SMU Heads To Houston For Conference USA Outdoor Championships Tomorrow
May 8, 2013
HOUSTON (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs, who are ranked sixth in the South Central region, will descend upon the Halloway Field/Ley Track Facility starting tomorrow, hoping for a strong result at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships hosted by Rice.
The Mustangs placed sixth last year, racking up 60 points. Helena Perez will look to defend her title in the shot put, and SMU will look for its fifth consecutive shot put title overall. SMU has dominated in throwing events at the C-USA Championship in recent memory, winning five of the last six discus titles as well. Rayann Chin gives the Mustangs a great chance at making it six of seven, as she comes in with the top distance in the league in discus, posting a 53.22 at the North Texas Spring Classic on April 6. Elizabeth Murphy will look to give SMU its first-ever hammer throw championship, and will be the top seed in the event after posting a 62.25 at the TCU Invitational on March 15.
Amber Evans took the 400-meter dash title last season, and SMU looks to repeat in that event with Rachel Scruggs and Craishia Washington leading the way. Stephanie Kalu will give SMU a great shot at the 100-meter dash crown, while Washington will also look to win in the 200-meter. Washington, Kalu, Scruggs and Isis Wilson will team up for the 4x100-meter relay with the second-best time in the C-USA.
Mary Alenbratt, Ashlee Powers, Karoline Skatteboe, Caitlin Keen and Claire Trotter will compete in distance running events for the Mustangs. Alenbratt has the league's second-best mark in the 1500-meter run (4:21.17 - Stanford Invitational, March 30) and is fourth in the 5000-meter (16:15.77 - Mt. SAC Relays, April 20). Powers and Skatteboe are also in the top 12 in the 5000-meter. Skatteboe also has the fourth-best time in the 10,000-meter run and will compete in her first-career 3000-meter steeplechase event alongside Keen.
Lucija Cvitanovic is the favorite heading into the javelin throw, providing the top C-USA mark (49.03) at the Michael Johnson Classic on April 20. Cvitanovic will be joined by Lisa Egarter in the heptathlon as well. Courtney Madden will look to improve both her long jump and triple jump personal bests.
The C-USA Championships will be televised by Fox Sports Net on tape delay with the first showing being Friday May 17. Live results are available here through Flash Texas.
The Championships get underway at 4 p.m. CT on Thursday with the heptathlon. The finals of the hammer throw and the 10,000-meter races are set for Friday. Saturday's action opens with the long jump at 4 p.m. and the running prelims are two-hours later at 6 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, all events are final with the championship set to conclude with the awards presentation at 9 p.m.
Admission prices are as follows; a four-day pass $25 for adults and $10 for youth (12-17); single day ticket $12 per day for adults and $7 for youth (12-17). Admission is FREE for children age 11 and under and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.