May 25, 2012
JACKSONSVILLE, FL. - Michigan State’s Beth Rohl qualified for nationals on her very first throw of 53.47 meters (175-5) in the discus to set the tone for MSU on Day 2 action of the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonsville.
Rohl, a junior, was in third place after the first round but dropped to fifth by the end of finals. With the qualification, it will mark her third appearance in the NCAA Championships. Rohl will also compete in the hammer throw tomorrow.
Leslie Aririguzo topped her own school record – this time outright - in the Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles running a time of 13.37. Arirguzo finished fourth in her heat and nineteenth overall in the preliminary rounds. She had been tied with Jackie Walton (2008) at 13.46 seconds and had recently run as fast as 13.47 at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Aririguzo will race in the finals tomorrow at 7:20pm.
Success in sprints continued with Jaelynn Pryor, who will be making her first NCAA Championship appearance after running 58.04 in the Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles. A sophomore, Pryor placed third in the first heat and seventh overall.
The Spartans final NCAA Championship qualifier was redshirt freshman and Big Ten Champion Leah O’Connor in the Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase. She nearly broke the ten minute barrier running a personal-best 10:03:40, finishing third in the first heat and sixth overall.