Clarksville, Ark.-Junior track standout Hannah Smith was named the American Southwest Conference Women's Track & Field Distinguished Scholar-Athlete for the 2017-2018 academic year, the league office announced Friday (June 8).
Smith, an accounting major from Blue Eye, Mo., posted a dominating performance at the 2018 ASC Championships by winning three individual titles, including the 3,000 meter steeplechase (12:18.58), 5,000 meters (18:47.55) and 1,500 meters (5:06.76). Her time in the 5,000 set a new conference championship record. For her performance, she was named the 2018 ASC Female Track Athlete of the Year. Additionally, Smith was named All-Conference and ASC Female Track Athlete of the Week during the 2018 spring season. A two-time member of the Academic All-Conference team, she has been a member of the President's List or Dean's List every semester. She also helped the team to a Team USTFCCCA Academic Award in 2016 and 2017. She owns a combined eight indoor and outdoor track records at Ozarks. Also a standout cross country runner, Smith earned All-Conference Second Team in that sport.
The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams recognizes student-athletes who achieve a high level of academic achievement (a 3.20 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team. From that list – limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport – the sports information directors from the 13 ASC member institutions and one affiliate member select a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in each sport.
Overall, 103 student-athletes were named to the American Southwest Conference 2018 Winter-Spring Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams.