SMU Track Places 15th in USTFCCCA Rankings

April 26, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

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 Athletics: Spring Break Recap

March 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Marissa Belske

While most SMU students were at home or on a beach somewhere, the devoted SMU students athletes continued to play as their season continued on.

It was a successful week for the Mustangs with men’s basketball, women’s swimming and track all stepping up to the plate and delivering for SMU athletics.

Men’s Baksetball

Over spring break, men’s basketball won it’s first postseason game since 1988 with a victory over Oral Roberts in round one of the CIT ( Tournament). This was SMU’s first postseason appearance since 2000.

In the victory, senior Papa Dia continued his regular season dominace with 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. The victory allowed SMU to continue on to round two of the CIT.

In the second round of the CIT the Mustangs came up successful against Jacksonville. In the 63-62 victory, the Mustangs shot 63.2 percent from the field, topping jacksonville’s 35.1 percent.

Papa Dia continued to impress with 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Jeremiah Samarippas had a career-high 16 points, hitting 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.

The Mustangs compete in the quarterfinals of the CIT this Monday, March 21 against Northern Iowa.

Women’s Swimming

Women’s swimming finished out their 2010-2011 season with a 36th place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Junior swimmer Therese Svendsen earned the honor of All-American as she placed ninth in the 100-yard backstoke. Freshmen Nina Rangelova and Genny Konicke also competed for SMU in the NCAA Championships.

Track and Field

SMU track and field kicked of their 2011 outdoor season last week at the TCU invitational. Several Mustangs set personal bests while in Fort Worth.

Junior Ayla Gill went for 61.70 meters in the hammer throw, topping the rest of the field by over ten meters and setting her personal best.

Egheosa Osawemsenza and Mary Alenbratt also set personal bests with a 1:03.86 finish in the 400 meter hurdles and a 2:09.81 second place finish in the 800 meter run respectively.

Viktoria Leks and Lisa Egarter took the second and third spots in the high jump while Silje Fjortoft and Lara Bodinson also placed second and third respectively in the 1500 meter run.

SMU Track and Field Athlete Earns Conference Athlete of the Week

March 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

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.