Courtney Smith, a 2014 graduate of Unionville High School, ran the second fastest time in Harvard University’s history for the 5K at a track meet at the University of Washington on Feb. 13. The time is the eighth fastest in the country for D1 athletes and the fourth fastest ever recorded in the Ivy League.
Spread across the country competing in Washington, New Mexico and Massachusetts, Harvard track and field tallied a number of top-10 results in three meets: the Husky Invite, Don Kirby Collegiate and Valentine Invitational.
Racing in Seattle at the Husky Classic, sophomore Courtney Smith finished third overall in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:46.44, according to Harvard’s web site. The time is the eighth-fastest run in the country, fourth-best in Ivy League history and it places her second in the Harvard record books. The run was also a significant personal best for Smith.
Following up on the success of her teammate, senior Paige Kouba raced to the fifth-best time in Harvard history in the mile run (4:43.77), placing 15th overall. The time represents a season-best for the co-captain, and is less than a second off her career-best.
At Unionville, Smith was selected to be part of the school’s peer tutoring program. She volunteered her time to tutor other students in Calculus and Chemistry. She also volunteered her time belonging to Los Ninos Bilingues, which involves tutoring English to Hispanic elementary students.
She also participated in the Chemistry Olympiad in the spring of 2013 and is a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies.
In 2012, Courtney received Gatorade’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year and is the Cross Country State Champion and course record holder.
Some other accolades for Smith in 2012 include: PA cross country runner of the year, Daily Local Cross Country Athlete of the year and Running Times National Runner of the Week. And she is a ranked top 20 Cross Country Runner in the United States. Courtney is very passionate and focused about running. It is fascinating how much she has accomplished since she started running for our high school in 10th grade. Courtney’s ability to balance running, school work and volunteering is remarkable.
Smith received the Kristen Dickmann Memorial Scholarship, being recognized as Unionville’s high school’s stellar, college-bound student-athlete.
Harvard’s squad takes a weekend off from competition before traveling to Cornell to compete in the 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.