May 30, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs' freshmen had another strong day at the NCAA Preliminaries, led by Tova Magnusson qualifying for the NCAA Championships by placing sixth at the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday.
Magnusson set a new personal best with a time of 10:10.06, good for second place in the first heat of the event. The time is also the third-best all-time at SMU. Shanoah Souza also competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing 41st.
The duo added to the impressive display already put on by SMU's freshmen, after Tochi Nlemchi posted five personal bests in six throws at the shot put yesterday.
"We have so many young people at the meet that are performing so well," Director of Track and Field Dave Wollman said. "It shows that the program is going to be strong for years to come. It's exciting. They're performing so well at the right time of the year."
Junior Rayann Chin took 22nd in the discus on Friday, posting a top distance of 49.81 meters. Junior Stephanie Kalu ran in the semifinals of the 100-meter dash, taking 19th while posting a mark of 11.70. Kalu qualified for the semifinals after completing the 100-meter in 11.61 in the preliminaries yesterday.
Senior Helena Perez will look to advance to her first NCAA Championships in the hammer throw tomorrow. Perez is currently ranked 12th nationally in the event. Fellow senior Lisa Egarter will look to make her second career trip to the NCAA finals in the high jump, and freshman Agnes Sjostrom will compete in the 5,000-meter run as well.