Smith's award marks the 45th honoree in school history.
June 27, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. – Senior track and field standout Brittany Smith was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Cosida.) She was a third-team selection.
Smith is the 45th Capital One Academic All-American in Illinois State history and the first track and field honoree since Scott Krapf won the award in 2009 and 2011.
“Brittany, like I have said so many times on her behalf, has done it both ways academically and athletically,” head track and field coach Elvis Forde said. “She has excelled to the highest level. The thing about her academic performance is that she is in a difficult major, mathematics, and she has done fantastic there to go along with the success she has had over the years athletically.”
The 10-time All-American recently posted two runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships in both the hammer throw and shot put. In the 2012-13 season alone, Smith notched 35 top-five finishes, including 22 first-place finishes. She started her 2012-13 campaign, throwing a career-best 70-07.00 (21.51m) in the weight throw at the Redbird Open (Dec. 8) and finished the season with a second-place title at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships (Feb. 24), before winning her first Valley title in the shot put with a mark of 56-09.25 (17.30m).
On the outdoor circuit, Smith won her first outdoor MVC title in the hammer throw with a mark of 218-10 (66.71), before taking second in the shot put with a throw of 57-00.25 (17.38m).
“She is just committed to both the areas that she participates in here,” Forde said. “She is going to continue to have success in both areas for a number of years to come and even more so in the academic realm, when her athletic career is over, she will make a great teacher.”
The Oak Park, Ill., native holds a 3.68 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) and will receive her degree in mathematics in the spring of 2014.
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