SMU Places 31st At NCAA Championship Meet
Nov. 23, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (SMU) - The SMU cross country team placed 31st at the NCAA Championship meet. The Mustangs are coming off a second place finish at the South Central Regional Championship, which advanced them to the national meet today. Freshman Agnes Sjöström paced SMU as she finished 155th (21:41.0) overall out of 254 total runners in the 6K race.
"This was this groups first time at nationals and being that we are a very young team, today gives us valuable experience to draw upon in the future," head coach Cathy Casey said. "We had an outstanding year and I could not be more proud of each individual."
In addition to Sjöström, sophomore Karoline Skatteboe placed 181st with a time of 21:53.7.
Sophomores Melanie Stemper and Shanoah Souza finished in 193rd (21:58.7) and 206th (22:07.5), respectively. Freshmen Tova Magnusson and senior Caitlin Keen also competed for the Ponies recording times of 22:26.2 and 22:42.0.
Keen's cross country career at SMU came to end this afternoon in Terre Haute. Her accolades during her time on the Hilltop include second team All-Conference USA and All-South Central Region in 2012 and All-American Athletic Conference in 2013.
Keen has provided leadership for the team this season as well as great finishes in each of her eight meets. Her best finish came at the UTA Invitational where she placed sixth.
"Caitlin will be greatly missed," Casey said. "She grew as a runner and leader more than I ever thought she would."
The Mustangs achieved many goals this season including winning the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship and advancing as a team to the NCAA Championship meet by placing second at the South Central Regional meet. Individually, SMU had six individuals earn All-AAC honors and three student-athletes earn All-Region accolades.
For the NCAA Championship, Providence placed first and won the championship, while Dartmouth senior Abby D'Agostino took home the individual title crossing the finish line in a time of 20:00.3.