June 23, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Members of the Michigan State track & field team competed at the USA and Canadian Track & Field Championships this weekend. Beth Rohl (discus) and Tori Franklin (triple jump) placed in the top-five of their events at the USA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, while Jellisa Westney placed in the top-10 in the 200-meter dash at the Canadian Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Alum Beth Rohl finished as the top collegiate discus thrower on Sunday. She placed fourth overall with a mark of 59.66m/ 195-9. With her fourth-place finish, she will be the alternate for Team USA at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia in August.
“She opened up really well,” said assistant coach John Newell. “She opened up with a throw of 58m. Then she had two throws that were a little rough and went into the finals seeded fifth or sixth. She had a big throw in the fourth round to move her up to fourth place and just held it. She competed really well. She beat out Olympians, a Division I and II national champion. The girls who beat her were post collegiate professional throwers. She just did Beth, going in and throwing big when it counts. She still has some time to go throw and make the “A” standard, which will guarantee her going to Moscow. The mark is farther than she has ever throw, but it’s something she is going for.”
With a fifth-place overall finish in the triple jump on Thursday, sophomore Tori Franklin was the top returning collegiate competitor. She recorded a mark of 13.45m/ 44-1½ to earn the honors.
“I was really pleased with the competition,” said assistant coach Vanitta Kinard. “She jumped 44-1 about three times, which is great. She’s been consistent all year long. She’s obviously tired from the whole season, but she’s a tough cookie and fought through the whole way and I’m really pleased with the outcome. It shows that she accomplished what we’ve been working on all yearlong, which was establishing her as a standout triple jumper. I think she made that happen, becoming one of the best U.S. collegiate triple jumpers.”
On Saturday, former MSU standout Nicole Bush won the women’s 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 9:44.53. She will now advance to the World Championships competing for Team USA.
Meanwhile, sophomore Jellisa Westney competed at the Canadian Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick. She placed seventh overall in the finals of the 200-meter dash on Sunday with a time of 24.45. She qualified for the finals with an eight-place time of 24.60 in the prelims. On Saturday, she recorded a 13th-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.11.