Hot Links: Fjørtoft sets world’s fastest time at Stanford Invitational

SMU distance runner Silje FjortoftSophomore distance runner Silje Fjørtoft (left) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the fastest time run by any woman in the world this year at the 2009 Stanford Invitational March 27. Racing in a field of elite distance specialists, including some of the fastest in the world, she took the title in 9:56.73. Fjørtoft was named Conference USA Co-Athlete of the Week March 31 with UCF thrower Kelsey Poljansek. The Mustang cross-country team will compete April 2-4 at the 2009 Texas Relays in Austin. Read more.

Read more about Silje from the April 1, 2009 Daily Campus

Senior Kseniia Tokarieva earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors in women’s tennis March 31, 2009. She led the No. 24 Mustangs to a 5-0 winning streak during the previous week, defeating UALR, No. 28 DePaul, No. 59 Nevada, Louisville and No. 66 Wichita State. Tokarieva went 3-0 at No. 3 doubles and 2-0 at No. 6 singles. Currently, she is tied in 7th place for SMU career doubles victories with 55. Read more.

Former SMU men's soccer coach Jim BenedekTwo Mustang football games for 2009 have been slated for national television broadcasts. The annual State Farm DFW Duel – Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU will be televised on The Mtn. with a 7 p.m. kickoff Oct. 3, and the SMU-Houston game will be aired on CBS College Sports at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. In addition, due to a scheduling conflict, the SMU-Tulane game will now be played on Nov. 2. Read more.

A memorial service for Jim Benedek (right), the first soccer coach in SMU history, will be held at 11 a.m. April 4 at Moody Coliseum. A reception will take place afterward from 1-3 p.m. at Campisi’s Egyptian Restaurant on Mockingbird Lane. Benedek, who died March 30, coached the Mustang men for their first 9 seasons, 1975-83. He led the team to a 129-31-15 record and its first three NCAA Tournament appearances in 1979, 1980 and 1983. His .765 winning percentage remains the highest in school history. Read more.

Hot Links: Tommy Poynter makes Rudy Award list

SMU senior offensive lineman Tommy PoynterSenior offensive lineman Tommy Poynter (left) is a candidate for the 2008 College Football Rudy Award, as announced Dec. 10 by The Rudy Foundation charitable organization. The award honors student-athletes who “demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment” as members of their collegiate football teams. Read more.

Sophomore Silje Fjortoft and senior Jessa Simmons were named to Conference USA’s Cross Country All-Academic Team Dec. 10. Nominees for the All-Academic team must earn a 3.2 cumulative G.P.A. or better. Fjortoft and Simmons, both students in Dedman College, earned second-team honors. Read more.

Senior midfielder Jeff Harwell has been named third-team All-Midwest Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Harwell had 8 points in his senior season on a goal and 6 assists. His 6 assists tied him with teammate Gabe Arredondo for the second-highest total among all players in Conference USA. Read more.

SMU, CBS College Sports Network and Metro Sports Texas have reached an agreement to televise a total of 16 SMU men’s basketball games for the 2008-09 season on Time-Warner Cable in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Waco, Austin and San Antonio markets. In addition, 4 games will be televised on CBS College Sports Network. Read more.

Hot Links: Fall 2008 honors for athletes

Junior offensive lineman Mitch Enright and sophomore linebacker Pete Fleps have been named to the Conference USA All-Academic football team. Enright earned a 3.99 G.P.A. as a management major in SMU’s Cox School of Business and is pursuing his M.B.A. after graduating with an undergraduate degree in three years. He is a two-time member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football Team and was a two-year starter and member of the Rimington Trophy Watch List.

Fleps is a marketing major in the Cox School with a 3.54 G.P.A. He made 23 tackles in one game at Navy, which ranks as the fourth-most ever in a game by a C-USA player, and led SMU with 106 tackles in 2008. Read more.

SMU wide receiver Emmanuel SandersJunior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (left) has been named a second-team All-Conference USA performer. He picked up 958 yards and nine touchdowns in 2008 and ranks as SMU’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 27. He also holds University records for career 100-yard-receiving games with 10 and for season 100-yard games with six (2008). He is the first player in SMU history to record three 600-yard receiving seasons.

Also recognized were senior punter Thomas Morstead and sophomore wideout Aldrick Robinson, who were each named honorable mention All-C-USA. Read more.

Sophomore Silje Fjortoft has been named the Conference USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. She became the C-USA women’s individual medalist after running a 5K course-record time of 16:46 and beating her closest contender by 57 seconds. She also was named to both the All-C-USA First Team and All-South Central Region Team. Her 40th-place performance at the NCAA Championships led SMU to a conference team-best finish of 20th. Read more.

Hot Links: Henderson holds new NCAA kickoff return record

SMU senior wide receiver Jesse HendersonSenior wide receiver Jesse Henderson (left) has set an NCAA record with 2,945 career kickoff return yards. Henderson broke the old record of 2,922 – set by Tulane’s Jeff Liggon from 1993-96 – with his performance during SMU’s game against Southern Mississippi Nov. 29, 2008. Read more.

First-year guard Paul McCoy was named Conference USA Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week after his performance over three games in the 2008 SMU Tip-Off Classic Nov. 21-23 in Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs went 2-1 for the week with a 79-60 win over Houston Baptist, a 56-51 victory against Alabama State and an 84-73 loss to Illinois State in the championship game of the invitational. Read more.

The Mustang equestrian team is ranked #11 in the Intercollegiate Equestrian Coaches poll after pulling off the biggest win in program history: a 7-5 upset of #2 Georgia Nov. 23 at Park Lane Equestrian Center in Dallas. The season resumes next semester. Read more.

The cross country team finished 20th in the 2008 NCAA Division I Championships, which took place Nov. 24 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. The team’s finish was its best in more than a decade. Read more.

Hot Links: #19 cross country team to NCAA Championships

NCAA Cross Country Championships logoSMU’s 19th-ranked cross country team has been selected to race in the 2008 Division I Cross Country Championships, to be held Nov. 24 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course of the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The race will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Central time and will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports Network and streamed online via Read more.

SMU middle blocker Kendra KahanekJunior middle blocker Kendra Kahanek (left) was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for her performance in the Mustang volleyball team‘s win over Tulsa Nov. 16, 2008. Kahanek set conference, University and personal records with 17 blocks during the 3-1 victory. Read more.

Senior midfielder Gabe Arredondo has been named to Conference USA’s 2008 All-Academic Team. A geology major in SMU’s Dedman College, Arredondo carries a G.P.A. of 3.211 and has scored eight points this season on a goal and six assists. Read more.

Hot Links: Eight soccer players earn All-Conference honors

SMU's Paulo da SilvaThe 3rd season of “Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty” debuts Nov. 24, 2008 on KAAM 770 AM, live from Ten Sports Grill, 1302 Main St. in downtown Dallas. Listen online and submit questions for Coach Doh or call in at 972-445-0770 or 877-272-5226. Read more.

The men’s soccer team fell to South Carolina 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Conference USA tournament Nov. 12. The NCAA announces the field for its postseason tournament Nov. 17. Read more.

Meanwhile, 8 Mustang soccer players have earned All-Conference honors. On the men’s team, sophomore defender/midfielder Leone Cruz, junior forward Paulo da Silva (right), senior midfielder Jeff Harwell and sophomore midfielder Kekoa Osorio were named 2nd-team All-Conference. Midfielder Diogo de Almeida and forward Arthur Ivo were named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team. Read more.

On the women’s team, junior defender Kim Peabody was named first-team All-Conference, and first-year forward Logan May was selected to the league’s All-Freshman team. Read more.

SMU's Silje Fjortoft and Rachael ForishFresh from winning its first Conference USA title, the cross country team heads to Waco Nov. 15 for the 2008 NCAA South Central Regionals. Running for the 19th-ranked Mustangs will be the 2006 and 2007 South Central Regional Female Athletes of the Year, senior Rachael Forish and sophomore Silje Fjortoft. Fjortoft also owns the 2008 C-USA individual title after clocking the fastest 5K time in conference history, 16:46. (Left, Fjortoft and Forish.) Read more.

Senior Petra Klosova received her 6th career Conference USA Swimmer of the Week honor Nov. 11. The SMU Olympian was recognized for her performance at the 2008 Mean Green Duals Nov. 8, in which the SMU women’s swimming and diving team beat Colorado State, New Mexico State and North Texas. Read more.

Hot Links: Cross country team takes C-USA title

SMU golfer James KwonThe cross country team won the 2008 Conference USA women’s championship Nov. 1 at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis. It is the first C-USA title for the Mustangs, who toppled the two-time reigning champion Rice Owls. In addition, SMU sophomore Silje Fjortoft won the individual title, defeating defending champion Alex Becker of Tulsa. Read more.

Senior punter Thomas Morstead and junior offensive lineman Mitch Enright have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Both were first-team selections on the 24-man squad. Read more.

First-year player James Kwon (left) was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week for the week of Oct. 29, 2008. Kwon won the individual title at the Baylor Intercollegiate after shooting a one-under-par 212 (74-69-69) in the two-day tournament. Read more.

Senior Candace Blackman was named Conference USA Swimmer of the Week Oct. 28, 2008. It is the second time Blackman has received the honor and her first of the 2008-09 season. Blackman took three first-place honors in a dual meet against Arizona State, helping the 400-free relay team win in 3:24.14 and capturing individual titles in the 100-free (50.65) and 200-free (1:48.78). Read more.

Hot Links: Don Meredith honored in halftime ceremony

Don Meredith in SMU's Heritage HallSMU honored Mustang football legend Don Meredith (right) during halftime of the SMU-Houston football game Oct. 18, 2008. Meredith, who rose to professional stardom during his 9 years with the Dallas Cowboys, was selected for the honor by the SMU Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised primarily of Lettermen’s Club members. Read more from SMU News.

Meanwhile, the 2008 football team has quietly risen to No. 11 in the nation in passing offense with 293.1 yards per game. Read more.

The cross country team combined for 3rd place at the 6K Chile Pepper Festival Oct. 18 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sophomore Silje Fjortoft earned her second consecutive Conference USA Athlete of the Week award for her individual 4th-place finish. Read more.

The women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have been ranked among the Top 25 in the United States by, at No. 12 and No. 19 respectively. The women’s team hosts Arizona State Oct. 23 in Perkins Natatorium. Read more.

Hot Links: SMU to honor Don Meredith

The women’s swimming and diving team dominated the 2008 North Texas Mean Green Relays in Keller Oct. 3, taking first place in 8 of 10 events. Read more.

In other news, men’s swimming and diving team member Colton Ingraham won his second title in the 2008 Alcatraz Invitational Swim, an annual 1.5-mile race from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. Read more.

SMU cross country beat six Top 25 teams for 6th place in the 2008 Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 3. Sophomore Silje Fjortoft was the fastest finisher among all underclassmen in the race. The team’s performance has boosted it to a No. 21 ranking in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association women’s Division I poll. Read more.

Don Meredith at SMUThe men’s basketball team will have four games nationally televised by CBS College Sports Network in 2008-09, as announced by the network Oct. 9. The games will include both matchups with 2008 NCAA finalist Memphis, at Rice Jan. 14, and against East Carolina Jan. 24. Former basketball coach and analyst Fran Fraschilla will be the keynote speaker at the team’s 2008 Basketball Tip-Off Dinner Oct. 14. Read more.

SMU will honor legendary former quarterback Don Meredith during the SMU-Houston game Oct. 18. “Dandy Don,” who played for SMU during the 1957-59 seasons, is the 6th Mustang football great to be honored by the SMU Hall of Fame Committee. Meredith played for nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and was inducted into the Cowboys’ “Ring of Honor” in 1976. Read more.

Hot Links: Lauren Meisner chosen to serve on ITA committee

Ilyssa PettigrewSenior Ilyssa Pettigrew (left) won the Ken Garland Invitational 5K at the University of North Texas Sept. 27, 2008. Her 18:18:5 finish was nearly 30 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Read more.

Sophomore midfielder Lauren Shepherd shared Conference USA Player of the Week honors with Rice’s Shelley Wong after she scored the tying and winning goals in the women’s soccer team’s games against Colorado College (1-2) and UTEP (1-0). Read more.

Senior Kate Ackerson has been named Conference USA Golfer of the Week after finishing tied for fifth at the Badger Invitational in Wisconsin. Read more.

Head Women’s Tennis Coach Lauren Meisner has selected to serve a three-year term on the Southwest Regional Committee of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Read more.

Head Football Coach June Jones and Assistant Coach Jeff Reinebold were featured in the segment “Heart of a Warrior” on the Sept. 30, 2008 edition of ESPN’s news magazine program, “E:60.” The piece focused on Brian Kajiyama, who was born with cerebral palsy that confined him to a wheelchair and left him unable to speak, and the extraordinary relationship he developed with Jones and Reinebold. Read more.