Athlete of the Week Archive

April 7, 2006


Lauri Smith

How old were you when you started pole vaulting?
"It was the end of my junior year in high school so probably around 17."

How did you get involved in the sport?
"I really just wanted to try something new. I didn't like the 300 meter hurdles too much and wanted to try something different."

Was there any initial fear that you had to get over at first?
"No. Not really."

Have you ever had any bad accidents?
"I've had a few scares and close calls, but fortunately I've never been injured."

What does a typical day look like for you as a UW pole vaulter?
"I wake up and teach a yoga class in the morning. Then I usually go lift for practice and after lifting I go to class. After that I normally go do a workout with my coach. We usually pole vault or run. Then I go do some homework and teach another yoga class."

Did you always want to continue your track and field career after high school?
"No. I always thought that I would end up playing soccer. I played soccer for 12 years up to my senior year and that was always my sport."

How did you end up coming to Wyoming?
"I went to Utah State for a year and I did engineering and I didn't really like it very much. I ended up deciding to transfer schools. I wanted to try something completely new, so I walked on to the track team here."

What's your major?
"My major is dietetics."

What are your plans after college?
"I might go to grad school for sports nutrition and then either go into coaching or nutrition counseling through dietetics."