Aug. 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Former Michigan State All-American Beth Rohl has been selected to train at the U.S. Track & Field Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., under coach Mac Wilkins. The New Buffalo, Mich., native will continue to throw discus while attending the Chula Vista OTC Residence Program with thousands of Olympic hopefuls.
"I think that this is the perfect situation for what I need.," said Rohl. "I've been in touch with Mac Wilkins who I was going to train with in Oregon. Coming out of college my first year, I'm not sponsored so to be able to train with him at the training center will really help me."
Rohl was named the 2012-13 George Alderton Female Co-Athlete of the Year before she finished a career-high third-place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus throw. While at MSU, she qualified for every discus final in which she has competed at the NCAA Championships and graduated as the most decorated Spartan thrower of all time with seven All-America honors.
"It's amazing just knowing that I didn't really start track until I was in college and now I'm going to the Olympic Training Center," said Rohl. "I'm ready to get out there and get started because I've been waiting for this for so long and it's really exciting to have a new opportunity for me that's going to be completely different. I'm looking forward to everything but the one thing that stands out is the weather because discus is an outdoor event and I'm excited to be able to actually train outdoors year-round."
The former Spartan will begin the Chula Vista OTC Residence Program on Sept. 29. USA Track & Field (USATF), in cooperation with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) offers the year-long program of living and training to athletes selected by their respective sport federation or national governing body.