Drake Smelser
Drake Smelser
Height: 6-2
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Herculaneum, Mo.
High School: Herculaneum HS
Position: Distance

2013: Smelser ran in four races for the Lions as a freshman finishing 81st at the MIAA Championships running the 8k course in 28:16.18...Took 60th overall at the Jackling Jocks Invite as he ran the 8k course in 28:26.31...Ran the 8k course at the Southern Stampede in a time of 27:43.54...Competed in the season-opening double dual at Arkansas along with Missouri where he ran the 6.6k course in 22:42.1.

Prior to Southern - Smelser comes to Southern from Herculaneum High School in Herculaneum, Mo. ... A four-year letterwinner in both track and field and cross country, Smelser ran for coaches Kyle Davis (MSSU Alum), and David Cook ... In four years at HHS, Smelser has heeled the Blackcats to two state championships (2010-11) and a pair of runner up finishes (2009, 12), while helping the track and field team to a fourth-place finish this past year ... He is a two-time All-State selection.

Personal - Smelser is the son of Douglas and Robyn Smelser and plans to major in biology at Southern.