On Smith: Gained a good amount of experience as a freshman last season ... Middle distance runner who should continue to make progress as she gets more races under her belt ... Capable of helping the team during meets in both cross country season and on the track, and has the potential to be a steady BIG EAST scorer.
2017 Outdoor: Advanced to the final of the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and also recorded personal best times in both the 1500 meters and the 3000 meters during the season ... Finished eighth in the 800 meters during both the preliminary heats (2:15.29) and the final (2:23.24) at the BIG EAST meet ... Her top time of the season in the 800 meters was 2:14.83, which came in a fourth place finish at the season-opening Penn Challenge ... Also recorded a personal best time of 4:33.10 in the 1500 meters at the Penn Challenge ... Finished first in the 800 meters at the Haverford Invitational with a time of 2:16.81 ... Recorded a personal best time of 10:14.39 in the 3000 meters at the Colonial Relays, where she also anchored the distance medley relay to a fourth place finish with a time of 11:46.25 ... Came in 10th in the 1500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational with a time of 4:37.31, and posted a time of 4:35.84 in the elite section at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
2017 Indoor: Advanced to the final of the Mile at the BIG EAST Championships ... Was ranked eighth overall after posting a time of 5:02.30 in the preliminary heats ... Placed 12th in the final with a time of 5:07.40 ... Her top time of the season in the Mile was 4:54.44 at the FastTrack National Invitational in her race immediately prior to the BIG EAST meet ... Made her season debut at the Gotham Cup in January, where she came in fifth in the 1000 meters and recorded a personal best time of 2:54.90 ... Notched an eighth place finish in the 800 meters and registered a time of 2:13.21 at the Villanova Invitational ... Also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Wildcats home meet and helped her relay team come in ninth in 3:59.29.
2016 Cross Country: Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached runner at the Haverford Invitational and recorded a time of 18:30.7 over three miles.
Palos Verdes High School: Earned four varsity letters each in cross country and track & field, and also played soccer as a midfielder … Finished fourth at the state meet in the Mile with a time of 4:48 … Came in first in the final of the 800 meters at the CIF meet with a time of 2:13 … As a senior came in third at the state cross country meet … Team won a state title in cross country her junior year … Three-time MVP of the cross country team, earning the honor three straight years from her sophomore through senior seasons … Also the MVP of the track & field team as a sophomore and a junior … Was her school’s Athlete of the Year as a senior … Achieved Honor Roll status academically and was named an AP Scholar.
Personal: Born 6/5/97 in Palos Verdes, Calif. … One of three children of Michael and Alexandra Smith … Has an older brother, Colby (22) and a younger brother, Landon (16) … Has a cousin, Jennifer Valente, who is a professional cyclist and competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics … Hobbies include spending time at the beach … Chose to attend Villanova for the combination of its strong academic and athletic reputations … Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
PERSONAL BESTS (Track)
800 Meters 2:13 High School
1000 Meters 2:54.90 2017 Gotham Cup
1500 Meters 4:33.10 2017 Penn Challenge Mile 4:48 High School
3000 Meters 10:14.39 2017 Colonial Relays
PERSONAL BESTS (Cross Country)
3 Miles 18:30.7 2016 Haverford Invitational
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2016-17
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
800 Meters 8th 2017 Outdoor