March 25, 2014
MUSTANGS SET TO TRAVEL TO AUSTIN FOR TEXAS RELAYS:
SMU continues its outdoor season tomorrow at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. The event concludes on Saturday, March 29. The Mustangs are competing in this event for the ninth consecutive year. SMU is coming the first meet of its outdoor season at the TCU Horned Frog Invitational where the Mustangs recorded three first places finishes including senior Lisa Egarter (high jump, 1.68 meters), junior Stephanie Kalu (100-meter dash, 11.15 seconds) and sophomore Lucija Cvitanovic (javelin, 47.79 meters).
With the outdoor season upon SMU, the Mustangs will look to complete the trifecta and win the AAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship as the Ponies won the inaugural cross country title last fall and the indoor track & field crown just a few weeks ago.
Following the Texas Relays, SMU splits its team between the Stanford Invitational (April 4-5) in Palo Alto, Calif. and the Texas Tech Open (April 5) in Lubbock.
LOOKING BACK -- TCU HORNED FROG INVITATIONAL:
SMU competed in its first meet of the 2014 outdoor season at the TCU Horned Frog Invitational at the Lowdon Track Field Complex in Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend. At that meet, senior Lisa Egarter (high jump, 1.68 meters), junior Stephanie Kalu (100-meter dash, 11.15 seconds) and sophomore Lucija Cvitanovic (javelin, 47.79 meters) all recorded first place finishes for the Mustangs.
Kalu led the Mustang sprinters with her first place finish in the 100-meter dash and a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash as she posted a time of 23.21 seconds. In addition, sophomore Rachel Scruggs had a third place finish for the Mustangs in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.07 seconds. SMU recorded two top-10 finishes in the 1500-meter run as sophomore Karoline Skatteboe finished fourth (4:43.03) and sophomore Shanoah Souza finished fifth with a time of 4:44.89. In the 3,000-meter run, the Mustangs claimed five of the top-10 performances with freshman Tova Magnusson leading SMU in the event with a time of 9:53.03 to place second.
Junior Rayann Chin placed third (48.75 meters) in the discus and fourth (47.24 meters) in the hammer throw while senior Helena Perez led SMU in the hammer throw as she finished third with a mark of 54.91 meters. In the discus, freshman Tochi Nlemchi placed sixth with a distance of 44.68 meters while Perez finished 10th with a mark of 40.70.
THIRD TIME'S A CHARM:
Junior Stephanie Kalu was named as the American Athletic Conference's first outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week on March 25. Kalu earned this award for finishing first in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash, breaking her own school record in the 100-meter and setting the school record in the 200-meter as she posted times of 11.15 and 23.21 seconds, respectively. This was the third weekly honor this season for Kalu as she earned the accolades following her outstanding performances at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational and the Masked Rider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas.
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.
THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP:
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.
THE SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP:
SMU won the inaugural Indoor American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship as the Mustangs totaled 118.5 points over the two-day meet. Three student-athletes claimed individual titles for SMU as juniors Stephanie Kalu (60-meter dash, 7.31 seconds) and Rayann Chin (shot put, 15.99 meters) and sophomore Lucija Cvitanovic (pentathlon, 3,854 points) led the way for SMU. Chin was named as the 2014 Most Outstanding Field Athlete while Director of Track & Field Dave Wollman and his staff were selected as the Women's Coaching Staff of the Year. The title was the first women's indoor crown in program history. The meet was held at the Armory in New York.
MUSTANGS RETURN TWO ALL-AMERICANS FOR 2014 SEASON:
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."