June 13, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. (SMU) - SMU freshman Tova Magnusson placed 12th in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning her Second Team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. Sophomore Lucija Cvitanovic took 17th in the heptathlon, including posting the top mark in the javelin portion of the event.
"A very emotional season has finally come to an end," SMU Director of Track and Field Dave Wollman said. "Both girls competed with all their heart and I'm very proud of them."
Magnusson became the first Mustang to earn All-America status in the steeplechase since Silje Fjortoft in 2008. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native crossed the line in 10:33.59, as one of just two freshmen to compete in the event. Magnusson took first in the steeplechase at the American Athletic Conference Championships.
Cvitanovic jumped five positions in the standings on the final day of the heptathlon after taking first in javelin (48.87 meters) and 12th in the 800-meter run (2:22.03). Cvitanovic won the heptathlon at the conference championships also competed in javelin at the NCAA Preliminaries.
SMU won its first and second league titles in program history this season, sweeping both the indoor and outdoor American Athletic Conference crowns.