SMU Claims Three Individual Titles on Day Two of The American Championships
May 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. (SMU) - Sophomore multi-event athlete Lucija Cvitanovic claimed two titles while freshman distance runner Agnes Sjöström won her first as the SMU outdoor track & field team leads the American Athletic Conference Championship with 108 points following day two of competition in Tampa, Fla. Cvitanovic won both the heptathlon (personal-best 5,534 points) and the javelin (50.63 meters) while Sjöström captured her title in the 5,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 16:09.28. Along with the two individual champs and three titles, SMU had two other student-athletes earn all-conference honors for finishing in the top-3 of their respective events. The Ponies sit in first place following day two of The American Championships with a team score of 108 points. SMU leads second place Louisville by 58.8 points.
Following two days of competition, SMU has had four student-athletes claim five individual titles and has had five Mustangs earn all-conference honors across nine events.
"Our team is putting together a meet unlike any that I have ever been a part of," Director of Track & Field Dave Wollman said. "There is no doubt that the kind of individual performances we had the last two days comes from months of dedication to training."
The Mustangs captured five top-10 finishes in the 5,000-meter run including Sjöström's first place finish. Following the freshman was sophomore Shanoah Souza who earned her second all-conference honor as she placed third with a personal-best time of 16:27.30.
In the shot put, SMU had three top-6 finishes and were led by senior Helena Perez, who garnered her second all-conference honor as she finished third with a season-best mark of 15.97 meters. Perez won the hammer throw yesterday with a toss of 61.22 meters.
"We have had numerous personal-best performances thus far and several individual champions," Wollman continued. "However, this meet is meant to be a time to honor Hannah (Moss), and we intend to do this as a team."
"I know I speak for all our student-athletes when I say that tomorrow, we need to continue to put forth great effort and achieve our team goal. After that we will take the time to honor each individual performance."
The heptathlon completed its final three events today including the long jump, javelin and the 800-meter run. Cvitanovic, who stood in second place overall coming into today, secured the championship with two first place finishes. The sophomore won the javelin with a mark of 46.67 meters and the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.80.
Senior Lisa Egarter finished fifth in the heptathlon and earned her top finish in the event yesterday when she placed second in the high jump with leap of 1.70 meters.
After just two running events last night, a slew of them got underway today at The American Championships and SMU competed in three of them, including the prelims of the 1,500-meter run and the 100-meter and 200-meter dash races.
Sophomore Karoline Skatteboe paced three Mustang distance runners in the 1,500-meter race as she clocked a time of 4:35.03. Stephanie Kalu was the lone SMU sprinter to compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash races. The junior placed third in the 100m with a time of 11.64 seconds and she finished seventh in the 200m in 23.84 seconds.
"There is chemistry on this team that elevates them to a very high level," Wollman stated. "They care for each other and go to battle for one another. It's humbling to watch and fun to be in the middle of it all."
SMU is back in action tomorrow for the third and final day of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship as the Mustangs look to win the school's first women's outdoor conference title. In addition, SMU will look to complete the Triple Crown as the Ponies have already won the inaugural cross country title last fall and the indoor track & field crown on March 1.
The first female field event begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT and the running events start at 10:10 a.m. CT
"Go Mustangs!" Wollman exclaimed in closing. "Two days down, one to go!"
Please visit http://www.theamerican.org/sports/2014/4/2/OUTDOOR_0402140602.aspx for a complete schedule of tomorrow's events and ways to follow and watch the meet live.
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