SDSU women’s track and field team headed to Mountain West Regionals
Coming off their second straight Mountain West Outdoor Championship, the SDSU Aztecs are heading to the West Regionals with 10 sets of eyes eyeing the Nationals.
“We had 10 girls go to Regionals last year, and 4 went to Nationals,” recalled SDSU track runner Nicole Oudenaarden. “This year, we have 10 again, and we would love to have all 10 go to Nationals.”
The Aztecs women’s track and field team is the only team in the top 20 from a non-BCS school. What they don’t have in numbers, they make up for with athletes.”It doesn’t matter what the name is on your uniform,” declared team member Alison Reaser.
Coach Shelia Burrell said “it’s all the same, some of our freshman may be intimidated, but Shanieka Thomas is the person that people are awestruck by.”
Thomas is the reigning NCAA triple jump champion.
“My personal goals for Regionals is to advance to Nationals,” said Thomas. “After that, it’s to break the NCAA triple jump record. That would be icing on the cake.”
“It doesn’t take 20 people to be in the top 10, or top 5. It takes 5 hitters, I just need 5 hitters and we will be in good shape this weekend,” stated Burrell.