BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Florida Atlantic University track and field team had Mikaela Jonsson and Crystal McDougle qualify for Sunday final events, while senior pentathlete Frida Thorsås took silver at Saturday's first day of the Conference USA Indoor Championship.
- Thorsås posted 3,774 points to place as runner-up among 18 athletes competing in the pentathlon. She was by far the fastest runner in the final event, the 800 meter run, winning by over two seconds at 2:17.64.
- The Norway native also placed second overall in the shot put (11.66 meters) and tied for third in the high jump (1.65 meters). Her other finishes were 10th in the long jump (5.27 meters) and 12th in the 60 meter hurdles (9.29)
- Jonsson was the first Owl qualifier for Sunday, in the first running event, by placing eighth in the mile run (finishing in 4:59.96). That's a new PR and sixth-fastest for FAU all-time
- In the very next race, McDougle moved on with a seventh-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles (running an 8.91)
- In a Saturday final, the Distance Medley Relay squad posted the third-fastest time in school history at 12:11.03. The combination was Jonsson, Anne-Catherine Wasser, Megan Giovanniello and Erica Lersch
- Earlier, in the 800 meters, Lersch was just outside the top eight, in 10th, but posted a new personal best of 2:15.35. She moved up a slot in the all-time FAU top 10 to No. 8
- Ana Holland also shaved a tick off her season best in the 60 meters, to 7.73, putting her in eighth by herself on the FAU ledger
Sunday will see Jonsson run the mile final at 2 p.m., and McDougle in the 60m hurdles, at 2:35. A handful of jumpers and runners will compete in second day-only events, also in the afternoon. Stay tuned for final results on Sunday evening.