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Athlete of the Week, Sports

Nik Smith: The Fastest Sophomore in Massachusetts

Northampton Sophomore Nik Smith won both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash in the 21st Annual Notre Dame Route 228 Freshman Sophomore Invitational on April 26th.

Smith won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.39 seconds and the 200 meter dash with a time of time of 22.76 seconds, with personal best’s. Smith’s time in the 200 meter race also set a meet record, making him one of the fastest Sophomore’s ever in Massachusetts for the 200 meter dash.

Although Smith knew he had the potential to break the record before the race, it wasn’t his main focus. “I just wanted to win. I heard (the new record) over the announcements, but I didn’t really get too hyped about it,” said Smith.

Northampton placed 9th in the meet out of 30 plus teams, with all of their 20 points scored by Smith. Somerville won the meet with a score of 73 points.

As far as competition in the meet, Smith had no one to worry about. In the 200 meter dash, a half a second victory is equivalent to several feet. The second place finisher in the 200 meter finals came in over half a second behind Smith at 23.31.

“The competition was good for that age group,” Smith said, “but not for me.”

According to track coaches Brandon Palmer and Angus Fisher, Smith spent the week before the meet doing high speed, high distance, workouts to build his speed endurance. These workouts helped Smith maintain his top speed near the end of the 200 and 100.

Smith is also one of the most versatile runners on the team.  At meets he usually alternates between the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, and 4 by 400 meter relay. While other runners will only run one or two specific events, Smith is able to run anywhere from 100 to 800 meters. Smith has also placed in the long jump and hurdles.

Smith’s next goal is to drop his 100 meter time to below 11 seconds and his 200 meter time to around 22.5 seconds.