The honor is the first weekly award of Smith's career (Athletic Communications).
NEW ORLEANS – Sophomore Courtney Smith, of the Harvard women's track team, has been named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
Smith posted the eighth-fastest time in NCAA history in the 10,000 meters (32:08.32) en route to beating the Olympic standard at the Stanford Invitational. The best mark in the NCAA this season, Smith's time shattered the Ivy League and Harvard records by 35.8 and 42.9 seconds, respectively, and was 2:45 better than her previous career-best. Smith took sixth place in the event, and was the top collegiate finisher.
Harvard women's track and field entered the national rankings at No. 12, its highest in program history, and continues its outdoor campaign with meets at Miami and Princeton over the weekend, April 8-9.