Track and field begin promising season
After a strong showing at their first competition at A&M University last weekend, the SMU track and field team continued their strong play at the Arkansas Invitational this weekend.
Sophomore Simone Du Toit took first place at shot put on the first day of competition with a throw of 15.69m. In second place was Stormy Harrison from TCU with a throw of 15.32m.
Fellow sophomore Ayla Gill, who took third in the weight throw at A&M, did even better in Arkansas. She took first place ahead of senior teammate Lauren Kuhner. Gill threw for 18.37m while Kuhner’s 18.01m was good for second.
On the second day of competition, SMU’s track athletes carried their own weight to match their field counterparts. Four Mustangs placed in the top-10 of their respective races, with several finishing as high as third.
In the 3000-meter run, freshmen Klara Bodinson and Sara Sjokvist took third and fourth respectively. Bodinson finished with a time of 10:01.46 and Sjokvist was right on her heels with a time of 10:01.89.
Junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset placed third in the mile run with a final time of 4:47.92. Freshman Mary Allenbratt also raced in the mile and finished seventh at 4:58.28.
The Mustangs will have a week to recover and regroup before competing in the Houston Invitational on Jan. 30 in Houston.