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Former MSU track and field star Tori Franklin makes history

July 19, 2022
<p>Senior Tori Franklin begins the first of her three jumps during the women&#x27;s three jump competition at the Big Ten Conference Championships May 17th, 2015 at Ralph Young Field. </p>

Senior Tori Franklin begins the first of her three jumps during the women's three jump competition at the Big Ten Conference Championships May 17th, 2015 at Ralph Young Field.

Photo by Wyatt Giangrande | The State News

With just three quick jumps, former MSU track and field star Tori Franklin makes history. On July 18, Franklin secured the bronze at the World Athletics Championship, naming her the first American female to medal in the triple jump.

Franklin earned the bronze with a 4.72m jump, following silver medalist Jamaican athlete Shanieka Ricketts (14.89m) and gold medalist Venezuelan athlete Yulimar Rojas with a 15.47m jump.

Franklin was a part of MSU's track and field team from 2011-2015. She was awarded MSU Freshman of the Year in 2012 and became the Big Ten Women's Triple Jump Champion during the 2014-2015 season. She recently competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

She holds the record for both the indoor and outdoor triple jump for MSU receiving 13.56m indoors (2014) and 13.41m outdoors (2013).

Franklin is celebrated not only at Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, but by Spartans everywhere.

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