| Mara Smith
Holds Western Carolina Cross Country Records in the 5k (17:35) and the 6k (21:33).
Junior: Indoor- Best year of competition to date, finishing outside of the top 10 just twice (12th and 20th), while tallying her first career victory and three runner-ups ... Smith won the 3000m run at the Mountaineer Split Indoor Open with her time of 10:35.65 ... She followed up her win with a second place finish as a member of the DMR and an eighth place finish in the 5000m run (18:07.46) at the Niswonger Invitational ... Ran a personal best 10:12.63 at the JDL Fast Track Collegiate Invitational, earning second place ... At the SoCon Championships, Smith placed seventh in the mile run (5:04.18), 12th in the 5000m (17:54.81) and second in the DMR (12:02.71).
Outdoor- Notched her first win of the outdoor season at the Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic in the 1500m run (4:41.53) ... At Beaches vs. Mountains, Smith ran a 10:16.17 in the 3000m for a third place finish ... At the same meet, earned another top 10 finish (seventh) in the 1500m, running a 4:47.08 ... At the first outdoor meet of the season, placed fourth in the 5000m run (17:44.01) ... Earned a third place finish at the SoCon Championships in the 5000m run (17:34.48) and a 10th place finish in the 1500m (4:50.29).
Sophomore: Indoor- Participated in six meets, running the 1500m, 3000m and the mile runs ... Picked up her best finish at the Clemson Invitational in the 3000m event, placing second with a time of 10:42.99 ... Ran a 10:47.13 at the Niswonger Invitational in the 3000m to place ninth.
Outdoor- Picked up three top 10 finishes, topping out at third place in the 1500m run at home at the WCU Invitational (4:53.66) ... In the Mountains vs. Beaches Invitational, placed seventh (4:48.71) in the 1500m run and tenth in the 3000m (10:49.72) ... In the SoCon Championships, ran a 19:53.01 (28th) in the 5000m run and a 38:59.76 (13th) in the 10,000m run.
Freshman: Indoor- Competed in the 3000m, finishing sixth at the Tar Heel Invitational (11:07.85)
High School: Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track at Warren County High School in Front Royal, Va... Recipient of her team's MVP honors from 2005-08... Was named Female Athlete of the Year during her junior season and was named her school's Most Outstanding Female Performer during her senior campaign... Qualified for the Virginia State Cross Contry meet from 2005-08... Recorded a personal best of 19:12 in the 5K during her senior season... Ran a 5:15 in the 1600-meter run and 11:41 in the 3200-meter run.
Personal: Full name is Mara Linsday Smith... Daughter of Thomas and Michele Smith... Has one sister, Megan