NEW ORLEANS – UMBC senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) has been named a Second Team All-American by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced on Monday night.
Smith earns his honor after advancing to the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships held in New Mexico last Friday and Saturday. The senior competed in the 800m run, placing 16th, after breaking the school mark in the event three times during the 2013-14 season.
He is the sixth athlete in UMBC track and field program history to reach the national meet, following in the footsteps of head coach David Bobb who was the first back in 1996. In addition, he is the third Retriever to reach the national stage in the last two years after Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) competed at both meets last season and Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam) joined her at the outdoor championships at Oregon.
Smith led a Retriever distance squad which rewrote the record book this season. The senior broke the 800m record (1:52.78) for the first time this season while winning the event and meeting the IC4A standard with a time of 1:51.30 at the NYU Team Challenge on Jan. 24. Just a week later at the Penn State Nationals, he bettered his time to 1:49.15, while placing second. Then, in one last attempt to reach the NCAA Championships, Smith shaved his time down to 1:48.82 on March 3 at the BU Last Chance Meet in Boston.
In the middle of his record-breaking performances, Smith successfully defended his conference title in the event, claiming the gold medal at the 2014 America East Championships at the Armory in New York on Feb. 24 with a time of 1:51.17.