June 9, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) – Sophomore Lucija Cvitanovic and freshman Tova Magnusson will head to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships beginning Wednesday. Cvitanovic (heptathlon) will be competing in her second NCAA Championship while Magnusson will make her debut as one of two freshmen in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Cvitanovic is seeded 15th out of 24 competitors in the heptathlon after posting a season-best mark of 5,534 points at the American Athletic Conference Championships. The total was good enough for the Croatia native to win the event and to give Cvitanovic the third-highest heptathlon point total in program history. Last season, Cvitanovic earned second team All-American honors after taking 14th in javelin at the NCAA Championships. Cvitanovic is the first SMU athlete to compete at the NCAA Championships in heptathlon since Gaelle Niare took fourth in the event in 2007, tallying a program-record 5,797 points.
Magnusson is seeded 17th out of 24 contestants in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Magnusson took second in her heat and sixth overall at the NCAA Preliminaries in Fayetteville, Ark., with a personal-best time of 10:10.06. The mark is the third-best all-time at SMU. Magnusson is the first SMU runner since Klara Bodinson in 2011 to compete in the event. Bodinson placed seventh in the first heat that year, missing the finals by less than half a second.
SMU won both the indoor and outdoor American track and field titles this season, marking the first conference championships in the program’s history. SMU sent three participants to the NCAA Championships last season, with Stephanie Kalu (100-meter) and Elizabeth Murphy (hammer throw) joining Cvitanovic in Eugene in 2013.