April 2, 2014
SMU SPLITS ITS TEAM BETWEEN THE STANFORD INVITE AND TEXAS TECH OPEN THIS WEEKEND:
The SMU outdoor track & field team continues its outdoor season as SMU splits its team between the Stanford Invitational (April 4-5) and the Texas Tech Open (April 5) this weekend. Just five Mustangs are heading out to Palo Alto, Calif. as sophomores Karoline Skatteboe (10,000-meter run), Shanoah Souza (5,000-meter run) Melanie Stemper (5,000-meter run) and Holly Archer (1,500-meter run) and freshmen Tova Magnusson (steeple chase) and Agnes Sjöström (5,000-meter run) will compete in the Stanford Invite while the rest of the Ponies will head to Lubbock for the Texas Tech Open.
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 this weekend, SMU will be idle next week before splitting its team once again. This time the Mustangs will compete in the Mt. Sac Relays (April 17-19) in Walnut, Calif., the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas and the Sooner Invitational (April 5) in Norman, Okla.
LOOKING BACK -- TEXAS RELAYS:
SMU competed at the 87th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas this past weekend in its second meet of the 2014 outdoor season. At that meet, sophomore Lucija Cvitanovic and senior Lisa Egarter were the lone competitors for SMU with each of them competing in the heptathlon. Cvitanovic placed fifth (5,455 points) while Egarter competed in four events before retiring from the meet due to injury. Cvitanovic's total score was a personal-best and was good for third all-time at SMU and ranks her sixth in the nation. For her efforts, she was named the American Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week.
Following her fifth-place performance in the heptathlon at the 87th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, sophomore heptathlete Lucija Cvitanovic was named the American Athletic Conference outdoor track & field Athlete of the Week. The honor was the first of her career and SMU's fifth this season. Cvitanovic scored a personal-best 5,455 points over the seven events where she won the javelin with a mark of 48.26 meters (826 pts.), finished fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:18.38 (846 pts.), placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 11.89 meters (654 pts.) and earned ninth in the high jump (1.66m, 806 pts.), 14th in the long jump (5.51m, 703 pts.), 15th in the 100-meter hurdles (14.71 seconds, 880 pts.) and 21st in the 200-meter dash (26.67 seconds, 740 pts.).
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.
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."