Track and field earn first runner-up in AAC Championship

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After two days of competition, SMU came in second in the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship in Birmingham, Alabama. Cincinnati clinched the overall victory with 147 points; the Mustangs totaled 85 points.

On the first day, Hannah Miller took first place in the 5000-meter (16:34.94). Saturday, she claimed another gold in the 3000-meter (9:39.10) and was honored as the Female MVP of the Meet. The sophomore from New Zealand contributed the most points for the Mustangs.

Junior LaTessa Johnson had an explosive performance in the 200-meter, breaking conference, school and personal records. Earlier this season, she clocked a 23.29, but over the weekend in the Birmingham Crossplex Johnson recorded 23.17 to take the gold.

Chelsea Francis competed alongside Johnson, taking third place with her personal best 23.73 finish in the 200-meter. Francis and Johnson also competed in the 60-meter sprint to add additional points for the Mustangs. Francis finished second (7.33), while Johnson finished fourth (7.42).

Freshman Cassie Ackemann earned her first conference accolade for her high jump performance. Ackemann claimed bronze with her 1.73m jump.

Overall the Mustangs finished second out of 12 AAC teams. Next up, the Mustangs will travel to College Station, Texas, to compete in the NCAA Championships on March 9-10.

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