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Ali Smith

Player Profile
Hometown:
Columbia, Md.

High School:
Atholton, Md.

Position:
Cross Country/Middle Distance

Birthdate:
09/18/1989

Experience:
Gr./Sr.

On Smith: Two-time cross country All-American and a nine-time All-BIG EAST performer across all seasons (cross country, indoor, outdoor) ... Fierce competitor who came into her own as a contributor to the team at the national level.

2012 Outdoor: Placed third in the 1500 meters (4:36.74) at the Danny Curran Invitational and finished ninth in the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:01.09) at the Colonial Relays.

2011 Outdoor: Made a successful debut as a newcomer to the 5000 meters ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors with a third place finish at the BIG EAST Championships (16:20.10) and qualified for the NCAA East Regional, where she finished 11th in her heat ... Won her first-ever race in the 5000 meters with a time of 16:08.07 in the Open section of the event at the Mt. SAC Relays ... Ran two races in the 3000 meter steeplechase and finished in fifth place at the BIG EAST Championships ... Established a personal best time of 10:24.52 along the way to a first place finish at the 46th Colonial Relays ... Her time was also a meet and venue record ... Placed 10th in her section of the 1500 meters at the Mason Spring Invitational.

2011 Indoor: Competed at the BIG EAST Championships in the 3000 meters and earned All-BIG EAST honors with a third place finish (9:23.51) ... Placed fifth in the 3000 meters at the Columbia Last Chance Meet with a time of 9:20.10 ... Ran the Mile at both the NYRR I meet and the NYRR II meet ... Finished seventh in both races and the better of her two times was 4:54.92 in the latter race ... Led off the 4x800 meter relay at the NYRR II meet and Villanova finished first in a time of 9:04.81.

2010 Cross Country: Helped lead Villanova to its second consecutive team national championship with an All-American performance at the NCAA Championships ... Placed 24th individually at the national meet and was the Wildcats third runner ... Also garnered All-Mid Atlantic Region and All-BIG EAST recognition ... Finished sixth overall and fourth on the team at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, where her 6K time of 20:10 was a personal best ... Came in fifth at the BIG EAST Championships ... Prior to the three postseason meets came in third at the season-opening Main Line Invitational, placed 19th at the Notre Dame Invitational and was fifth at the Penn State National meet.

2010 Outdoor: Competed in the 3000 meter steeplechase for the first time and eventually received All-BIG EAST honors for a third place finish at the BIG EAST Championships, where she crossed the finish line in 10:26.29 ... Placed sixth in her heat at the NCAA East Regional ... Made her debut in the steeplechase with a first place finish at the Colonial Relays ... Finished in fourth place in the 1500 meters in a personal best time of 4:24.33 at the ECAC Championship ... Placed seventh in the 1500 meters at both the Miami Invitational and the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Came in 14th in the 800 meters at the Miami meet.

2010 Indoor: Captured a BIG EAST title in the 3000 meters and qualified for the NCAA Championships, where she placed 16th ... Ran a career-best time of 9:16.62 in the 3000 meters at the conference meet ... Also competed during the season in the 1000 meters and the Mile ... Finished third in the 1000 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and also made a comeback in the Mile to finish in fifth place ... Took first place in the Mile at the NYRR II meet after a runner-up finish in the NYRR I meet.

2009 Cross Country: Earned All-America, All-Mid Atlantic Region and All-BIG EAST accolades during the year ... Helped the Wildcats win their eighth national championship with a 24th place finish at the national meet ... Also came in sixth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and finished 12th at the BIG EAST Championships ... Opened the season at the Panorama Farms Invitational and came in 10th individually.

2009 Outdoor: Redshirted.

2009 Indoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 1000 meters and finished sixth in her preliminary heat ... Came in second in the 1000 meters at the NYC Gotham Cup and was second in her heat of the 800 meters at the Penn State National meet.

2008 Cross Country: Raced to a 24th place finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... Finished 35th overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Came in 220th at the NCAA Championships.

2008 Outdoor: Ran a leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova finish second in the relay with an All-BIG EAST performance ... Finished 10th individually at the BIG EAST meet in the 1500 meters and placed 11th in her heat at the NCAA East Regional ... Earned her qualifying time for the regional meet at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where her time of 4:27.66 was then a personal best ... Placed seventh overall in that race ... Lowered her top time to 4:26.71 in the preliminary heats at the BIG EAST Championships.

2008 Indoor: Earned a pair of second place finishes at the BIG EAST Championships in the 1000 meters and the 4x800 meter relay ... Her time of 2:50.09 in the 1000 meters was then a personal best and was more than five seconds faster than the time she posted to finish in fifth place at the NYC Gotham Cup (2:55.44) ... Third in her heat of the Mile in 4:56.23 at the Penn State National.

2007 Cross Country: Finished 20th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for that performance ... Came in 40th at the BIG EAST Championships ... Helped the Wildcats capture the team title at the ECAC Championship with a fifth place individual finish ... Individual winner at the Delaware Invite.

Atholton High School: Won multiple state titles in the 800 meters and the Mile ... Also a two-time state cross country champion ... Qualified for the prestigious Foot Locker National Championships, where she placed 18th.

Personal: Born 9/18/89 ... Oldest of three children of Tom and Pippa Smith ... Majoring in Communications.

PERSONAL BESTS

800 Meters                 2:12.12          High School
1000 Meters                2:50.06          2010 New Balance Collegiate Invitational
1500 Meters                4:24.33          2010 ECAC Championship
3000 Meters                9:16.62          2010 BIG EAST Championships
3000 Meter Steeplechase    10:24.52         2011 Colonial Relays

CAREER AWARDS (OUTDOOR TRACK)

All-BIG EAST                                 2011 (5000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST                                 2010 (3000 Meter Steeplechase)
All-BIG EAST                                 2008 (4x800 Meter Relay)

CAREER AWARDS (INDOOR TRACK)

BIG EAST Champion                            2010 (3000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST                                 2008 (1000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST                                 2008 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST                                 2010, 2011 (3000 Meters)

CAREER AWARDS (CROSS COUNTRY)

All-America                                  2009, 2010
All-Mid Atlantic Region                      2007, 2009, 2010
All-BIG EAST                                 2009, 2010

CAREER AWARDS (ACADEMICS)

USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete                     2009-10, 2010-11
Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team 2010 (Cross Country)
BIG EAST Academic All-Star                   2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11

BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES

3000 Meters               1st                2010 Indoor
1000 Meters               2nd                2008 Indoor
4x800 Meter Relay         2nd                2008 Indoor
4x800 Meter Relay         2nd                2008 Outdoor
3000 Meters               3rd                2011 Indoor
3000 Meter Steeplechase   3rd                2010 Outdoor
5000 Meters               3rd                2011 Outdoor
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