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Silje Fjortoft

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Orsta, Norway

High School:
Volda Vidaregaande

Height:
5-7

Event:
Distance

Experience:
3L


2011 Track and Field (Sr.): Won the 1-Mile Run with a time of 4:56.66 at the J.D. Martin Invitational... Placed second at the TCU Invitational with a 4:33.23 time in the 1500 meter run. 2010 Track and Field (Jr.): Competed in the NCAA Track and Field Championships... Named to the USA Track and Field All-Academic team... Placed eighth in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational (10:30.62)... Took second in the 3,000m Run at the Sooner Invitation (10:02.28)... Claimed gold in the 3,000m Steeplechase (10:14.67) and finished fourth in the 5,000m Run (16:33.21) at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships... Qualified for the NCAA Championships with a win in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary (10:08.20), the best outdoor time by a C-USA runner in 2010.

2009 Cross Country (Jr.): Named the South Central Region Athlete of the Year... Named to the NCAA South Central All Region Team... Named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team... Named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team... Competed in the NCAA Championships... Took eighth at the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational 5K (16:58)... Placed seventh at the Chile Pepper Invitational 6K (5:40)... Was runner-up at the Conference USA Championships (18:01.6)... Won the South Central Region Championships 6K (20:29.7).

2009 Track and Field (So.): Competed in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the NCAA Track and Field Championships... Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Team... Named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Track and Field Team... Named to the 2009 Conference USA Track and Field All-Academic Team... Named Conference USA Athlete of the Week... Competed in the NCAA Indoor National Championships taking second in the 1 Mile Run (4:50.73) - the second fastest indoor time by any C-USA runner in 2009, and competed in the 5,000m Run, setting a new personal record (16:18.80), the fastest indoor time by any C-USA runner in 2009... Took sixth in the 5,000m Run at the University of Washington Indoor Invitational with an NCAA provisional time (16:37.81)... Placed seventh in the 1 Mile Run at the Texas A&M Invitational (5:00.75)... Qualified for the NCAA Indoor National Championships by recording the fastest time ever run in the Conference USA Indoor Championships in the 5,000m Run (16:19.42), also placed second in the 1 Mile Run (4:50.73) and was named Performer of the Meet at the C-USA Indoor Championships... Won the 3,000m Steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational with an NCAA Regional qualifying time (9:56.73), was the second fastest outdoor time by any C-USA athlete in 2009... Ran the fastest 5,000m in SMU history at the Mt. SAC Relays (15:55.23), was also the fastest outdoor time by any USA runner in 2009... Took gold in the 5,000m Run (16:18.88) and silver in the 1,500m Run (4:33.34) at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships... Qualified for the NCAA Championships with a fifth place finish in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the NCAA Midwest Regional (10:16.79).

2008 Cross Country (So.): Was named Conference USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year... Conference USA Champion at the Cross Country Championship...Won the Texas A&M Invitational... Finished sixth at the Notre Dame XC Invitational...Finished 19th at the 6K Chile Pepper Festival...named C-USA Athlete of the Week...Was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District women's track & field/cross country team... also received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and was named to the Conference USA Cross Country All-Academic Team.

2008 Track and Field (Fr.): Indoor: Took runner-up honors in the 5,000m run at the C-USA Championships; Outdoor: Earned All-America honors... Took second in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA Championships... Named the C-USA Freshman of the Year and earned All-C-USA honors after winning the 3,000m steeplechase and the 5,000m run at the C-USA Championships... Dominated the distances for SMU, posting team-best times in the 1,500m (4:24.47), the 3,000m (9:32.78), the 5,000m (16:19.41) and the 3,000m steeplechase (9:59.01)... Won the 1,500m at the Bobby Lane Invitational... Was the top collegiate finisher in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational, crossing in 9:59.01 to crush her nearest competitor by over nine seconds... Set a Fouts Field record in winning the 3,000m at the UNT Classic, finishing in 9:32.78... Won the 5,000m run at the Mt. SAC Relays.

2007 Cross Country (Fr.): Named the NCAA South Central Region Athlete of the Year, Conference USA Cross Country Newcomer of the Year and C-USA Freshman of the Year after strong performances at NCAA Regionals and the C-USA Championships... Clocked a winning 6K time of 20:35 at Regionals, 11 seconds ahead of the field... A two-time C-USA Athlete of the Week selection... Took runner-up honors at the C-USA Championships with a 5K time of 17:46.0... Capped off her rookie campaign with a 49th-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships... Was the third freshman to cross the finish line, clocking a time of 21:11.00 on the 6K course;

Prep: Participated in several international events - the European Cup 2007, the World Championship 2007, and the Under-20 European Cup 2005; Personal: Daughter of Lill Sorensen and Ragnar Fjortoft... Also enjoys photography and watching track and field events.