Eden grad Smith caps running career at Allegheny
His final season on the Allegheny men’s track and field team did not go as planned for Eden Christian graduate Carter Smith.
Smith, a senior, was named to the all-region outdoor team for the third consecutive season but failed to return to the NCAA Division III championship meet.
Allegheny head cross country and assistant track and field coach Ben Mourer said after a breakout junior year, Smith was hoping to be an All-American.
“Last spring, Carter qualified (for) nationals at the last possible meet and was not able to perform well,” Mourer said. “This year, we decided to focus on performing well at the national meet and purposefully did not chase times at the last meets of the year.
“Carter’s time wound up not being strong enough.”
Smith, a Cranberry resident, posted a mark of 3 minutes, 52.48 seconds in the 1,500-meter run at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier in May. He was named Great Lakes All-Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as one of the five fastest performers in the event in the region.
Smith made all-region in the 1,500 in 2017 and in the 5,000 in 2016. He earned the North Coast Athletic Conference title in the 1,500 in 2017.
Indoors, Smith was selected to the all-region team in the mile in 2017. He made all-region in cross country in 2016 and 2017.
“He had an amazing career as a Gator,” Mourer said.
Allegheny track and field coach Justin Linzy said Smith was a tremendous talent.
Smith, the 2013 WPIAL Class A boys cross country champion, considered his four years with the Gators rewarding.
“I got a lot faster than in high school,” he said. “I not only was pushed alongside accomplished runners, I, more importantly, made friends for life.”
Smith plans to run just for fun and to stay in shape.
“I am going to focus on my career,” he said.
Smith, an economics major, is working as a banking analyst in downtown Pittsburgh.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.