Sterling Smith
Sterling Smith
Height: 5-11
Year: Junior
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
High School: Karns HS

Sterling emerged as one of Tech's top runners in his sophomore season, and should continue to be a pacesetter in 2013...promising skills as a runner and has showed consistent improvement in his times throughout the seasons.

AT TECH (In 2012): Took another giant leap forward from his freshman sason to his sophomore campaign...was among team leaders in every meet in 2013, including a teambest effort at the Berry Invitational...had four of his first five times under 28 minutes, then reeled off a career-best effort at the OVC Championships with a time of 26:31.0 to eclipse his previous best by 30 seconds.

(In 2011):
Sterling ran in six meets for the Golden Eagles and showed consistent improvement throughout the season...peaked at the end of the season, running a season-best 8K time of 28:26 at the OVC Championships and turning in his best finish relative to his teammates at the NCAA South Regional, where he was the fourth Golden Eagle to finish the 10K with a time of 35:27...cut his TTU Invitational time of 30:05 by more than a minute at Jacksonville State, posting a 28:44, then sliced that time to 28:32 at Evansville.

HIGH SCHOOL: Sterling ran cross country and track and field at Karns High School under coach Christopher Cowan-Banker...set a 5K personal record of 16:54.00 at the Foot Locker South Regional on Nov. 27, 2010 and ran in the TSSAA State Cross Country track and field, he ran the 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter...set a personal-record time of 4:49.57 at the TSSAA Section 1AAA Championships on May 13, 2011.

PERSONAL: The son of Gary and Donna Smith...born April 19, 1993...full name is Sterling Curtis Dean Smith...major is undeclared.