State female field athlete to be honored since Jamie Krzyminski won in April 2002, and Allen is the first male field athlete to be named Big Ten athlete of the week since Paul Terek in 2002.