OUTLOOK: Expected to have a great returning year...Will be leader in the long relays and with hurdle group.
2003: Indoors, opened season with runner-up finish in the 400m at the George Mason Early Invitational ... Also placed fourth in the 60m hurdles at George Mason ... Was runner up in the 60m hurdles at the Virginia Tech Invitational ... Placed third in both the 60m and 60m hurdles and was seventh in the 400m at the SEC Four-Way Meet ... Finished seventh in the 55m hurdles at the Florida Invitational ... Won 60m hurdles heat and placed sixth in the event final at the Meet of Champions in New York ... Topped the 55m hurdles field at the USC Invitational with a time of 7.89 ... Placed third in the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.63 and fifth in the 400m with a time of 54.15 at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Earned All-American honors as part of 4x400 relay team at NCAA Indoor Championships ... Teamed with Miki Barber, Demetria Washington and Lashinda Demus to establish a new school record in the 4x400 with a time of 3:28.25, finishing second to Texas in the race ... Outdoors, won the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles at the Weems Baskin Relays ... Finished third in the 100m hurdles at the Florida Relays with a season best time of 13.35 ... Also at the Florida Relays, won the 400m dash ... Finished third in the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles at the Penn Relays ... Placed second in the 100m hurdles at the Orange & Purple Classic ... At the SEC Championships, won her heat of the 400m hurdles and captured her second straight 400m hurdles title as she ran a season best time of 57.13 in the finals ... Also at the SEC Championships, ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay team that placed third ... Won four out of four races on the final day of the NCAA East Regional at George Mason University in what was her best meet of the year ... In the 100m hurdles, ran a winning time of 13.12, by far a season best for her as well as the top mark set by a Gamecock in 2003 ... In the 400m hurdles, won with a time of 55.89, once again, by far a season best for her and another top mark set by a Gamecock during year ... Ran the opening leg of the winning 4x100m relay, which turned in a season-best time of 43.26 ... Also ran in the 4x400m relay as the second leg, which won with a time of 3:35.45 ... Teamed with Erica Whipple, Alexis Joyce and Aleen Bailey to post a school-record time of 42.83 in the 4x100 relay for a second-place finish in the NCAA final ... Part of 4x400 relay team that placed third at NCAAs ... Finished third in the 400m hurdles and ninth in the 100m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and totaled four All-America honors ... Ran in 10 races at NCAAs ... Participated in the United States Outdoor Championships.
2002: During the Indoor season, won the 60m hurdles at the UNC Early Invitational ... Finished second in the 55m hurdles at the USC Indoor Invitational ... Finished fourth at the Virginia Tech Invitational in the 60m hurdles ... Finished fifth at the USC Indoor Open in the 400m dash ... Placed fifth at the SEC Championships in the 60m hurdles ... Was a member of USC's 4x400m relay that won the SEC Indoor title ... Was 11th in the 60m hurdles at the NCAA Championships, garnering All-American honors ... Outdoors, was runner up in the 400m hurdles at the Weems Baskin Sprint Relays and at the Florida Relays ... Finished third in the 100m hurdles at the Sea Ray Relays and at the Penn Relays ... Finished third in the 400m hurdles at the Penn Relays ... Won the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles at the Four-Way SEC Meet ... Broke the SEC record (55.78: Tonya Lee, UT, 1991), running a 55.75 to win her first individual conference title at the SEC Championships ... Was runner up in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Championships - finishing second to teammate Lashinda Demus, who ran a 54.85 to break the World Junior record ... Was just off the World Junior record as well, hitting 55.22 (the record was 55.20) ... All-American in the 100m hurdles when she finished seventh ... Ran on USC's 4x400m relay that broke the NCAA and collegiate relay with a time of 3:26 ... Won the 100m hurdles at the USATF Outdoor Championships with a meet record and personal best time of 13.01 ... Finished second in the 400m hurdles at the USATF Outdoor Championships ... Qualified for the World Junior Championships in both the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles ... Overcoming an injury to her quad in training, she made the finals of 400m hurdles at Worlds, finishing fourth ... Won a gold medal with the USA's 4x400m relay which clinched the gold medal with an American record ... Finished the year on USC's all-time top times list at No. 2 in the 400m hurdles, No. 2 in the 100m hurdles and as a member of USC's best ever 4x400m relay.
HIGH SCHOOL: 2001 Track & Field News All-American ... Attended Northwestern High School in Miami, FL ... Lettered in track and field for four years ... Named 2000 Track & Field News All-American in 300/400 h, 2000 All-American in 400 h, 2001 All-American in 400m hurdles and 100m hurdles, named four time All-County in 300 h, four time All-County in 4 x 400 m relay ... Was named team MVP in 1999, 2000, and 2001 ... Was State Champion in 100 h, 300 h, and 4x400m in 2000 and 2001 ... Named 2001 Female Track Athlete of the Year for the State of Florida ... 2001 Miami Herald Female Athlete of the Year ... 2001 Miami Northwestern High Track Athlete of the Year ... All-American at National Scholastic outdoors in triple jump ... Currently holds 400m hurdles record in the National Jr. Olympics and 300m hurdles for the State of Florida ... Was runner-up at National Scholastic Meet in 100m and 400m hurdles ... Team won state championship in 1999 and 2001.
Date of birth/Location: February 5, 1983/Miami, Fla.
Parents: Ricky and Louise Smith and Karl Ross
Major: Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Favorite actress: Jada Pinkett
The best advice my parents ever gave me: To always finish whatever you start
Favorite place to visit: Hawaii
My most memorable moment: Winning the NCAA National Championship
The person I look up to the most: My mother, because she is smart, beautiful and a very strong woman.
I chose USC over: Alabama, Florida, LSU and Miami
My season goals: To run a 12.6 in the 100m hurdles and a 53.9 in the 400m hurdles.