Cosette Smith
Cosette Smith
Birth Date: 06/13/1981
Height: 5-5
Year: Senior
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
High School: Mira Costa
Position: Middle Distance
2004 XC Recap: Cosette earned her third All-Conference honor by finishing 9th at the Big West Championships helping lead the team in her final season to a second NCAA Championship birth. At nationals she finished 138th, rolling the second half of the race coming from as far back as 200th. A consistent top 5 scorer for the Gauchos, she was instrumental in the team's 3rd place Regional finish by grabbing 24th and All-Regional honors.

2004 Track & Field Recap: Smith won the Big West 10,000m title and doubled back to take 2nd in the 5,000m...named team Co-Most Valuable for 2004...finished 7th in the NCAA West Regional 5k final...personal best of 16:33.13 set at Mt. SAC Invite ranks 2nd on the All-time Gaucho list...also set top-ten all-time UCSB marks with PR's for 1,500m (4:32.39), 3,000m (9:50.31) and 10,000m (36:22.67).

2003 XC Recap: Cosette was named Team Captain for the 2003 season... was a major factor in the Gauchos Big West Championship and first ever qualification for the NCAA meet...one of the Gauchos top three at all major meets, Smith claimed her second XC All-Conference finish taking third at Big West, finishing 29th at the West Region Championship and 110th at NCAA's.

2003 Track Recap: Strong sophomore season, bringing home a pair of second place finishes from the Big West Championships in the 1500m and 5k. Went on to qualify for the Regional championships and narrowly missed an NCAA appearance running a PR of 16:44.18 -- the 3rd fastest time in UCSB history.

2002 TF/XC Recap: Cosette sat out spring 2002 track and fall 2002 cross seasons due to injury.

2001 XC Recap: Undoubtedly the most improved runner for the team. Earned All-Conference honors by placing 3rd at the Big West Championships.

2001 Track Recap: Won the California/Nevada Championship 3,000m race with the school's 9th fastest time of 9:56.44. At Conference Championships, finished 6th in the 1500m finals after running a personal best of 4:33, and 9th in the 5,000m with a time of 17:50.

2000 XC Recap: Team's 3rd finisher with 28th place effort at the 2000 Big West Cross Country Championships as a true freshman.

Personal Info Named after Victor Hugo's Les Miserables orphan.

High School Notes: Finished 6th at the 1999 Division 1 CIF Southern Section XC Championships and 18th at the CA HS XC state meet... Finished 6th in the 1600 at the '00 CIF State meet finals with a personal best of 4:55.01... As a HS junior, Smith finished 2nd in both the 1600 and 3200 at the '99 Division 1 Southern Section CIF Championships.

PROGRESS CHART

Event/Race High School Freshman SO (RS) SO (3rd yr) JR (4th yr) SR (5th yr)
800 2:19.49 -
1,500 4:36.57 (converted) 4:33.95 - 4:32.87
1,600 4:55.01 - -
3,000 10:15.84 9:56.44 -
3,200 10:56.90 - -
5,000 19:02 (CIF XC St. Meet) 17:50.56 - 16:44.18 16:33.13
UCSB 5k XC 18:23 (Mt. SAC 3 Mile) NM 18:12 rs