SMU Ranked Third In Latest USTFCCCA South Central Region Poll
Nov. 5, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. (USTFCCCA) -- The SMU cross country team moved into third in the latest US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Central Region poll. The Mustangs are coming off a win at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship and its fifth conference title in the last six years (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013).
The Mustangs have been led by performances from the team's underclassmen as five of the six All-AAC performers this past weekend were freshmen and sophomores. Freshman Tova Magnusson paced the Mustangs as she placed 2nd of 75 total runners in the 6K race in 20:23.16.
In addition to Magnusson, freshman Agnes Sjöström crossed the line in the top five, as she finished fourth in a time of 20:33.70. Sophomore Melanie Stemper placed sixth in 20:43.91, with classmate Karoline Skatteboe close behind in seventh in 20:49.46. Senior Caitlin Keen and sophomore Holly Archer were the final all-conference honorees for SMU, taking 10th in 21:03.84 and 11th in 21:04.19, respectively. Also competing for the Mustangs, sophomore Shanoah Souza finished just outside the top 15 as she crossed the finish line with a time of 21:21.80 in 16th place.
The Mustangs' lone senior, Caitlin Keen, has provided leadership for the team as well as great finishes in each of her six meets. Her best finish came at the UTA Invitational where she placed sixth.
Ranked just ahead of the Mustangs in the south central region are Arkansas and Texas A&M.
SMU is idle until the South Central Regionals in Waco, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 15 at 11:15 a.m. CT.