March 24, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas (SMU) - Distance runner Mary Alenbratt and throwers Ayla Gill and Helena Perez took home first-place finishes, to go along with eight other top-10 marks for SMU, at the 36th Annual Bobby Lane Invitational at Maverick Stadium. All three picked up their first win of the outdoor season after each took second place last week.
Alenbratt came in at 4:29.27 in the 1500 meters to claim the title, while freshmen Kajsa Barr and Frida Kristiansson took sixth and ninth, respectively.
In the hammer throw, Gill claimed first place with a toss of 53.26m, nearly a half meter further than last week at the TCU Invitational. Perez finished 10th with a mark of 42.70m. Perez's top honor though came in the shot put with a heave of 15.34m, one-tenth of a meter further than her personal best.
Gill and Perez weren't the only Mustang throwers who found success. Freshman Rayann Chin had season bests in the both the discus (49.47m) and shot put (14.04m), taking third and sixth, respectively.
In sprints, Amber Evans claimed a pair of top-five results in the 200 and 400 meters. The senior finished third in the 400 coming in at 54.32, and took fifth in the 200 with a time of 24.04.
Freshman Courtney Madden earned a pair of top-10 finishes in the long and triple jumps, taking eighth in the triple jump (11.40m) and ninth in the long jump (5.59m).
Next up for SMU is the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, beginning March 28 and concluding on March 31.