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She is a 2005 graduate of Providence College (previously at King's College, she first started running with Papakura Harriers). Smith won the 2004 NCAA Women's Individual Cross Country Championship. She won three NCAA individual titles in indoor track (5,000 meters and 3,000 meters) and outdoor track (5,000 meters) during the 2003-04 season. Her four NCAA individual championships are the most by any runner in Providence College history.
She ran the fastest half marathon by a woman on United States soil when she won the 2011 Rock n Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon in 1:07:36, and several months later bettered her own record with a 1:07:11 at the 2011 Philadelphia Half Marathon. She set a national record in the marathon with a run at the 2010 London Marathon she finished eighth in the women's race and recorded a time of 2:25:21. Smith was leading the women's field of the 2011 Boston Marathon by 50 seconds at the halfway point, but injured her leg at mile 15 and was forced to drop from the race with roughly seven miles remaining. She ran at the inaugural B.A.A. 10K in June and came second behind the Boston Marathon winner Caroline Kilel.
Smith is contracted by Reebok and currently holds six New Zealand national records.She also holds the Oceanian records for the 3000, 5000 and 10,000 metres. Currently, she resides in Providence, Rhode Island.
1500m: 4:11.25 1 mile: 4:24.14 3000m: 8:35.31 5000m: 14:45.93 10k: 31:23 Half-Marathon: 67:11 Marathon: 2:25:21
2 time Olympian 4 time NCAA Individual Champion 5th in 2010 & 2011NYC marathon 8th in 2010 London Marathon in National Record Time 2005 World University Games Champion - 5000m 3 Top 10 finishes in World Championships & Olympic 10,000m (2007, 2008 & 2009) NZ record holder outdoors from 2,000m to Marathon. NZ record holder indoors from Mile to 5,000m.