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Miles Smith Will Compete In USA Track & Field Championships

June 15, 2005

Cape Girardeau, Mo. - After winning All-America honors with a fifth place finish in the 400-meters at the NCAA Division I national championships, sophomore Miles Smith of Southeast Missouri State University will compete in the USA Track & Field Championships, June 23-26, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The top place winners at the USA championships will qualify for the United States team in the IAAF World Championships in August, Helsinki, Finland.

"The top five to eight place winners in the 400 will have an opportunity to be named to the team in either the open 400 or the as a member of the 4 X 400-meter relay team," said Southeast coach Joey Haines. "We believe Miles has an outside chance of making the team or we would not be going to California."

Smith has a personal best time of 45.16 which ranks 10th best among entries for the USA Track & Field championships. His time ranks 14th in the world.

"I think I can lower my time to the mid 44's," Smith said. "I've beaten some of the guys who are ahead of me in the rankings and so I know I have a good chance to make the finals."

Smith will compete in the first round of the 400 on Thursday, June 23, with the semi-finals on Friday, June 24, and the finals on Saturday, June 25.

The NCAA Division I championships will be televised via tape delay on CBS television, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. The 400-meter race where Smith finished fifth will be one of the featured events.



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