ISU athletes compete hard for spots on conference team.
CJ Hamilton captures a personal-best 800-meter time, while Shandel Ellis captured a Valley leading 400-meter time.
It was an up and down day for the Redbird squad, holding their own in Indiana.
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
Indoor: Grabbed a personal-best time of 22.72 in the 200-meter run to finish 21st in a field of 71 at the GVSU Big Meet...Ran a 50.22 in the 200-meter race at the Meyo Invitational...Finished 16th at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships with a personal-best time of 50.18 in the 200-meter run...Captured a time of 1:06.49 in the 500-meter run at the Meyo Invitational to finish 20th...Notched a first-place finish with a time of 3:23.27, as a part of the 4X400-meter relay...Finished second as a part of the 4X400-meter relay team with a time of 3:21.31...Concluded his season with a time of10:22.94 to finish fifth at the MVC Championships, as a part of the distance medley relay team.
Outdoor: Picked up six top-five finishes for the 2012-13 season, including a first place-finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Benedictine Twilight...Captured a career-best 53.44 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish fourth at the Wisconsin Open...Notched back-to-back second-place finishes as a part of the 4X100-meter relay team at the Benedictine Twilight and Wisconsin Open ...Finished the season with a sixth-place finish as a part of the 4X400-meter relay team at the Missouri Valley 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.