Susa Places Fifth at NCAA Indoors
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Oklahoma State junior Mihaela Susa notched her first-career All-American honor with a fifth-place finish in the mile at the Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Susa crossed the line in 4:38.97, the second-fastest time of her career and the third-fastest time in school history. The Cluj-Napoca, Romania, native has littered her name throughout the top of the Cowgirl all-time indoor mile list. She finishes the season in spots Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6.
“It was a fantastic race,” coach Dave Smith said. “That was very smart racing from Mihaela. She put herself in great position and did exactly what we talked about last night. When the race broke, when they went from the front, she was behind a girl that didn’t go. That probably cost her another place because she had to get around her. She was closing on that lead group the whole way, but she just couldn’t get there. It’s hard to pass people in indoor track.”
Susa’s All-America distinction completes an Indoor Championships that saw the Cowgirls claim All-America honors in both of the two events they entered. Felicity Milton claimed the honor in the 5,000 meters last night.
Prior to this season, the last time a Cowgirl was named an All-American was in 2002. This year’s indoors brought OSU’s total to 10 All-Americans all-time.
“The race was a little tough, but I still had fun,” Susa said. “Thanks to Dave I’m here. Two weeks ago, I didn’t even think I would be here and I couldn’t even have dreamed to be named All-American. I have to be happy with it.”
Indoor Championships – Day Two
5 Mihaela Susa 4:42.03 (4 team points) – All-American honors