Track takes home medals at the Arkansas Spring Invitational

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The SMU track team traveled to Fayetteville over the weekend to compete in the Arkansas Spring Invitational. The weekend was full of top-10 finishes and personal records from the Mustangs.

Sophomore Hannah Miller claimed her second consecutive gold medal in the 3,000m over the past two meets. Additionally, the sophomore’s 9:35.67 finish broke the Arkansas Spring Invitational meet record.

In the 1,500m, Marlene Gomez-Islinger took second with her 4:42:13 finish. Freshman Tess Misgen came in 2:11.30 in the 800m, claiming fourth place.

In the 100m dash, the Mustangs saw three top-10 finishers. Latessa Johnson finished third with a time of 11.42. Chelsea Francis followed close behind with a fourth place finish and Alexis Center came in eighth, recording her personal record of 11.61.

Center, Francis and Johnson were joined by Madison Pyle to represent SMU in the 4×100 relay, coming in second with a 45.48 finish.

Pyle also impressed in her 400m hurdle performance. She finished fourth, recording her personal record of 1:01.28. Anna Novosadova represented SMU in the 100m hurdles, finishing second with her personal best 14.08 finish.

Alison Esparza took home the gold in the 3,000m steeplechase, with her personal record of 11:02.94. Anneke Grogan came in close behind Esparza with her second place finish of 11:08.49.

Senior Tochi Nlemchi also continued her victory streak with yet another first place finish in the shot put, recording a 15.87m throw. Nlemchi also claimed tenth place in the discus throw with her 38.96m throw.

Next up, the Mustangs will divide to conquer the final four meets of March. SMU will be represented at the Texas Relays, the Bobcat Invitational, the Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival

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