Senior Helena Perez
April 8, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU/American) - Following her outstanding performance at the Texas Tech Open, senior thrower Helena Perez has been named the outdoor track & field Athlete of the Week, the American Athletic Conference announced Tuesday. The honor is the first of her career and SMU's sixth this season.
Competing against a strong field in Lubbock, Texas, Perez took first place in both the shot put (15.62m) and the hammer throw (60.03m). The senior now ranks 19th in the hammer throw and 27th in the shot put, nationally. She also holds the top mark in The American in each event. In addition, Perez placed ninth in the discus with a distance of 42.86 meters.
"This was a break-through performance for Helena," Director of Track & Field Dave Wollman said. "Her confidence is now through the roof and she and I are both very excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for us."
Prior to the Texas Tech Open, Perez finished third in both the shot put (15.69m) and the hammer throw (54.91m) and earned 10th in the discus (40.70m) in SMU’s first outdoor meet of the season, the TCU Horned Frog Invitational. She also was named an All-AAC performer following her third place finish in the shot put (15.66m) at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship as Perez helped SMU win the program’s first indoor conference championship in school history.
Perez and the Mustangs are idle until next weekend when SMU splits 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 19) in Norman, Okla.