Tulsa, Okla. - With a team total of 51 points, the SMU women’s track and field team placed eighth after the final day of competition at the 2005 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Tulsa, Okla. Louisiana Tech won the women’s team title, scoring 184 points.
SMU senior Karin van Rooyen set a WAC meet record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:39.48, becoming the Mustangs’ first WAC champion of the meet and earning 10 points for SMU. van Rooyen shaved off over three seconds from the previous WAC meet record set by Colorado State’s Sandy Ham in 1991 with a mark of 16:42.77. Freshman Rachel Forish took seventh place with a time of 17:47.77.
In the 1,500-meter run, Karin van Rooyen placed third with a regional qualifying time of 4:26.82, earning six points for SMU. Teammate Jessica Jackson came in fourth place with a mark of 4:30.55 and adding five points to SMU’s team total. Sophomore Rachel Barber placed ninth in the event with a time of 4:52.34.
In the 800-meter run, SMU freshman Ilyssa Pettigrew finished in sixth place with a time of 2:11.13, adding three points for the Mustangs. Freshman Tangela Feemster placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdle finals, posting a mark of 1:05.11.
SMU continues its road to the NCAA Championships with the NCAA Midwest Regional in Norman, Okla., May 27-28.