The Redbirds look to compete against top competitors this weekend.
Smith now ranks No. 8 in the NCAA in the hammer throw
This is the only home meet for the Redbirds this outdoor season
The team won 12 event titles at the meet
Redbird women steeplers now rank one, two, three in the Valley
ISU Track & Field - MVC Indoor Championships
2012 State Farm MVC Indoor Track & Field Championships Day One
Illinois State vs. Indiana State Dual Meet
Indoor: Finished in the top-three in five consecutive meets...Vaulted to a first-place finish at the Redbird Open with a mark of 14-11.50 (4.56m) to open up the season...Notched a third-place finish at the Wisconsin Elite meet with a vault of 15-09.00 (4.80m)...Finished second at the IWU Invite with a mark of 15-05.75 (4.72m)...Concluded the season with a personal-best vault of 16-01.25 (4.91m) at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships.
Outdoor: Finished in the top-three for five consecutive meets, including two first-place finishes...Notched a first-place finish with a vault of 15-07.00 at the Jim Duncan Invitational...Captured a second first-place finish at the Wisconsin Open with a vault of 15-03.00...Concluded his season with a personal-best vault of 15-11.25 to place third at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships.
Indoor: Vaulted to three top-five finishes in the pole vault ... took fifth at the Early Bird Invitational (Dec. 3) with a height of 13-00.00 ... followed with a fourth-place performance at the Indiana State Dual (Jan. 14) with a mark of 14-05.50 ... set a career-mark at the Big Meet (Feb. 10), reaching a height of 14-11.00 ... finished 18th at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 25) with a height of 14-05.25.
Outdoor: Finished fifth at the ISU vs. SIU Dual (April 7) in the pole vault with a height of 14-11.00 ... vaulted to a fifth-place finish at the Lenny Lyles Invitational (April 20) with a height of 14-05.25 ... broke the 15-00.00 barrier for the first time at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 11), finishing 12th with a height of 15-03.00.
PRIOR TO ISU
St. Joseph-Ogden High School: Placed sixth at the IHSA Track & Field Championships in the pole vault his senior year with a height of 14-6 ... took first place at the Spartan Classic in the pole vault, hitting a mark of 14-0 ... took fourth at the IHSA Track & Field Championships junior year in the pole vault with a height of 13-9.
Personal: Born 9/6/1992 ... son of Bill and Suzanne Jean ... has one sibling, Kathryn ... plans to major in industrial computer systems.