Jordyn Smith Named West Region Track Athlete of the Year

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University runner Jordyn Smith (Sr., Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS) has been chosen as the NCAA Division III West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA). The USTFCCCA honored one track athlete and one field athlete from each of the eight NCAA regions.

Smith is one of nine Willamette track and field athletes who are in Oshkosh, Wisc., this week for the NCAA Division III National Championships (May 22-24). She will compete in the 800-meter run and in the 4 x 400-meter relay. Smith reached the National Championships with a qualifying time of 2:11.38 in the 800 and the Bearcat relay team qualified with a time of 3:53.39.

Earlier this season, Smith took first place at the Northwest Conference Championships in the 800. She also helped WU claim the NWC title in the 4 x 400-meter relay. She ranks second on Willamette's all-time list in the 400-meter hurdles, is third in the 800 and holds sixth place in the heptathlon.

Smith has earned All-America honors each the past three seasons by placing in the top eight at NCAA Nationals. In 2005, she finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. She contributed to WU's second place run in the finals of the 4 x 400-meter relay in 2006, then placed seventh in the 800-meter run in 2007.

She also has competed in volleyball all four years at Willamette. She recently graduated with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology.

Jordyn Smith will compete at the NCAA Championships in the 800 and the 4 x 400 relay.

Jordyn Smith will compete at the NCAA Championships in the 800 and the 4 x 400 relay.