Spartan Throwers Qualify For NCAA Championships
Pugh, James and Rohl set to compete against the nation's best.
March 6, 2013
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Three members of the Michigan State track & field program have qualified to compete at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Redshirt seniors Beth Rohl and Lonnie Pugh as well as redshirt sophomore Antonio James will all represent MSU in the weight throw competition. The meet will be held in the Randall Tyson Indoor Track on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Rohl will compete in the women's weight throw competition on Friday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. ET, while Pugh and James are set to compete on Saturday, March 9 at 3 p.m. ET.
Rohl enters the weekend ranked third in the country in the women's weight throw. The 2013 Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year won her first indoor weight throw title at the conference meet on Feb. 23. She currently holds the school record with a mark of 22.17m/ 72-9 and was named to the All-Big Ten First Team. This will be the third trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships for Rohl as she finished fifth in in the weight throw in 2012 and eighth overall in 2011.
Also ranked third in the nation, Pugh broke his own school record with a mark of 22.21m/ 72-10½ at the Big Ten Championship to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors. With his throw, he won his first Big Ten title and MSU's first ever Big Ten indoor weight throw title. Pugh will make his third trip to the national meet after placing sixth in the weight throw in 2012 and fifth in 2011.
Receiving All-Big Ten Second Team honors, James is No. 4 in the country with his career-best mark of 22.14m/ 72-7¾. He took second-place in the competition to earn his first Big Ten medal of his career. This will be the first trip for James to the indoor national meet.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 8 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. ET and March 9 from 7-9:30 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 17 from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Below are the links to the live stream: