Nov. 21, 2011
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (SMU) - Senior Silje Fjortoft finished off her SMU cross country career with a 13th place finish at the NCAA Championships this afternoon at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. By finishing in the top 40, with a time of 19:58.1, the Orsta, Norway native earned All-America honors for the first time.
Fjortoft led for a majority of the race, including holding a nine second lead at the halfway point, but she was overtaken in the later stages of the 6K race. Still, the senior's top 15 finish was the highest ever by a Mustang runner at the NCAA Championships.
"This capped off the final competition for Silje as a Mustang and it solidifies her as SMU's most celebrated cross country runner ever," said SMU Director of Track and Field Dave Wollman. "Silje is simply irreplaceable, but her contributions as a Mustang have set the tone for future classes and what they will be striving for moving forward."
Villanova's Sheila Reid went on to win the 6K race for her second-consecutive NCAA individual championship with a time of 19:41.2, 25.7 seconds faster than her time in 2010.
Fjortoft went into the Monday's race unbeaten this year and was recently named South Central Region Athlete of the Year for the third time in her career.