June 6, 2012
DAY 1 Results
DES MOINES, IOWA - Leah O'Connor continues her hot streak.
O'Connor, a redshirt freshman, placed fifth in her heat and ninth overall to guarantee her spot in the finals of the Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase. She finished with a time of 10:08.97, just five seconds behind the career best mark she ran at the NCAA East Preliminary Round two weeks ago.
The women's finals of the Steeplechase will take place on Friday, June 8th at 6:30pm.
Junior Beth Rohl can officially claim that she is one of the ten best discus throwers in the nation after finishing fourth overall in the event this afternoon. Rohl had her best throw on her fifth attempt, a mark of 56.85 meters (186-6), breaking her previous school record of 55.94 meters (183-6) which was set in 2011.
However, the week is not over for Rohl, as she will be only Spartan in competition tomorrow in the Hammer Throw at 3:00pm.
Two Spartans competed in the Men's Discus Throw - redshirt Junior Lonnie Pugh and Redshirt Freshman Antonio James. Pugh placed eleventh with his first throw being his best at 57.24 meters (187-9), while James placed nineteenth with his day's best coming on his second attempt (54.11 meters / 177-6).
MSU's last competitor of the day was sophomore Jaelynn Pryor in the Women's 400-Hurdles. Pryor injured her hamstring in the warm-ups, but fought through the pain to complete the race in 59.12 for 18th place overall.