March 12, 2007
Former Pitt student-athlete Trecia-Kaye Smith was one of two female track and field competitors named to the list of NCAA Division I Most Outstanding Student-Athletes. She received this honor as part of the NCAA's 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships.
Smith competed in jumps while at Pitt from 1996-99, earning three national indoor titles in the long jump and one in the triple jump. She is a seven-time NCAA national champion, a 15-time All-American, a 14-time Big East champion and a 15-time Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) champion.
Smith earned the Panther Award, given to a senior student-athlete who has best promoted Pitt athletics through outstanding athletic achievement. She earned the Big East's "Most Outstanding Field Performer" award for the 1997 indoor and outdoor seasons. Smith was also the 1997 ECAC indoor and outdoor outstanding field performer. She was a finalist for the Honda Award in 1998 and 1999.
In addition to her collegiate accomplishments, Smith went on to compete in the 2004 Olympic Games. Representing her native Jamaica, she finished fourth in the triple jump. Smith won the IAFF World Championships last year in the triple jump.
Smith graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's in exercise science, and she received her master's in physiotheraphy.