Women's Track

Mustang Track & Field Team Set to Compete In The Inaugural AAC Championships

Go smu! Freshman Agnes Sjöström
Go smu!
Freshman Agnes Sjöström
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Feb. 26, 2014

 SMU at American Athletic Conference Championships
 Date  Feb. 14- 15, 2014
 Location  New York City, N.Y.
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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (SMU) -- SMU is set to travel to New York City, N.Y. to compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at the New Balance Track & Field Center in Armory. The meet will last from Feb. 28 - March 1 as the Mustangs look to win the school's first women's indoor conference title.

Following the Championships:
Fans can follow the championships on the Internet through The American's Championship Central Page here: http://www.theamerican.org/sports/2014/1/22/INDOOR_0122143721.aspx

Available through this link is the schedule for each day/results once an event is finished and the American Athletic Conferences Championship Program.

Live Video Coverage:
The American Digital Network will be producing live video coverage of the championship. Below are the links for each day:

Friday: http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=50
Saturday: http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=51

Attending the Championships:
Tickets are priced at $15 per day for adults and $10 per day for noncompeting students with appropriate identification. Tickets will be available at the Armory ticket booth on the dates of competition. All seats are general admission.

Earning All-American Athletic Conference:
The top two finishers at the Championship will receive awards, along with the top six finishers in each individual event. The top three individuals in every event will also make up the All-Conference team.

Mustangs in the National Rankings:
SMU has two runners, two throwers and one multi-event athlete ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA across six events. The Mustangs are led by junior sprinter Stephanie Kalu as she ranks tied for eighth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.29 seconds. Freshman Agnes Sjöström leads the Mustang distance runners as she ranks 43rd (16:31.05) in the 5000-meter run and 96th (9:33.86) in the 3000-meter run.

In the throwing events, junior Rayann Chin ranks 14th (20.82m) in the weight throw and 69th (15.12m) on the shot put. Also in the shot put, senior Helena Perez ranks 32nd with a mark of 15.85m. The lone multi-event athlete ranked for SMU is senior Lisa Egarter as she sits 78th in the high jump with a distance of 1.73m.

Looking Ahead:
Following the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships, qualifying student-athletes will then compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships which take place on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Looking Back:
Freshman Agnes Sjöström paced the Mustang distance runners as she placed ninth (9:33.86) in the 3000-meter run and 14th (16:31.05) in the 5000-meter run as the SMU indoor track and field team competed at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. Sjöström held the top times in the American Athletic Conference in both the 3000-meter and 5000-meter events following the meet.

In the throwing events for SMU, junior Rayann Chin placed first in the weight throw with a personal best mark of 20.82 meters. That mark not only gives her the top distance in the conference but it ranked her 14th in the country. In addition to Chin, senior Helena Perez placed third in the shot put with a mark of 15.14 meters.

Chin's Athlete of the Week:
Following her outstanding performance at the Iowa State Classic, junior thrower Rayann Chin was named the indoor track & field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 18. Competing against a strong field in Ames, Iowa, Chin took first place in the weight throw with a mark of 20.82 meters. That mark ranked her first in The American, 14th in the nation and second all-time at SMU in that event. In addition, Chin placed fourth in the shot put with a distance of 14.92m.

Kalu's A Two-Time Athlete of the Week:
Junior Stephanie Kalu was named as the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week on Feb. 4. Kalu earned this award for finishing first in the 55-meter dash, breaking her own school record for the second-straight week with a time of 6.75 (which converts to 7.29 in the 60-meter dash). That 60-meter time ranks her seventh nationally and first in The American at the Masked Rider Invitational.

Kalu won her first weekly honor when he paced the Mustangs at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational on January 25. At that meet, Kalu took first place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.34 seconds and placed 13th in the 200-meter in 24.92.



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