CANTON Former Lake track standout Jade Smith was one of three members of the Malone University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams to earn All-Midwest Region recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Smith, a junior from Uniontown, earned All-Region recognition for the first time in her career. Her honor caps a successful junior season which she wrapped up with a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Outdoor Championships with a mark 11:11.22 before improving her time by more than 24 seconds at North Central College’s Keeler Invitational. With a time of 10:46.86, Smith moved into second on Malone’s all-time performance list in the event and broke the G-MAC steeplechase record.
Overall, her time at the Keeler Invitational ranked 27th among Division II student-athletes this season and she narrowly missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Division II championships.
In addition to her steeplechase success, Smith also posted new personal bests in the mile and 3,000 meters during indoor season and new personal records in the 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters during outdoor season.
Along with Smith, sophomore Ashton Dulin received the All-Midwest Region honor in the 400-meter hurdles and senior Duke Taylor was recognized in the discus. In addition to their All-Region recognition, Dulin and Taylor qualified for the NCAA Division II national championship meet that in Bradenton, Fla.
Dulin (Reynoldsburg H.S.), was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference’s Track Athlete of the Year after an outstanding performance at the conference’s outdoor championship meet on April 28-29, during which he broke five meet records over the two days of outdoor competition.
Taylor (East Canton H.S.) is a four-time USTFCCCA All-Region honoree in the discus and is making his fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Division II outdoor national championship meet in his final season for the Pioneers.