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Ryan Smith

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

Previous School: Athens Christian

Hometown: Winder, Ga.

2012 Outdoor Track & Field (R-Jr.)
• Voted Big South Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer, after scoring 28 points at the Big South meet
• Won his third consecutive Big South outdoor shot put title and his first discus championship, to go along with a runner-up finish in the hammer
• Became the first men's thrower to sweep the Big South shot put and discus championships since 2005
• Threw the shot put, discus and hammer at the IC4A meet, placing third in the shot put with an outdoor personal-best throw of 59-9.75
• The only NCAA Division I men's thrower in the nation to compete in the shot put, discus and hammer at the 2012 NCAA Preliminary Round meets
• Came in 17th in the shot put at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet
• During the season, he moved up to No. 2 in program history for the shot put (59-9.75), No. 3 for the hammer (194-11 at Big South) and No. 6 for the discus (169-11 at Big South).

2011-12 Indoor Track & Field (R-Jr.)
• Swept the Big South shot put and weight throw titles, setting personal bests in both events while winning the shot put for the third year in a row
• Became the second Liberty thrower to go over 60 feet in the shot put, with his Big South meet-record mark of 60-1.75
• His Big South-winning weight throw of 63-6.25 moved him up to No. 2 in program history
• Scored 10 points at the IC4A meet, with a runner-up finish in the weight throw and a seventh-place performance in the shot put
• Won three straight Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors, on Feb. 2, 9 and 16.

2011 Outdoor Track & Field (R-So.)
• Captured his second consecutive Big South outdoor shot put crown
• Also placed fourth in the hammer and sixth in the discus at the Big South meet
• Finished 18th in the shot put at the NCAA East Preliminary Round meet
• Top seasonal marks included 57-11.25 in the shot put, 145-10 in the discus and 184-10 in the hammer

2010-11 Indoor Track & Field (R-So.)
• Tabbed Big South Men's Outstanding Field Performer after winning the shot put and coming in second in the weight throw
• Posted a third-place shot put finish and a sixth-place weight throw effort at the IC4A meet
• Threw the shot put a season-best 58-6.5 to finish second at the prestigious Tyson Invitational
• Best weight throw of the season reached 61-1.25, enabling him to win the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup title
• Earned Big South Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week honors on both Jan. 26 and Feb. 17

2010 Outdoor Track & Field (R-Fr.)
• Won his first Big South outdoor shot put championship, while coming in fifth in the hammer and 12th in the discus
• Placed sixth in the IC4A shot put final and also threw the hammer at the meet
• Top shot put mark of the year, 57-8.25, produced a 16th-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Round meet
• Won five shot put competitions during the season

2009-10 Indoor Track & Field (R-Fr.)
• His first Big South title came in the indoor shot put
• Also produced a sixth-place finish in the Big South weight throw final
• Fourth-place shot put finisher at the IC4A meet, while also throwing the weight
• Won three of his five shot put competitions during the indoor campaign

2009 Outdoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Did not compete in any meets for Liberty and was redshirted
• Finished 10th in the shot put at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships
• Won the shot put at both of Liberty's home outdoor meets, competing unattached
• Notched a season-best shot put distance of 55-10.5 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier

2008-09 Indoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Did not compete in any meets for Liberty and was redshirted
• Won the shot put at his first collegiate track & field meet, the Liberty Kickoff

Prep
• Graduated from Athens Christian School
• Won the Georgia state title in the shot put as a senior
• Helped his team win the state track & field team championship as a junior
• Two-time state champion as a wrestler

Personal
• Son of Tim and Tammy Smith
• Social sciences major
• Birthday is on Sept. 25

Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
SP – 60-6 (18.44m)
DISC – 169-11 (51.79m)
WT – 64-4 (19.61m) (Indoor)
HAM – 195-11 (59.71m)

Big South Individual Titles (10)
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
2013 Indoor Shot Put
2013 Outdoor Shot Put

All-Big South Honors (15)
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
2013 Indoor Shot Put - 1st
2013 Indoor Weight Throw - 2nd
2013 Outdoor Shot Put - 1st
2013 Outdoor Discus - 2nd
2013 Outdoor Hammer - 2nd