Athalia Smith Named NEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week

(Fairfield, CT) - Sacred Heart junior Women's Track and Field thrower Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT/New Britain High School) has been named Northeast Conference Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Dick Shea Open on March 26th at West Point, NY. 

Smith opened the 2011 season by taking the early league lead in the event with a winning throw of 55.19m (181' 1") in the hammer.  More than 4.0 meters above the ECAC Championships qualifying mark, Smith's throw ranks more than 1.5 feet better than the season-opening mark defending NEC champion Symmone Fisher produced this past weekend.   The former New Britain High School star missed out on an NEC title in the hammer throw by a mere nine inches last year.