Photos from the EIU Early Bird on January 5, 2014.
2014 Track and Field Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the discus ... Placed ninth in the discus at the Big Ten Championships ... Threw the fourth-best mark in school history (50.61m) to place third at the Illinois Twilight ... Set a personal-best mark of 42.18m to place ninth in the hammer throw at the Illinois Twilight.
Indoor: Competed in the weight throw at the Big Ten Championships ... Threw the sixth-best mark in school history (16.40m) to place second at the Orange & Blue Open.
2013 Track and Field Outdoor: Set lifetime bests in both the hammer throw and the javelin ... At the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, she threw a career best hammer throw of 126-8 (38.62m) and a javelin mark of 97-2 (29.62m) ... Threw a season best discus mark of 143-4 (43.69m) at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic.
Indoor: Threw the sixth best weight throw mark in Illinois history at the Illini Classic, finishing with a mark of 53-3 (16.34m) ... Part of the Big Ten Championship squad, participating in the weight throw ... Won the weight throw title at the Illini Open.
2012 Track and Field Outdoor: Set a personal-best discus throw of 46.91m at the Tom Botts Invitational, finishing sixth and setting the seventh best mark in school history ... Finished runner-up in the discus at the John McDonnell Invitational.
Indoor: Competed in the shot put and the weight throw, setting career-bests in both ... Placed fourth in the shot put at the Illini Open with a personal-best throw of 11.64m ... Posted a career-best weight throw at the Orange and Blue Open (14.11m).
Earned all-state honors in the discus in 2010 ... Was also an Illinois state finalist in the shot put in 2010 ... Earned four varsity letters in track, one in tennis and two in basketball ... Posted personal-best marks of 40-0 in the shot put and 129-0 in the discus ... Was an all-conference selection in track from 2007-10.
Full name is Mariah Monet Smith ... Born Jan. 23, 1992 ... Parents are Andrew and Ramona Smith ... She has two brothers, Justin and Darcel and three sisters, Nicole, Kellie, and Cherryse ... Hobbies include reading, singing and dancing ... Biggest thrill in sports is getting to the last throw and knowing that someone could beat you so that last throw you give it your all ... Plans to major in kinesiology.
Smith's Personal Bests Track and Field Outdoor
Discus: 166-0 (50.61m) - Illinois Twilight (4/12/14)
Hammer Throw: 138-5 (42.18m) - Arizona State Invitational (3/29/14)
Javelin: 97-2 (29.62m) - Lee Calhoun Memorial Invite (4/13/13)
Shot put: 38-2 ¼ (11.64m) - Illini Open (1/14/12)
Weight throw: 53-9 (16.40m) - Orange & Blue Open (2/22/14)