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Miles Smith Runs For Berth On US Team

June 22, 2005

Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State University sprinter Miles Smith, the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA Mideast Regional champion in the 400-meters, will be seeking a berth on the United States team for the world championships when he competes in the USA Track & Field Championships in Carson, Calif.

Smith, who finished fifth in the NCAA finals, will compete in the first round at the Home Depot Center on Thursday at 6:20 p.m. (CDT). The semi-finals will be Friday, 9:10 p.m., with the finals on Saturday, 4:12 p.m. The finals will be nationally televised on ESPN with a telecast from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday and 4-6 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

"My goal is to make the finals which would place me in the top eight," Smith said. "I think I will need to run in the mid 44's to place in the top five which would pretty much guarantee me a spot on the United States team for the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland."

Smith's personal best time of 45.16 is the 10th fastest of the entries in the USA Track & Field Championships. The top time is 44.0 by Jeremy Wariner, running for Adidas, with the second fastest time from NCAA champion Darold Williamson of Baylor at 44.27.

"Miles continues to get better and I think he will run in the 44's," said Southeast coach Joey Haines who accompanied Smith to California for the finals. "He closed very strong in the NCAA finals and I think he is ready for another big race. Miles is making a name for himself both nationally and internationally and is bringing great recognition to our track program and the entire university."



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