Director of Track & Field Ron Boyce Previews 2013-14 Indoor Season
2013 Track & Field Indoor:Competed in seven meets ... Opened season with third place in long jump at ASU Kickoff Klassic on Dec. 2 with mark of 5.46 meters ... Also high jumped 1.62 meters at Arkansas State to finish fourth ... Leaped 1.58 meters at Saluki Open (Jan. 11) in high jump to place seventh ... Also sixth in long jump in 5.23 meters at SIU ... Was 10th in 200 meters at Missouri Invitational (Jan. 18) in 27.09 ... Was fifth in high jump at Mizzou in 1.61 meters ... Was 14th in triple jump invitational at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet on Jan. 25 ... High jumped 1.63 meters to place 10th at Varsity Apartments Invitational on Feb. 1 ... Finished 11th in long jumpand triple jump at MVC championships on Feb. 23 with marks of 5.50 and 11.79 meters, respectively ... Was also 17th in high jump at 1.60 meters.
Outdoor: Appeared in six meets ... Began season with high jump of 1.60 meters at Tulsa Duals on March 15 to finish second ... Long jumped 5.82 meters at Mississippi State Conference Challenge on March 23 to ninth place ... Fifth in triple jump at Ole Miss Open on April 20 with mark of 11.45 meters ... Triple jumped 12.06 meters at Drake Relays to place 15th on April 25 ... Finished fifth in long jump (5.83 meters) and eighth in triple jump (12.13 meters) at MVC Championships on May 10.
2012 Track & Field Indoor:Posted a pair of top-five finishes at the Arkansas Invitational, placing third in the high jump (5-05.00) and fourth in the long jump (18-00.50)... Took fourth place in the Indiana Relays long jump with a distance of 18-05.25 ... Finished first in the long jump (18-05.25) and seventh in the high jump (5-02.50) at the Iowa State Classic ... Claimed third in the high jump (5-06.00), sixth in the long jump (18-10.00) and fourth in the triple jump (40-04.75) at the MVC Indoor Championships (5-06.00). Outdoor:Tied for second place with teammate Jordan Bond in the Arkansas Twilight Meet high jump with a distance of 5-05.00 ... At the same meet, took sixth in the long jump (18-03.25) ... Placed ninth in the long jump (18-06.50), seventh in the triple jump (39-01.75) and eighth in the high jump (5-05.00) at the MVC Outdoor Championships.
2011 Track & Field Indoor: Did not compete during the Bears' indoor season.
Outdoor: Had three personal-best performances at the Bob Timmons Challenge in the high jump (5-04.96), triple jump (37-07.18) and 200m dash (26.96), with her performances in the triple jump and high jump both earning third place finishes ... Had a personal best in the long jump at the Tyson Invitational with a leap of 18-05.25 feet.
Background Smith was the 2009 UK (U-20) Indoor Triple Jump Champion ... A multiple time, multi-event state champion, winning in the long jump (2007, 2008) high jump (2008, 2009) and triple jump (2007) ... Interstate champion in the long jump (2007, 2008) and triple jump (2007, 2008) ... Earned three top-four finishes in the triple jump at the English Schools Championship, coming in second in 2007 and 2008 and placing fourth in 2009 ... Earned the United Kingdom Schools' indoor and outdoor runner-up honors in 2008 in the triple jump ... Nominated as the interstate team captain that same year.
Personal Gemma Smith was born Oct. 12, 1991 in Stafford, Staffordshire, England ... Daughter of Trevor and Mandy Smith ... Has one sister, Joanne ... Majoring in psychology.