The Redbirds had four All-Valley performers and a conference champion on the day
Smith now ranks No. 8 in the NCAA in the hammer throw
Women's DMR attempts to defend Drake Relays title from a year ago tomorrow
Eight earn All-Valley honors
This meets serves as one final tune-up before the conference championships
Indoor: Posted six top-five finishes, including two seconds in the 400-meter dash ... ran a season-best 400-meter dash at Grand Valley State's Big Meet (Feb. 10), posting a time of 50.27 ... ran the second-fastest time of his career (50.69) in the 400-meter dash at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 3) ... took second at the Boilermaker Invite in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.92.
Outdoor: Ran to a second-place finish at the ISU vs. SIU Dual Meet (April 7) in the 400-meter hurdles, posting a time of 55.09 ... ran a leg on the 4X400-meter relay at the same meet which finished second with a time of 3:21.03 ... season cut short due to injury.
PRIOR TO ISU
Frederick High School: Four-year letterwinner ... state qualifier all four years ... state champion in the 300-meter hurdles and 55-meter hurdles junior year with times of 38.12 and 7.63, respectively ... finished 25th at the New Balance National meet his junior year ... voted team's Most Valuable Player all four years ... team captain senior year.
Personal: Born 5/28/1993 ... son of Gordon and Elena Nero ... siblings are Jada and Ashley ... plans to major in exercise science.