Three Spartans Earn All-America Honors
After placing second at NCAAs, Rohl and James received First-Team All-America honors.
March 11, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Two members of the Michigan State track & field team were named First-Team All-Americans following their performances last weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday, March 11. Redshirt senior Beth Rohl picked up the third All-America distinction of her career, while redshirt sophomore Antonio James received his first All-America honor.
Redshirt senior Lonnie Pugh was named honorable-mention All-American after qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Championship meet.
Rohl earned a silver medal in the weight throw competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships. For the third time this season, she broke her own school record and the 73-foot mark with a throw of 22.31m/ 73-2½. Sitting at No. 3 in the country going into the national meet, she passed the second-ranked athlete in the nation with her record-setting mark. She finished a career-high in her third trip to the national meet, earning All-America honors for the third-straight indoor season.
James also won a silver medal in the weight throw in his first trip to the national meet. Entering the competition ranked fourth in the county, James threw a MSU record-setting mark of 22.25m/73-0 to earn a second-place finish. It marks the first All-American recognition in his career.
For a complete list of USTFCCCA All-America honors, click here.
The Spartans open their outdoor schedule when they travel to N.C. State for the Raleigh Relays on Friday, March 29.