BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo senior track and field sprinter Brian Smith has been named as the Mid-American Conference's Male Scholar Athlete of the Week. Smith shares the final weekly honor of the 2010-11 school year with baseball players Troy White of Northern Illinois and Jon Edgington of Miami (OH).
Smith, a communcation major with a 3.348 grade point average, earned first-team All-MAC honors as he won the 200-meter dash in 21.12 seconds at the league championship meet in DeKalb, IL on May 14. Smith's time was one-hundredth of a second off his season-best and three-hundredths shy of his school record. He also scored in the men's 100-meters as he finished seventh in 10.64, setting a season-best time and was a member of both of UB's relay squads as the Bulls tied for fourth in the team standings.
Smith, a North Tonawanda, NY native and graduate of the Nichols School, will represent the Bulls at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Region Preliminary Round May 26-28 at Indiana University. He will compete in the 200-meters where he earned the 33rd seed in the regional among 48 qualifiers.
He is the 11th UB athlete to win the league's weekly honor during the 2010-11 school year. Women's basketball player Kourtney Brown was honored twice during the year. Nick Fetterman (men's soccer), Matt Schwippert (men's swimming), Byron Mulkey (men's basketball), Colin Patrican (men's diving), Zach Filzen (men's basketball), John-Martin Cannon (wrestling), Alex Baldock (baseball), Ajla Glavasevic (women's track and field) and Ashley Zuber (women's basketball) were also named the league's top scholar athlete once.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.