Monique Lisek (right) and the SFU women’s relay team placed 11th in the 4x400m relay at the nationals.

Monique Lisek (right) and the SFU women’s relay team placed 11th in the 4x400m relay at the nationals.

Lisek 2nd-team All-American

SFU women's relay team places 11th at national track championships.

Maple Ridge secondary grad Monique Lisek earned second-team All-American honors as part of the SFU women’s  4×400 metres women’s relay team at the NCAA Division 2 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Kansas on Saturday.

The SFU women’s 4×400 relay is the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record holder and came into the national meet as the No. 9 seed off the 3:46.31 the foursome of Alana Mussatto, Chantel Desch, Valda Kabia, and Monique Lisek turned in at the GNAC Championships on Feb. 20 in Nampa, Idaho.

Saturday, the Clan was clocked in 3:47.13 for 11th place, picking up All-American second-team honours.

The team was third in the second heat during the race.

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association awards All-American second-team honours to student-athletes who finish ninth to 16th in an event.

Lisek is a sophomore who graduated from Maple Ridge secondary in 2014, when at the provincial high school track and field championships she broke the provincial record in the 400m hurdles, but still had to settle for second place, as the record was broken by two competitors. She also won the long jump, and finished second in the 400m at the provincials.

As a member of the relay, she was one of 13 SFU athletes named to the All-Region West Team for the 2015-16 NCAA Division 2 indoor season.

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned the All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top three relay teams.

 

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