GUILFORD STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Mar. 19-Mar. 26
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College's and Johnathan Smith collected the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week Award Monday. The awards are selected and presented by the ODAC office. Smith also received the Guilford Student-Athlete of the Week Award, presented by the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Smith, a sophomore sprinter, has won the ODAC's weekly prize four times in his career, twice this season. He recorded a record-setting victory in the 100-meter dash and placed second in the 200 at the VertKlasse Meeting Mar. 24 at High Point University. Smith set school and ODAC records in both events and his times are fastest in NCAA Division III this season. He defeated 15 sprinters, mostly from higher NCAA divisions, to win the 100 in 10.51, which broke his own ODAC standard (10.53) set March 16. Smith broke the school record in the 200 with a time of 21.10 seconds that placed second in the 19-man field, tops among Division III contestants. He also anchored the Quakers' 4x100 relay that set the school mark with a sixth-place time of 44.39 seconds.
The defending Division III national runner-up in the 200, Smith owns the top Division III outdoor times this season in the 100 and 200. He placed second in the 60-meter dash at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship Mar. 10. Interim coach Danny Cash's Quakers run this weekend at the Raleigh Relays.
The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford's SAAC, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school's 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among Guilford's student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include cancer awareness promotions, canned-food drives, volunteer assistance with the North Carolina Special Olympics and tutoring at the New Garden Friends School.