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Ryan Smith

Class: R-Junior
Position: Throws
Height: 6-4

Previous School: Athens Christian

Hometown: Winder, Ga.

2011 (R-So.): Named Big South Men's Outstanding Field Performer after winning the shot put and finishing as the weight throw runner-up at the indoor conference meet … at the IC4A indoor championship, placed third in the shot put and sixth in the weight … bolstered his personal-best distances to 58-6.5 in the shot put and 61-1.25 in the weight throw during the indoor campaign … his top shot put of the year came at the prestigious Tyson Invitational, where he finished second … tabbed Big South Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week on both Jan. 26 and Feb. 17 … won another Big South shot put title outdoors, to go along with a fourth-place finish in the hammer and a sixth-place showing in the discus … competed in the shot put at the NCAA East Preliminary Round meet for the second year in a row … pushed his outdoor personal-best marks to 57-11.25 in the shot put, 145-10 in the discus and 184-10 in the hammer.

2010 (R-Fr.): Threw the shot put a season-best 57-8.25 at the first-ever NCAA Preliminary Round meet … Big South indoor and outdoor shot put champion … at the IC4A level, he placed fourth in the indoor shot put and sixth outdoors … also competed at the IC4A meet in the weight throw (indoors) and hammer (outdoors) … came in fifth in the Big South outdoor hammer and sixth in the indoor weight throw … won a total of eight shot put competitions, between the indoor and outdoor campaigns.

2009 (Fr.): Redshirted during his first year at Liberty … won the shot put at his first collegiate track & field meet, the Liberty Kickoff … also took top honors in the shot put at both of Liberty's home outdoor meets, including the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, when he reached a season-best 55-10.5 … finished 10th in the shot put at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Prep: Attended Athens Christian School … won the Georgia state title in the shot put as a senior … helped his team capture the state track & field team championship as a junior … two-time state champion as a wrestler.

Personal: Son of Tim and Tammy Smith … social science major … birthday is Sept. 25.

Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
SP – 60-1.75 (18.33m) (Indoor)
DISC – 169-11 (51.79m)
WT – 63-6.25 (19.36m) (Indoor)
HAM – 194-11 (59.42m)

Big South Individual Titles (8)
2010 Indoor Shot Put
2010 Outdoor Shot Put
2011 Indoor Shot Put
2011 Outdoor Shot Put
2012 Indoor Shot Put
2012 Indoor Weight Throw
2012 Outdoor Shot Put
2012 Outdoor Discus

All-Big South Honors (10)
2010 Indoor Shot Put – 1st
2010 Outdoor Shot Put – 1st
2011 Indoor Shot Put – 1st
2011 Indoor Weight Throw – 2nd
2011 Outdoor Shot Put - 1st
2012 Indoor Shot Put - 1st
2012 Indoor Weight Throw - 1st
2012 Outdoor Shot Put - 1st
2012 Outdoor Discus - 1st
2012 Outdoor Hammer - 2nd