Reece Smith has been named the MIAA’s men’s track athlete of the week. This is the first time in his career that he has earned MIAA athlete of the week honors.
Smith (Garner, Iowa) won the Drake Relays steeplechase over the weekend in a new personal best time of 8:51.83 which now sits as the second best time in Northwest records. Smith also shaved off almost 20 seconds from his previous best in the event.
“It was kind of windy and kind of cold, it wasn’t ideal,” said Smith on his race, “but I just wanted a great opportunity to compete. I haven’t been back here since high school.”
The Iowa native won two state titles and set a new state record when he last ran on the Blue Oval.
Smith’s time is currently tied for fifth in NCAA Division II heading into another busy weekend of competition.