Seven Spartans to Compete in NCAA Championships
 
 
 
Big Ten Champion Leah O'Connor is a 7th seed in the Women's Steeplechase.  Photo by Walt Middleton.
 
Big Ten Champion Leah O'Connor is a 7th seed in the Women's Steeplechase. Photo by Walt Middleton.
 
 

June 5, 2012

NCAA Championship Schedule
LIVE RESULTS and Start Lists (Men and Women)
Flotrack (Watch Live)

EAST LANSING, MICH.
– Top competitors from the Michigan State Track & Field Team will compete in the NCAA Championships beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) June  6th through Saturday (June 9th).  Action at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, is scheduled to start with the trials and finals of the Men’s Discus beginning at 2:00pm.  See link above for complete schedule and athlete start lists.

The seven Spartans competing in the NCAA Championships are:

Jaelynn Pryor | Women's 400 Meter Hurdles | #17 Seed
Bronze medal in the Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a time of 57.33…Member of the school-record breaking 4x400 Relay Team that placed fourth at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships (3:35.39)…Ran a personal-best 55.75 in the 400 Meter Dash at the Polytan Invitational.

Tori Franklin | Women's Triple Jump| #16 Seed
As only a true freshman, she broke the school’s indoor record in the Triple Jump, leaping 13.34m (43-9 1/4) in a third place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships…placed second in the Triple Jump at the Big Ten Indoor Championships…All-Big Ten Second Team during the Indoor Season…U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First Team All-American during the Indoor Season…Earned a bronze medal in the Triple Jump with a distance of (42-04 ¼) at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships…Two-time Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week in 2012.

Beth Rohl | Women's Discus Throw and Hammer Throw | #13 Seed (Discus), #19 Seed (Hammer Throw)
Outdoor school record holder in the Hammer Throw (62.87m /206-3) and Discus (55.94m / 183-6))…earned bronze medals in the Hammer Throw and Discus at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships…U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First Team All-American during the Indoor Season...Owns the indoor record in the Weight Throw with an effort of 20.99m (68-10 ½)….Fifth place finisher at the NCAA Indoor Championships…Bronze medal in the Weight Throw in the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships.

Leah O’Connor | Women's 3000 Meter Steeplechase | #7 Seed
Big Ten Champion in the Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase with a time of 10:12.36…2012 All-Big Ten First Team…Ran a career best 10:03.40 in the Steeplechase at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round…Personal bests of 2:12.87 in the 800 Meters and 4:24.92 in the 1500 Meters.

Zack Hill
| Men’s Shot Put | #17 Seed
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First Team All-American during the Indoor Season…Achieved a personal best of 19.25m (63-2) at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put…Threw 18.87 meters this season at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round…Bronze medal in the Shot Put at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships.

Lonnie Pugh | Men’s Discus Throw | #6 Seed
First place in the Discus at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round…U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First Team All-American during the Indoor Season…School-record holder in the Discus at 58.64m (192-4)…School-record holder in the Hammer Throw (62.82m / 206-1) and the Weight Throw (21.40m / 70-2 1/2).

Antonio James | Men’s Discus Throw | #22 Seed
Career-best mark of 54.6 meters (179-2) in the Discus at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round…Personal best mark of 56.28m (184-8) in the Hammer Throw at the Raleigh Relays.