SMU Track Places 15th in USTFCCCA Rankings

April 26, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU track and field moved up three spots in the USTFCCCA computer rankings this week to No. 15. The Mustangs have collected 113.94 points in the index this season, ranking the highest among non-BCS automatic qualifying schools.

The Mustangs have impressed this season on their strength in field events. Simone Du Toit holds the nation’s second highest score in the discus. The Junior from South Africa is also ranked 11th in the nation in the shot put.

Freshman Lisa Egarter is making a mark in the high jump after reaching the 1.85 meter mark. Egarter is tied for third in the nation.

The regular season concludes this Saturday, April 30. The Conference USA Championships will begin May 12 in Houston, Texas.

SMU’s du Toit Named C-USA Athlete of the Week

May 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

SMU sophomore Simone du Toit was named the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week Tuesday after a pair of Top-10 finishes at the Oliver Jackson Open in Abilene.

She shares the weekly honor with junior Anderson Mutegi of the University of Texas-El Paso.

At the Oliver Jackson Open, du Toit recorded her season-best distance of 54.45 meters in the discus, which was good for sixth-best in this year’s NCAA rankings.

She won another title with a toss of 16.35 meters in the shot put event.
This is the second career Athlete of the Week award for du Toit, who was also honored after the week of Mar. 30.

The team will get a week off before returning to action on May 13 for the C-USA Championships in Orlando.

SMU Track & Field Outperforms At Final Meet

May 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

The SMU track & field won four events Saturday at the Oliver Jackson Open at Abilene Christian University to finish up the regular season schedule.

Sophomore Simone Du Toit won both the discus throw and the shot put. She earned the sixth best distance in the NCAA this season after throwing the discus 54.45 meters.

Lauren Kuhner won the hammer throw with a distance of 56.54 meters, after placing third in the discus throw. Victoria Leks jumped 1.7 meters to win the high jump event, for her second win in two weeks.

On the track, Amber Evans had two runner-up finishes in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash.

The team takes a week off before heading to Orlando, Fla. for the Conference USA Championship on May 13-15.

SMU Posts Five Top-Five Finishes at Weekend Meets

April 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The Mustang track & field team posted five top-five finishes at a pair matches over the weekend, one at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and one at the Michael Johnson Relays on the Baylor University campus in Waco.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, sophomore Simone du Toit placed third in the shot put with a throw of 16.41 meters. She also finished eighth in the discus throw (51.35m).

Junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset placed fifth in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:26.58 in California, while junior Aasha Marietta had a fifth-place finish in the same event (4:48.54) at the Michael Johnson Relays in Waco.

Also in Waco, senior Chelsea Wells placed fifth in the 400 meter hurdles (1:03.56).

And in Sacramento, Calif., freshman Klara Bodinson placed fifth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:31.32.

Next up for SMU is the Oklahoma Invitational, which will take place this Friday and Saturday in Norman, Okla.

Track & Field Posts Top 10 Finishes at Texas Relays

April 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The SMU track & field team finished in the top 10 in three events over the weekend at the Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

Sophomore Simone du Toit, named the Co-Conference USA Athlete of the Week on Mar. 30, placed fifth in the shot put with a distance of 16.00m.

The Mustang distance medley relay team – including freshmen Sara Sjokvist and Mary Alenbratt, sophomore Amber Evans and junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset – also placed fifth with a time of 11:33.57.

Freshman Klara Bodinson finished tenth in the 1500m run (4:41:20) for SMU.

The team will next compete on Apr. 15-17 in the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

SMU Track and Field Athlete Earns Conference Athlete of the Week

March 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

SMU sophomore Simone du Toit was named the co-Conference USA Athlete of the Week after a record breaking performance last weekend at the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington.

The South African native won two events at the tournament after tossing the shot put 16.42m and posting a mark of 51.13m in the discus throw. Her shot put mark ranks tied for second in the NCAA, while her discus stands at No. 4. This is du Toit’s first career outdoor weekly honor.

du Toit was a World Youth Shot Put Champion in 2005 and is a South African record holder in the shot put.

The Mustangs will be in action at the Texas Relays Saturday at the University of Texas.