2016 OUTDOOR Qualified for the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles & the 4x400-meter relay ... was unable to finish the 400-meter hurdles prelims race, earning honorable mention All-America honors ... ran the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the 400H after winning his quarterfinal heat at 51.03 to auto-advance from the West Prelims ... is the seventh Red Raider to qualify in the event ... ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay team which finished second in their heat to auto-qualify, sixth overall at 3:04.87 ... the time was a season-best ... it is the 10th mile relay to advance to the NCAA Championships in school history, second consecutive ... entered the NCAA West Preliminaries with a time of 50.49 in the men's 400-meter hurdles, which ranked sixth in the region ... the mark was set at the Texas Tech Open on March 24 ... it was a PR and gave him a first-place finish ... has placed first in every 400-meter hurdle race he's competed in this season except for one ... opened the season at 52.28 at the TCU Invitational on March 18 ... added another win at the Michael Johnson Invitational on April 23 at 50.74 ... ran the fastest preliminary time at the Big 12 Championship at 51.94, then earned silver in the final at 51.47 ... also helped the Red Raiders to a bronze medal at the conference championship in the 4x400-meter relay at 3:09.85.
2016 INDOOR Ran in the 200m, 400m, 600y and 4x400-meter relay during the indoor season ... set two PR's in the 200 meters and the 600 yards ... at the Texas A&M Quadrangular, he hit a mark of 21.95 in the 200m, and at the Big 12 championships, just missed out on a qualifying spot in the 600 yard finals after a prelim time of 1:11.64 ... his top 400-meter dash time of the year came at the New Mexico Team Invitational at 48.44 ... also competed on four 4x400-meter relays during the indoor season ... helped earn All-Big 12 honors with a fourth-place finish in the men's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:09.55.
2015 OUTDOOR Competed in the 400-meter hurdles for Texas Tech in eight meets during the outdoor campaign ... opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the UTSA Challenge at 51.98 ... his best time of the season came the next week at the Texas Relays behind a mark of 50.73 en route to a seventh-place finish ... notched two first-place finishes at the Texas Tech Open and Red Raider Open ... earned All-Big 12 performer honors after placing second at 51.67 at the conference meet ... represented Texas Tech at the NCAA West Preliminaries, just missing out on a trip to Eugene after finishing 15th at 51.29.
2015 INDOOR Ran in five meets for the Red Raiders during the indoor slate ... finished in the top 10 in every race he finished ... posted a PR of 48.15 in the 400-meter dash at the Texas A&M Quadrangular ... placed sixth in the 600 yards at the Texas Tech Open at 1:12.10.
2014 OUTDOOR All-Big 12 performer for the Red Raiders in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing fourth at the conference meet, running a season-best 51.08 ... Qualfied for the NCAA West Preliminaries in the event, where he placed 29th, with a time of 52.20 ... Won the 400 meter hurdles at the West Texas A&M Classic, with a time of 52.54.
2014 INDOOR Competed in three meets for the Red Raiders, most notably the Texas A&M Triangular, where he finished eighth in the 400 meter dash, running a 50.54 ... Also took ninth in the event at the Texas Tech Open, running a season-best 50.52.
ELGIN Lettered three years in track and field...2013 Texas State Championship Bronze Medalist...Ranked No. 12 in Texas in the 300-meter hurdles...National Society of High School Scholars Inductee (NSHSS)...earned Academic All-District Honors ... Born John Wesley Smith in Austin, Texas...has three siblings...pursuing a degree in exercise sports sciences.