Pioneer Focus: Lepear Smith

 

PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer focus goes to sophomore football and track and field athlete Lepear Smith for his efforts the last few weeks in two Pioneer indoor track and field meets.

Smith won the 60-meter hurdles and finished fourth in the 60-meter dash in a non-scoring meet at the Youngstown State University Invitational on Jan. 27. He won the 60-meter hurdles finals with a winning time of 8.32 seconds (the same time he posted in the preliminaries) and finished fourth among 16 contestants in the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.07 seconds.

Then at the NCAA Division II Challenge on Feb. 3 Smith helped to lead the Pioneers to a 11th place finish among 22 schools by posting a fourth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.30 seconds.

Lepear Smith (left) runs in an outdoor meet last spring as a freshman in the 60-meter hurdles. So far in the indoor season, Smith's best time in the event is 8.30 seconds. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Get to know the exercise science major Lepear Smith

Q: Favorite food?

A: Grilled ribs

Q: Something most people don’t know about you? 

A: I have an obsession with headphones.

Q: Favorite fast food outlet?

A: Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Q: What is your biggest superstition?

A: My biggest superstition is if I do good I have to keep wearing the same combination of clothes/uniform.

Q: Facebook or Twitter?

A: Facebook

Q: Who is your role model and why?

A: As of recently it is Tim Tebow because he is true to who he is and what he believes.

Q: Who is your most influential coach?

A: My most influential coach would have to be cornerback coach Lasimba Patilla.

Q: Best and worst part of college athletics?

A: The best part of college athletics is the free meals, but the worst part is the wear and tear on your body.

Q: Least favorite rule at Malone?

A: All of them…no really it is just no microwaves in the rooms.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: In 10 years I see myself working with my teammate Brandt Lynkins in his future sports specific business.

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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