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Senior Multi-Event Star Brianna Smith Earns Indoor All-American Honors

brianna smith Cheltenham’s Duke University-bound multi-event track and field star Brianna Smith has been named a New Balance Nationals Indoor / National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) All-American, an honor placing her among the top performers in program’s storied history.

This indoor season, the three-time all-American recorded the best pentathlon score (3,617) in Pennsylvania and the United States. She also claimed the state title in the high jump (5-6), and was Pennsylvania’s No. 1-rated performer in that event, and No. 7 in the country.

“Selflessness is one of Brianna’s greatest character traits, as well as loyalty, courage, generosity and integrity,” said coach Jerome Lowery. “It’s not hard to look at Brianna and see her as a standout athlete. On paper, she’s garnered many athletic accolades over the years, and behind her smile is an amazing young athlete in the making. She works very hard to maintain her glowing GPA, and without seeking applause or recognition, she still finds time to be a great leader and mentor and excellent older sister to her siblings. It’s been a great pleasure to coach her.”

A 15-time state medalist and seven-time AAU national champion, Smith is second-ranked  all-time in Pennsylvania in the heptathlon (outdoor) and pentathlon (indoor). As a heptathlete, she placed second in the 2019 New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a personal record 4,811 points. In the high jump, her personal record is 5-8, while 14.42 is her best in the 100m hurdles.

This year’s New Balance Nationals Indoor, where all-American honors are bestowed upon the top six finishers in each event, was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the NSAF wanted to recognize the best of the best for their hard work and dedication. All-Americans were selected based on season accomplishments in terms of marks and honors won.