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Ali Smith

Player Profile
Hometown:
Columbia, Md.

High School:
Atholton

Birthdate:
09/18/1989

Cl./Elig.:
Sr./Sr.

11/22/2010

Villanova Repeats As NCAA Women's Cross Country Champions! (AP)

Wildcats earn ninth NCAA crown, while Sheila Reed brings home the individual title.

All-America (1) -- Cross Country (2009)
BIG EAST Champion (1) -- Indoor (2010 - 3000 Meters)

On Smith: Enters her senior year on a mission to improve her All-America and BIG EAST honors ... Had her strongest year as a Villanova runner last season.

2010 Outdoor: Posted a personal best time of 10:26.29 in the steeplechase at the BIG EAST Championships and placed third overall ... Qualified to run in the NCAA East Regional and finished sixth in her heat ... Earlier in the year, ran the steeplechase for the first time and picked up a victory at the Colonial Relays ... Took fourth place in the 1500 meters in a personal best time of 4:24.33 at the ECAC Championship ... Finished seventh in the event at both the Miami Invitational and the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Came in 14th in the 800 meters at Miami.

2010 Indoor: BIG EAST Champion in the 3000 meters with a personal best time of 9:16.62 ... Came in 16th at the NCAA Championships in her first appearance at the national meet ... Won the mile at the NYRR Armory II after finishing second at the NYRR Armory I ... Made a comeback in her race at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational to finish in fifth place ... Finished third in the 1000 meters at the New Balance meet.

2009 Cross Country: Finished in 24th place at the NCAA Championships, where she garnered All-America honors and helped Villanova win its eighth national championship ... Took sixth place at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and was 12th overall at the BIG EAST Championships ... Opened the season with a 10th place showing at the Panorama Farms Invitational.

2009 Outdoor: Redshirted.

2009 Indoor: Finished second in the 1000 meters at the NYC Gotham Cup and sixth in her heat at the BIG EAST Championships ... Came in second in her heat of the 800 meters at the Penn State National.

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: Finished 10th in the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and 11th in her heat at the NCAA East Regional ... Opened the season at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where she posted a personal best and NCAA regional qualifying time of 4:27.66 to finish in seventh place ... Improved that mark to 4:26.71 in qualifying heats at the BIG EAST meet ... Also ran a leg on the 4x800 meter relay squad that finished second 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 more than five seconds lower than the time she posted to finish in fifth place at the Gotham Cup (2:55.44) ... Third in her heat of the mile in 4:56.23 at the Penn State National.

2007 Cross Country: Garnered All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades with a 20th place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Finished in fifth place at the ECAC Championship to help Villanova capture the team title ... Posted a 40th-place finish overall at the BIG EAST Championships ... Individual winner at the Delaware Invite.

Atholton High School: Won multiple state titles in the 800 meters and the mile ... Also a two-time Maryland 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 (Nike High School Nationals, 2006)
1000 Meters - 2:50.06 (New Balance Collegiate Invitational, 2010)
1500 Meters - 4:24.33 (ECAC Championship, 2010)
3000 Meters - 9:16.62 (BIG EAST Championships, 2010)
Steeplechase - 10:26.29 (BIG EAST Championships, 2010)

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