Smith now ranks No. 8 in the NCAA in the hammer throw
Redbird women steeplers now rank one, two, three in the Valley
Redbirds head to Northern Iowa for MVC Championships next weekend.
She holds second furthest throw in the NCAA this season
The women's team heads into day two in first place with 42 points.
Indoor: Tossed a career-best 43-05.00 in the shot put at the Early Bird Invitational (Dec. 3) to kick off the season ... finished third in the weight throw at the Wisconsin Invitational (Jan. 20) with a mark of 57-00.25 ... threw a personal-best 59-05.00 in the weight throw at the Keck Invitational (Feb. 3), finishing second ... took eighth at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 25) with a mark of 58-06.75.
Outdoor: Finished fourth in the discus at the ISU vs. SIU Dual (April 7) with a toss of 147-09 ... launched a personal-best toss of 178-06 in the hammer throw at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 11), claiming 13th place.
PRIOR TO ISU
At St. Ambrose University: Two-time conference champion ... two-time NAIA Indoor Qualifier and one-time outdoor qualifier ... conference champion in both indoor and outdoor meets in 2009-10 ... holds personal-bests in the shot put (14.27m), discus (46.86m), hammer (49.83m) and weight toss (18.07m).
Personal: Born 10/10/1990 ... son of Steve and Vicki Wielgopolan ... sister is Nina ... plans to major in business administration.