Hot Links: Four Mustangs make NCAA Championships

Four members of the SMU track and field will compete at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships through June 14 at Drake University Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Silje Fjortoft (3,000m steeplechase), Andrea Kvetova (javelin), Christina Mueller (discus) and Ilyssa Pettigrew (800m) all qualified for the finals at NCAA Regionals earlier this month. Read more.

Hot Links: Seven make the cut for NCAA track and field regionals

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SMUSeven track and field athletes have qualified for the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Regional Championships, hosted by Nebraska May 30-31. The following Mustangs met the qualifying standards for their events:

  • Gayla Cloud, first-year, 100m hurdles
  • Silje Fjortoft, first-year, 3,000m steeplechase
  • Lauren Kuhner, sophomore, hammer throw
  • Andrea Kvetova, senior, javelin
  • Christina Mueller, junior, discus
  • Ilyssa Pettigrew (left), senior, 800m run
  • Kylie Spurgeon, first-year, discus

Junior swimmer Jennifer Basel and junior golfer Kate Ackerson have been named to their 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-District teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Basel holds a 3.94 cumulative G.P.A. in mathematics and mechanical engineering. She helped the Mustangs to a 5-3 dual record and 12th consecutive conference championship this season with conference and pool records in the 400 IM and 200 breast.

Ackerson holds a 3.89 G.P.A. in business. She has won three career Conference USA Golfer of the Week awards and finished third at the 2007 C-USA Championships.

Hot Links: Fjortoft named C-USA Freshman of the Year

SMU track and field competitor Andrea KvetovaFirst-year runner Silje Fjortoft won the 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m titles at the 2008 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 15-17 in El Paso, where SMU finished in fifth overall.

With her conference championship wins, Fjortoft also earned C-USA Freshman of the Year and All-Conference honors. Read more.

Senior track and field competitor Andrea Kvetova (left) has been named to the Conference USA All-Academic team with a 3.94 G.P.A. and the longest javelin throw in the conference this season. Her 172’11” throw is seventh best in the nation for the season and qualifies her for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships May 30-31 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

In addition, Kvetova took the Conference USA javelin title with a 50.28m throw at the 2008 C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Junior Christina Mueller won the discus title at the same event with a 54.26m throw, a mark nearly three meters better than her nearest opponent. Read more.