Leks, Fjortoft led Mustangs at Sooner Invitational

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With the Conference USA championships looming on the horizon, the SMU track and field team turned in one of its top performances of the season at the Sooner Invitational over the weekend.

Sophomore Viktoria Leks took first place in the high jump on Saturday with a final jump of 1.73m. Leks has won the high jump in several meets this season, but her mark on Saturday was a season-best for her.

Silje Fjortoft came in second in the 3000-meters with a final time of 10:02.28. Her time was actually eight seconds better than the previous meet record; however, her time is now actually 20 seconds behind the new meet time of 9:39.79, which was set by fellow competitor Caroline Jepleting from New Mexico.

In the 1500-meters, two Mustangs finished in the top-10. Klara Bodinson and Sara Sjokvist took seventh and ninth place, respectively. Bodinson turned in a final time of 4:45.66, while Sjokvist crossed the finish line at 4:49.29.

SMU also got two strong finishes in the hammer throw. Ayla Gill threw for 56.74 meters, which earned her third place honors. Lauren Kuhner was right behind her in fifth place. Kuher’s throw finished at 55.00 meters exactly. Kuhner also placed eighth in the discus throw earlier that day with a throw of 45.20 meters.

And finally, Ebony Cuington took eighth place in the 400 meter hurdles with a final time of 1:07.44. Also taking an eighth place finish was SMU’s 4×100 relay team, which crossed the finish line with a time of 3:52.95.

The Mustangs will next participate at the UNT Twilight before heading to Orlando, Fla. to partake in the C-USA Championships.

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