Jan. 30, 2014
Mustangs Set To Compete At Red Raider Invitational:
SMU is set to compete in its third meet of the indoor season as the Mustangs travel to Lubbock, Texas on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Red Raider Invitational hosted by Texas Tech. SMU dominated this meet a season ago as the Mustangs were led by now graduated-senior Mary Alenbratt as she won both the one mile run and the 3000-meter run. In addition, four other Mustangs finished in the top 10 of the mile including, Karoline Skatteboe (second), Shanoah Souza (fifth) and Caitlin Keen (ninth). The Ponies were led by junior Rayann Chin in the weight throw as she placed first with a distance of 17.75 meters. In the sprints, Stephanie Kalu placed second in the 55-meter dash, posting a time of 6.89. SMU will look to have even more success at this year's meet.
Following the Red Raider Invitational, the Mustangs will travel to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic on February 14-15. SMU sits idle until the American Athletic Conference Championships from Feb. 28 - March 1 in New York City, N.Y. (Qualifiers will then compete at the NCAA event in mid-March.)
The SMU indoor track and field team continued its 2014 indoor season this past weekend at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., where the Mustangs had 17 individuals record top 10 finishes in the unscored meet.
Junior Stephanie Kalu took first place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.34 seconds. Her time not only broke her own SMU record, but ranks her first in The American and ninth in the nation in that event. In addition, junior Craishia Washington placed fourth (7.53) in the 60-meter dash and sixth (24.92) in the 200-meter dash. Senior Helena Perez and junior Rayann Chin led the Mustang throwers as they placed fifth (15.34m) and sixth (15.12m) in the shot put. Chin also notched a fifth place finish in the weight throw with a mark of 18.61m. In the distance events, freshman Tova Magnusson led SMU in the 3000-meter run with a sixth place finish as she crossed the finish line in a time of 9:43.94.
Athlete of the Week:
Following her record-setting performance at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational, junior sprinter Stephanie Kalu was named the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 28. The honor was the first of her career. Competing against a strong field in Nashville, Tenn., Kalu took first place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.34 seconds. Her time not only broke her own SMU record, but ranked her first in The American and ninth in the nation in that event. In addition, Kalu placed 13th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.92.
Mustangs Open Indoor Season At Texas A&M:
The SMU indoor track and field team opened its 2014 season this past weekend at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas, where the Mustangs placed third as a team and had 17 individual top 10 finishes.
Freshman Tova Magnusson and sophomore Holly Archer paced the distance runners as they finished second and third in the one mile run with times of 4:51.96 and 4:52.3, respectively. Senior Helena Perez and junior Rayann Chin led the throwers as Perez finished fourth in the shot put (50'00") while Chin placed third in the weight throw (61'0.25"). In addition, senior Lisa Egarter finished third in the high jump with mark of 5'8". For the sprinters, junior Stephanie Kalu paced the Mustangs as she placed third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.47.
Mustang Distance Runners Found Great Success Last Fall:
The Mustang cross country team achieved many goals during the 2013 season and will now try to carry that momentum into the indoor and outdoor seasons for track & field. The team accomplishments from this past fall included winning the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship and advancing as a team to the NCAA Championship meet by placing second at the South Central Regional meet. Individually, SMU had six individuals earn All-American Athletic Conference honors and three student-athletes earn All-Region accolades.
Mustangs Return Two All-Americans:
Junior sprinter Stephanie Kalu and sophomore multi event athlete Lucija Cvitanovic return with All-America honors that they each earned last spring at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Kalu, who set the 100-meter dash record at SMU last spring when she posted an 11.38 mark at the North Texas Classic, earned honorable mention All-America in that event as she placed 22nd on day one of the NCAA Championships last spring. Cvitanovic earned second-team honors for placing 14th in the javelin with a distance of 50.73 meters. That mark ranks her third all-time at SMU.
Sprint Heard Round The World:
Following an outstanding spring where junior sprinter Stephanie Kalu set the 100-meter dash record at SMU and earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships; Kalu was invited to compete in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Track & Field World Championships in Moscow, Russia last August where she ran the 100 and on the 4x100-meter relay team.
"Stephanie is a break through athlete for us as she has taught everyone on this team regardless of their specific event to dream big," Director of Track & Field Dave Wollman said. "She has raised the bar and helped everyone to have greater focus and discipline."
The 2014 SMU track & field team returns 18 letterwinners and will seek to claim the first American Athletic Conference (AAC) Indoor Championship this winter. Director of Track & Field Dave Wollman has high expectations for his team and expects them to be very competitive. The Mustangs are coming off a second place finish at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships last spring and the distance runners won the inaugural AAC cross country championship last fall.
"I feel really good about how we have trained all offseason and we are ready to begin this competition this week," Wollman said. "The cross country championship last fall energized everyone in our program as now we want to carry that momentum over and get even more rings."