Island Athlete Watch-Taryn Smiley Missouri State Bears

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Taryn Smiley Missouri State Bears

Taryn Smiley paced the Bears at the John Gartland Invitational with two first place event finishes. In the 60-meter Smiley ran a 7.58 race, which was a season best and the top mark in the MVC this weekend, and second best on the season. In the 200-meter Smiley recorded a career best 24.96 time, which sits third in the conference this season and second best on the weekend. Both Smiley’s 60m and 200m times broke the ISU North Gym facility record.

Taryn Smiley
Taryn Smiley

Awards/Honors
2015-16 Track and Field:
Missouri State Athletics Director’s Honor Roll

2017-18 Track and Field
Indoor: Competed in seven meets… Marked a career best 60-meter dash time at the MVC Indoor Championship, earning sixth place of a 7.50 time… Also recorded a 200-meter dash career best time of 25.30 at the Pittsburg State Invitational.

Outdoor: Competed in six meets… Earned a career best at the John McDonnell Invitational in the 100-meter dash with an 11.78 time… At the Tom Botts Invitational a season best 2000-meter dash time of 24.68.

2016-17 Track and Field
Indoor: Competed in six meets … Opened the Bob Timmons Challenge (Dec. 2) with a ninth place time of 7.85 seconds in the 60-meter dash and competed in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.07 … Posted a time of 7.89 in the 60-meter dash prelims at the Missouri Invitational (Jan. 20) just missing the cut … Also competed in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.95, as well as helping a 4×400-meter relay team to a time of 4:11.05 at the meet in Columbia, Mo. … At the Arkansas State Invitational (Jan. 26-27), ran the 55-meter dash prelims in 7.35 seconds to advance to the finals, posting a time of 7.28 seconds … Also at the ASU meet, competed in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.07 … Posted a time of 7.76 seconds in the 60-meters dash prelims at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational (Feb. 3-4) as well as a time of 25.62 in the 200-meter run … At the Gorilla Classic (Feb. 10-11), posted a time of 7.67 in the 60-meter dash qualifying event to advance and turn in a time of 7.73 in the 60-meter dash prelims … Also at the Gorilla Classic, posted a time of 25.30 in the 200-meter dash … In the 60-meter dash prelims race at the MVC Championship (Feb. 25-26) turned in a time of 7.74 and finished the 200-meter dash prelims with a time of 25.43.

Outdoor: Competed in eight meets … At the Bulldog Relays (March 17-18) finished fifth in the 100-meter run with a time of 12:05, helped the 4×100 meter relay team to a first place finish in 46.04 seconds as well as helped the 4×200 relay team to a fifth place finish in 1:40.00 … Also at the Bulldog Relays, competed with a 4×400 meter relay team to a time of 4:07.23 … Posted a time of 12.30 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the Arkansas Spring Invitational (March 25), finished the 200-meter dash in 25.41 and helped the 4×100 meter relay team to a time of 46.58 … At the Bobcat Invitational (March 30-31) finished the 100-meter dash in 11.89 … Helped the 4×100-meter relay team to a time of 46.80 at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (March 30-April 1) … Finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.92 at the Tom Botts Invitational (April 14-15), fifth in the 200-meter dash in 24.52 and helped the 4×100-meter relay team to a second place finish in 45.85 … At the John Jacobs Invitational (April 21-22), posted a time of 12.03 in the 100-meter dash … Finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.90 at the Rock Chalk Classic (April 28), as well as 24.84 in the 200-meter dash … Also at the Rock Chalk Classic, helped the 4×100-meter relay to a second place finish in 45.89 … At the MVC Championship (May 12-14) finished the 100-meter dash prelims in 11.85 and helped the 4×100 meter relay team to a third place time of 45.09.

2015-16 Track & Field
Indoor: Competed in five meets… Opened the season and MSU career competing in the 60-meter dash (7.91) and helping the distance medley relay to a third-place finish (13:34.98)… Just missed the 60-meter dash finals with a prelim time of 8.01 seconds and clocked in a time of 26.43 seconds in first attempt at the 200-meter dash at the Arkansas Invitational (Jan. 15)… Traveled to the Pittsburg State Invitational, finishing the 60-meter dash qualifying race in 8.05 seconds… Matched her previous time in the 60-meter dash prelims and crossed the finish line in 26.76 seconds in the 200-meter dash… Recorded season-best times in the 60-meter dash prelims (7.89) and 200-meter dash prelims (26.09) at the conference championships (Feb. 27-28).

Outdoor: Competed in seven meets… Opened season at the Arkansas Spring Invitational (March 26) competing in the 100-meter dash (12.37 seconds)… Finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.59 seconds) and ninth in the 200-meter dash (26.43 seconds) at the Margaret Simmons Invitational (April 1)… Traveled to the Gibson Invitational (April 9) and finished 14th in the 100-meter dash prelims (12.48 seconds)… Finished 10th in the 100-meter dash (12.42 seconds) and 15th in the 200-meter dash (25.81 seconds) at the Tom Botts Invitational (April 16)… Ran a personal best 12.20 seconds in the 100-meter dash and finished ninth in the 200-meter dash (25.38 seconds) at the Missouri State Invitational (April 22)… Competed at the Jace LaCoste Invitational (April 30) in the 100-meter dash (12.58 seconds) and 200-meter dash (26.19 seconds)… Concluded season at the MVC Outdoor Championships (May 13-15) finishing 20th in the 200-meter dash prelims (25.90 seconds).

Background: Sprinter for John May at Cowichan Secondary for four years… Recorded fastest 100m time her senior year… Fastest 200m time came her junior season… Set the 4×100 relay British Columbia high school record her senior year… Crowned National Champion in the 100m and earned the silver medal in the 200m her junior year… Participated in the 2012 British Columbia summer games earning silver in the 200m, fourth in the 100m, and gold in the 4×100 relay.

Personal: Taryn Joan Smiley was born in Duncan, British Columbia to Todd Smiley and Tanya Knight… Resides with her mother and stepfather Chad Rutherford… Has two siblings: Rhys and Faith… Undecided major at MSU.