THIS YEAR: Sophomore Mikaela Smith begins her second season as a Trojan competing in the 800m run. She competes in cross country for the Trojans in the Fall.
2016: Won the 800m with a then-PR of 2:06.66 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 1. She then set a PR and ran the seventh-fastest time ever by a Trojan with a time of 2:05.33 in the Pac-12 Championship semifinals on May 14...She finished seventh in the finals on May 15 with a time of 2:07.88. She went on to run a time of 2:05.39 to take fourth at the USA Junior Championships on June 25.
HIGH SCHOOL: Smith graduated with the class of 2015 from Clovis North High School in Fresno, California. She was the 2013 and 2014 California State Champion in the 800m run with times of 2:08.39 and 2:06.85 respectively. She also had the second-fastest qualifying time for the finals in 2015, but tripped and was disqualified in the finals. Smith also won the CIF Central Section 800m title all three seasons in which she competed (2013-15) and won the CIF state indoor title in the 600m race with a time of 1:28.87 in 2013. She was the 2014 Fresno Bee Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: Mikaela was born on July 4, 1997 in Fresno, CA...Her parents are Michael and Debbie Smith and she has one sibling, Tyler... Throughout High School she volunteered at her church and served as a bible study teacher ...At USC she is a human biology major in the Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences and is involved in the African American Student Union...Her favorite things to eat are Mexican food and Cinnabons...Her sports hero is Coach Freeman...Her favorite musician is Drake...Would like to travel in the future....After USC she would like to compete in the Olympics and change people's lives as a doctor.
CAREER BESTS: 800m - 2:05.33