May 31, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs completed their run at the NCAA Preliminaries in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, as seniors Lisa Egarter and Helena Perez plus freshman Agnes Sjostrom all participated in their top events.
Perez began the day for SMU in the hammer throw, where she entered the event ranked 12th nationally. Perez threw for a distance of 56.45 meters, good for 18th place, but not quite enough to advance to the NCAA Championships. Egarter went next for the Mustangs in the high jump, but was unable to register a mark. Sjostrom, who had been fighting the flu leading into the day, ran in the 5,000-meter run, taking 22nd in the 48-person field at 16:41.64.
"Agnus caught the flu two days ago and gave a gallant effort just to compete," Director of Track and Field Dave Wollman said. "She is another one of our outstanding freshman class that fives me confidence in the bright future of the track and cross country programs."
Two athletes will represent SMU at the NCAA Championships beginning June 11. Lucija Cvitanovic had qualified in the heptathlon prior to the Preliminaries, and freshman Tova Magnusson qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase yesterday.
Wollman expressed how proud he was of his squad after the season they've had (indoor and outdoor conference champions) considering what the program has gone through. Wollman applauded his seniors for their leadership and exuded excitement in the future of the team.
"The two seniors who competed today did not fare well but I reminded them of what an amazingly challenging year it has been for this team," Wollman said. "These were the girls who shouldered the emotional responsibility of leading the team to the AAC titles and were also the ones who led the team in prayers through the loss of Hannah. I can't thank them enough for their courage, strength and senior leadership. We are going to miss them."
Wollman also expressed elation for Magnusson and Cvitanovic and what lies ahead for both of them.
"For Tova and Lucija, I am excited to watch them compete at the next level," Wollman said. "A freshman and a sophomore; this makes me smile."
The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.