March 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Redshirt senior Beth Rohl earned a silver medal in the weight throw competition at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, March 8. After winning her flight, she set a new Michigan State record with her throw in the finals on the first day of the national meet held on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
"It was pretty cool," said assistant coach John Newell. "The competition was a little dense, to be honest. We were off-site so there wasn't that many people. It was kind of quite initially and I think a lot of people got nervous and had a rough day. Beth was the first thrower in the first flight. She won her flight with 21.49, which would've been good for third if she hadn't thrown farther. But true to Beth's form, the girl in the second flight from Indiana State had a monster throw and the girl from Clemson passed Beth up, Beth warmed back up for the final and in her first throw, she passed the girl from Clemson. She surpassed 73 feet, which is a big milestone and went out with a bang. This is the goal the entire season. It has always been a part of her thought process when it comes to training throughout the year. This is where she wants to be; she wants to be in the situation where she is throwing against the best people in the nation and she's done that time after time."
For the third time this season, Rohl broke her own school record and the 73-feet mark with a throw of 22.31m/ 73-2½. Rohl, who entered the competition ranked third in the country, passed the second-ranked athlete in the nation with her record-setting mark. This marks her third trip to the national meet and the highest finish of her career.
"I went up for my last throw and I knew it was my last weight throw ever so I just went for it," said Rohl. "It's a great way to finish out my last indoor season for Michigan State. I'm excited to cheer on the guys tomorrow, it's going to be a great competition."
Michigan State will continue to be represented at the NCAA Championships as redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh and redshirt sophomore Antonio James compete in the men's weight throw tomorrow, March 9, at 3 p.m.