Aug. 4, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College graduate Kim Smith '05, will compete in the women's marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Sunday, August 5. The event is slated to begin at 6:00 a.m. (ET) and 11:00 a.m. local time in London. Dylan Wykes '05 will take part in the men's marathon next weekend.
Smith, is making her third appearance in the Olympic Games, having competed in the 5,000 meters in Athens (2004) and 10,000 meters in Beijing (2008). Smith is one of the most prolific runners in Providence College history, as the only Friar to win four NCAA titles. She captured the 3,000 and 5,000-meter titles at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, becoming the only Friar in program history to capture two NCAA titles in the same meet. She also captured the 2004 NCAA Cross Country individual title and the 5,000-meter title at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Smith's three Olympic appearances are second to only John Treacy '78 in Providence College cross country/track history. Treacy made four appearances in the Olympic Games, and earned a silver medal in the men's marathon in held in Los Angeles in 1984.
Wykes, will compete in the men's marathon in London on Sunday, August 12 at 6:00 a.m. (ET) and will represent Canada. As a Friar, Wykes competed in four-consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championships, finishing as the top Friar in 2003. In the 2003-04 season, Wykes captured a BIG EAST Indoor title in the 3,000 meters. He also finished third in the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:50.24 at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. Wykes qualified for the Olympic Marathon in April of this year, after he ran the Rotterdam Marathon in a time of 2:10.47.
Stephanie (O'Reilly) Reilly '01, competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase on Saturday, August 4 and finished ninth in her respective heat with a time of 9:44.77. Reilly, who represented Ireland in the Olympic event, did not qualify for the final. While at Providence, Reilly was a scorer at multiple BIG EAST and ECAC Championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. It wasn't until after college that Reilly started competing in the steeplechase.
Online coverage of the Olympic Games can be found at www.nbcolympics.com
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