Dec. 6, 2011
IRVING, Texas (C-USA/SMU) – Silje Fjortoft added another Athlete-of-the-Year trophy to her case today as the league office announced that the redshirt senior has won the award for the second time in her career. Fjortoft earned the honor as a sophomore in 2008.
The distance specialist capped off her cross country career by earning All-America status with a program-best 13th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championship. Leading up to nationals, she captured her third South Central Regional title which earned her South Central Region Athlete of the Year merits by USTFCCA. Prior to that, she won her second C-USA Championship.
The Orsta, Norway native clocked winning times in all six races she competed in and led SMU to three first-place finishes, including the 2011 Conference USA Championships. Fjortoft was named C-USA Athlete of the Week three-times this season and seven for her career.
Fjortoft’s 2011 Races
North Texas Invitational – 4K
13:16 – 1st place
UT-Arlington Invitational – 2 mile
10:31 – 1st place
Notre Dame Invitational – 5K
16:54 – 1st place
Chile Pepper Festival – 6K
19:44.2 – 1st place
Conference USA Championships – 5K
16:06.8 – 1st place
NCAA South Central Regional Championships – 6K
19:59.1 – 1st place
19:41.2 – 13th place