Mustang Runners Seek To Claim First American Athletic Conference Title
Aug 23, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) -- The 2013 SMU women's cross country team returns six letterwinners and will seek to claim the first American Athletic Conference Championship this fall.
The Mustangs have enjoyed great success over the past five seasons, with four Conference USA championships during that span. In 2013, Coach Cathy Casey enters her 11th year (2002-present) at SMU, having become the cross country coach in 2005.
Casey said she is excited and optimistic about the new conference and its competitiveness. "I am very excited to go against new schools, which will force us to elevate our performances as a whole," she said.
Last year's team leader Mary Alenbratt, who qualified for the NCAA Championship and was a First Team All-C-USA selection. "Mary will be very difficult to replace. Our team was very young a year ago and she provided great leadership and mentorship," said Casey.
The lone returning senior in 2013 is Keen. Casey is confident of her strengths and the example she will set. "Caitlin will be a great leader and has the ability to mentor our entire freshman class," said Casey.
SMU has an incoming freshman class of seven, the same as a year ago. "We've had young girls compete at a high level for us, which has resulted in our success." she said.
Three freshmen during the 2012 campaign earned all-conference honors and played major roles in the conference title. Casey said she expects the same type of production from her incoming class this fall. Look for Tova Magnusson, Agnes Sjöström and sophomore Melanie Stemper to make an immediate impact.
SMU will open the season at the Bear Twilight Invitational, hosted by Baylor University on Aug. 30, at 6 p.m.