BALTIMORE – UMBC senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) heads west to New Mexico to compete at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, beginning on Friday in Albuquerque. Smith is the sixth UMBC athlete to ever advance to the national meet and will race in the 800m, run to be held on Friday evening at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The meet is scheduled to stream live online courtesy of ESPN3.
Smith has led the UMBC distance team in rewriting the school record book this season, breaking the program mark in the 800m run three times in 2014. He first slipped by the previous mark of 1:52.78 and qualified for the IC4A Championships while winning the event at the NYU Team Challenge at the New York Armory on Jan. 24 with a time of 1:51.30. He did even better the following week at the Penn State Nationals, finishing second, but lowering his time to 1:49.15. On the outside looking in at the national meet, Smith clipped his time down even further to 1:48.82 at the BU Last Chance Meet in Boston on March 3.
In the middle of all of his record-breaking, Smith successfully defended his title in the event at the 2014 America East Championships. The senior bested the field for a second consecutive season with a time of 1:51.17 at the Armory.
During the season, Smith also competed in the 1,000m run and one-mile run for UMBC, meeting the IC4A standard in the 1,000m (2:25.60).
Smith also had an outstanding fall cross country season, helping UMBC claim its first America East team championship since 2005. The senior placed tenth at the conference meet to claim an All-Conference Team spot. Two weeks later, he earned a top-50 finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals with a time 31:17, the second-fastest 10k time in school history behind his Retriever teammate Hassan Omar who placed 22nd overall (30:30). Smith and Omar helped the Retrievers earn the program's first-ever top-ten regional finish at the meet at Lehigh.
The 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. (MT) on Friday with the beginning of the heptathlon. The prelims of the men's 800m run are set for a 7:45 p.m. (MT) start in New Mexico. The finals of the event will be held on Saturday evening with a 7:20 p.m. (MT) start time in place.