Shauna Smith Named Most Outstanding Women's Performer at Drake Relays

May 4, 2005


University of Wyoming's senior track athlete Shauna Smith has been named as the most outstanding women's performer by the Drake Relays for her achievements last weekend at the annual event.

Smith, a Sheridan, Wyo. native, ran the fastest collegiate time in the U.S. this spring en route to wining the Drake Relays women's invitational 400-meter hurdles in 55.45. It also was the fourth fastest clocking in the world this spring. The Special Invite Division events only feature the top athletes at both the collegiate and Olympic levels.

"To be recognized with this award is a great honor, especially with the type of athletes at this meet," said Smith. "Ever since I got here we have started to be more and more recognized and this is a prime example of that."

Smith's time also was the second fastest overall in the U.S.trailing only the time of 55.29 set by Sandra Glover in altitude at El Paso, Texas, April 16.

Smith also keyed Wyoming to victory in the women's university division 4x400 relay by running a strong opening leg. She also ran the third leg on Wyoming's 4x200 relay which finished third in the women's university division.

"This is truly a prestigious award at one of the top events of the year," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "It is truly an honor for her, which she definitely deserved."

Smith is the first UW athlete to be recognized with this award since its inception in 1979.

Smith and her teammates will be back in competition next weekend at the Mountain West Conference Championships in Fort Collins, Colo., on May 11-14.