Mat Smoody
Mat Smoody

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Palatine, Ill.

High School:
Palatine

Event:
Middle Distance

Birthdate:
11/28/1989

05/24/2012

Smith, Glover Advance to NCAA Championships on Day One of Prelims

They both have now qualified for back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Championshps

05/23/2012

16 Redbirds Ready for NCAA Track & Field Preliminary Rounds

Six will compete for the first time at the national level.

05/13/2012

Jensen, Zillmer Crowned MVC Champs; Five Earn Valley Honors

Women sit in third place, men sit fifth

05/13/2012

Women's Team Takes Second at Valley Championships

Sealy and Smoody each run to conference crowns

05/10/2012

Redbirds Are Wichita Bound for 2012 Valley Championships

Women picked to finish second, men to finish fifth

02/27/2012

MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships

MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships

05/25/2012

Track & Field at NCAA West Regional (Day 1)

NCAA West Regionals in Austin, Texas

05/14/2012

2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships | Day3

2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships | Day3

02/26/2012

2012 State Farm MVC Indoor Track & Field Championships

Day two of the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships

02/25/2012

2012 State Farm MVC Indoor Track & Field Championships

2012 State Farm MVC Indoor Track & Field Championships Day One

2011-12

Indoor: Finished first at the Indiana State Dual (Jan. 14) in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.57 ... bettered that time at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 3) with a 1:51.09 performance for 13th place ... won his second-straight conference title in the 800-meter run at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 25), recording a time of 1:52.52 and earning All-Valley Honors ... earned another All-Valley performance, running the anchor leg of the 4X400-meter relay that took second to a photo finish with a time of 3:16.329 ... ran a personal-best 1:50.46 in the 800-meter run at the Alex Wilson Invitational (March 2), as a last chance meet to qualify for the NCAAs.

Outdoor: Finished second at the Lenny Lyles Invitational (April 20) in the 400-meter dash, running a 49.04 ... ran to a first-place finish in the 800-meter run at the Vanderbilt Invitational (April 21) with a time of 1:49.92 ... ran a personal-best 1:49.78 in the 800-meter run at the Billy Hayes Invitational (May 4), claiming first ... swept the 800-meter conference title at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, running a 1:51.63 ... qualified for the NCAA Division I West Region Preliminary Round (May 24) in the 800-meter run, where he finished 46th with a time of 1:56.55.

2010-11

Indoor: Finished second at the Redbird Invite in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:20.90 ... took second at the Indiana State Dual with a time of 1:57.16 in the 800-meter run ... won the MVC Indoor Championships in the 800-meter run with a career-best 1:52.11 ... earned All-Valley honors ... finished second as part of the 4X400 relay team at the MVC Indoor Championships to earn All-Valley honors.

Outdoor: Ran the second-fastest time of career to finish second at the Lee Calhoun Invite in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.29 ... ran a personal-best 800-meter time of 1:50.73 at the Mt. SAC Relays ... posted a time of 1:52.42 in the 800-meter for first at the EIU Big Blue Classic ... ran to a time of 1:53.65 and first place at the Lenny Lyles Invitational ... took first at the Lee Calhoun Invite as part of the 4X400 relay team ... took second at the MVC Outdoor Championships running as part of the 4X400 relay team to earn All-Valley honors ... member of the 4X800 relay and distance medley relay teams.

2009-10

Indoor: Finished the 600-meter run in 1:21.27 at the Indiana Relays ... ran the 800-meter run at the Meyo Invitational in a indoor-best time of 1:53.08 ... finished third in the 800-meter run at the Indiana State Dual ... a member of the 400-meter relay team that finished sixth at the MVC Indoor Championships in a time of 3:23.41 ... a member of the distance medley relay team that finished in third place at the Iowa State Classic and the MVC Indoor Championships.

Outdoor: Won the 800-meter dash in a time of 1:55.21 at the SIU Spring Classic ... a member of the 400-meter relay team that finished in fourth place at the SIU Spring Classic ... won his 800-meter heat in 1:51.36 at the Jesse Owens Track Classic ... won the 400-meter dash at the Redbird Spring Invite with a 48.37 mark ... won the 400-meter run at the Billy Hayes Invitational with a season-best mark of 48.22 ... placed eighth at the MVC Championships in the 400-meter dash ... part of the fifth place 4X400-meter relay team at the MVC Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:19.45.

2008-09

Indoor: Transferred to Illinois State in the spring semester ... won the mile at the EIU Friday Night Special with a time of 4:44.27 ... finished in seventh in the 800-meter run at the State Farm MVC Championships with a season-best time of 1:55.22.

Outdoor: Won the 800 at the SIU Spring Classic with a season-best time of 1:52.18 ... finished 13th in the 800 at the MVC Championships ... posted a ninth -place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the EIU Big Blue Classic with a time of 3:59.29.

At Palatine High School: Named the 2007-08 Gatorade Illinois Boys Track Athlete of the Year ... ran to All-American status in the 800-meter run at the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals, finishing sixth with a time of 1:52.03 ... 2007 and 2008 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class AA track and field state champion in the 800-meter run ... won the IHSA 800 title in a time of 1:50.71, which ranked as the nation's eighth-best high school mark in 2008 ... won the 800 at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic in 2008 ... was undefeated in the 800 for two-straight years ... holds personal-best times of 49.00 in the 400-meter dash and 4:11 in the 1600-meter run ... was a four-year member of the track and field and cross country teams ... owns 12 Palatine High School track and field records ... led the 2008 cross country team to a third-place finish at the IHSA Class AAA state cross country championships, placing fourth individually with a time of 14:25 in the three-mile race ...was an all-state cross country runner for three straight years ... two-time most valuable athlete in track and cross country his junior and senior year.

Personal: Born 11/28/1989 ... took classes at Harper Community College in fall 2008 ... son of William and Ruth Smoody ... has an older sister, Theresa ... majoring in business.