May 23, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) – Six SMU track and field athletes will begin competition tomorrow at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas to vie for the opportunity to compete at next month’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Mustangs top mark of the year has come from sprinter Amber Evans. At the Conference USA Championship, the senior clocked her fastest time of the season in the 400m, coming in at 52.92 to become the first Mustang to win the event at the conference championship. Her time was the 24th fastest in the in country and ranked 13th in the West.
Helena Perez also enters the preliminary round coming off of a win at the conference championships. The sophomore won shot put after recoding a new personal best toss at 15.82m. It was also the longest throw of the in the conference this season.
Kristine Eikrem-Engeset also earned her spot in the prelims with her 5,000m time at the C-USA Championships. Coming in at 16:38.06, the senior’s career-best time in the event earned her second place.
Also joining the previous three for her second-consecutive trip to the prelims is junior Mary Alenbratt who qualified in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:24.95 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
The Mustangs will also have two freshmen in the field as Craishia Washington will compete in the 200m after recording a time of 23.58 at the TCU Invitational, while Rayann Chin also advanced to the postseason in the discus after a toss of 50.02m at the North Texas Spring Classic.
The meet will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT at Mike A. Myers Stadium and conclude Saturday evening.