MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan track and field senior Alex Rose broke the national Samoan record in the discus and, at the same time, qualified for the World Championships on Friday. Competing unattached at the Augustana Twilight, a meet hosted by Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Rose registered a record-setting throw of 59.83.
With that career high discus distance, Rose also qualifies for the 2013 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, which will be held in Moscow, Russia from August 10-18.
Rose topped the previous record, which was set by Shaka Sola in 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand, by over a meter (58.82).
Rose finished second in the event overall, behind only former SEC discus champion and U.S. Olympic trialist Chase Madison.
Rose, who was the 2012 MAC champion in the discus, redshirted the 2013 outdoor track and field season.