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Christi Smith Ryan

SMITH-RYAN IS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING FEMALE ATHLETES IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON. A FOUR YEAR LETTER WINNER FOR THE ZIPS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM, CHRISTI SMITH-RYAN MADE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT FOR DENNIS MITCHELL’S SQUAD AS SHE SET SIX SCHOOL RECORDS AND PROVISIONALLY QUALIFIED FOR THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AS A FRESHMAN.

NOT CONTENT TO REST ON HER LAURELS, THE TALENTED MULTI-EVENT PERFORMER SET FIVE MORE SCHOOL RECORDS AS A SOPHOMORE AND WAS NAMED THE MVP OF THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS. AS A JUNIOR SHE FINISHED SECOND IN THE HEPTATHALON AT THE NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BY THE TIME SHE WAS A SENIOR SHE HAD ESTABLISHED HERSELF AS ONE OF THE TOP PERFORMERS IN THE COUNTRY.SHE PUT AN EXCLAMATION POINT ON HER COLLEGE CAREER BY SETTING A SCHOOL AND MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE RECORD WITH 5,797 POINTS TO WIN THE NCAA DIVISION I HEPTATHALON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. HER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS A FIRST FOR A UNIVERSITY OF AKRON ATHLETE AS WERE HER MULTIPLE ALL-AMERICA HONORS.

HER IMPRESSIVE CAREER INCLUDED ELEVEN MAC INDOOR AND OUTDOOR TITLES AND SHE EARNED ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE HONORS SEVEN TIMES. SHE WAS NAMED AKRON’S CAROLINE PARDEE FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES AND WAS THE FIRST UNIVERSITY OF AKRON FEMALE ATHLETE TO QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPIC TRIALS. SHE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE U OF A SPORTS HALL OF FAME IN 2011.

Inducted 2014 | Track & Field