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Rohl, Gillespie lead Michigan State on Day 1

Jay Gillespie earned the bronze medal in the hammer throw. Photo by Walt Middleton.

May 12, 2012

Day One Results

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  – Michigan State finished Day 1 action at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships with two Spartans earning bronze medals in the hammer throw and a member of the women’s distance squad earning six points in the 10,000-Meter Run.

Beth Rohl won the bronze in the hammer throw, earning her fifth-career Big Ten medal and shattering her own school record with a distance of 62.87 meters.  Her previous best was an effort of 60.28. 

Success in the hammer throw didn’t stop with Rohl.

Senior Jay Gillespie captured the bronze in the same event for the men, throwing a lifetime personal-record of 62.19 meters in his final Big Ten outdoor championship.

“Talk about tremendous competitors (Beth Rohl and Jay Gillespie).  For Jay, on his last throw in the preliminary to make the final and throwing his last throw to go from ninth to third place was just phenomenal,” said Director of Track and Field, Walt Drenth.

“Beth is the consummate big-time performer.  She comes to these meets and knows what to do.  Four throws over 62 meters - which is a tremendous series (of throws) - and breaks her own school record and earns a personal best.  She is just a champion.”

In the women’s 10,000 meters, Senior Rebekah Smeltzer finished in sixth place, earning three points for the women’s team.   Smeltzer’s time of 35:08.02 was more than a two minute improvement over her previous 10K mark of 37:35.00.

“What a great way for someone to cap off their career in the Big Ten,” said Drenth of Smeltzer. “Bek’s (Rebekah) never scored in a conference meet and we thought she had a good chance to score in the 10 (thousand meters).  She made all the right decisions.  I felt, coming in and not running a 10 this year, I was really pleased with the way she competed.   She showed a tremendous amount of grit, running all the way to the finish and passing someone (in the final moments).  

In the men’s pole vault, Senior Logan Lynch capped his conference career in a tenth-place, team-best 5.06 meters.      

At the conclusion of today’s completion, the Spartan women are currently tied for fourth with Iowa in total points with 9.  Penn State (1st, 18 points), Nebraska (t-2nd, 13 points), Ohio State (t-2nd, 13) are the current leaders.

The men currently sit in eighth place with 6 points, with Wisconsin leading the field in first with 26 points.  For complete results and standings, please visit the above links.



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