SMU fares well in first track meet as Du Toit qualifies for NCAA Championships
Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
SMU Track and Field kicked the year off in Lubbock at the Texas Tech Invitational.
The Ponies placed well in all areas of the field, especially in sprints, distance and throwing competitions.
Mustang junior Simone Du Toit easily cleared the automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA championships with a throw of 17.45 meters.
The South African native dominated the field and won the competition with more than a meter between herself and the second place runner up.
For her efforts, Du Toit was named Conference USA Co-Women's Athlete of the Week.
In the running side of the competition, Isis Wilson and Amber Evans blew by the field with times of 24.45 and 24.66 respectively. They placed first and second in the 200-meter dash.
Evans was also close behind Wilson in the 55 meter dash with both girls placing fifth and sixth in the field.
Wilson and Evans continued to run well throughout the weekend and posted a second place 4x400-meter relay finish alongside fellow teammates Alexandria Smith and Lakeisha James.
Wilson is new to SMU track this season. The freshman is a native of Houston, Texas where she attended Pasadena Memorial High School. In 2009, she was a Junior Olympic Qualifier in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m.
The Mustangs continued to find success in the running field as they took three of the top four spots in the one mile run.
Mary Allenbratt won the race with a 5:08 time that was only milliseconds ahead of her teammate Klara Bodinson and the race's runner up finisher.
With a time of 5:20 and 12 seconds behind her teammates, Lovisa Lindh closed out the dominant Mustang performance by placing fourth in the field.
Viktoria Leks continued SMU's winning trends throughout the weekend by starting her year off strong with a 1.74 meter jump that would place first for the day.
Teammate Valerie Lindenmuth jumped 1.64 meters and also gained a respectable finish.
SMU had such a dominant weekend that even alumni Libor Charfietag, who was competing for Mizuno, placed first in the men's throwing competition.
Up next for the Mustangs, will be the Oklahoma Invitational which will take place on Jan. 22 in Norman, Okla.