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Ryan Smeeton’s journey from Canada to Stillwater

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OSU senior Ryan Smeeton tries to catch another runner in the home stretch during the Cowboy Jamboree cross country meet on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater.

Ryan Smeeton, Oklahoma State senior cross-country runner, has made a name for himself at the NCAA level for cross-country. Smeeton was born and raised in Canada, and he was one of the best runners in Alberta during high school.

“In Canada, in my province, I was the top runner for my class in high school,” Smeeton said. “But once I got to the NCAA level there were 200 guys just as good as I am. It really widens your perspective on how much it takes to be good.”

Alongside Smeeton, there is another Albertan superstar at OSU, who he happens to be extremely familiar with. Smeeton is friends with OSU star running back Chuba Hubbard, and their ties go all the way back to high school.s

“Chuba and I were on the same provincial track team,” Smeeton said. “He was in the sprints and I was in the distance events.”

Smeeton and Hubbard ran together for the Alberta Provincial Team, and they competed together in the Canadian Legion Youth Track and Field Championships.

Smeeton and Hubbard are both stars in their respected sports, and Smeeton takes pride in having another Albertan athlete at the same school as him.

“To see him come here and really make a name for himself at the NCAA scene is something that I think he should take a lot of pride in,” Smeeton said. “I also find a lot of pride in that too as I have one of my countrymen down here at the same school as me. We are just trying to do our best and represent our province and Canada well.”

Smeeton had a big season last year and ended up placing third in the 8K at the Big 12 Championship. He is looking to have another big year in 2020.

Smeeton placed fifth overall in the 8K on Oct. 3 at the Cowboy Jamboree and is looking to have a big meet on Saturday at the OSU Invitational. Smeeton is set to compete in the 8k and OSU is looking to win its second consecutive meet.

“The big overarching goal for everyone is to do as well as we can as a team,” Smeeton said. “We focus a lot on trying to win team titles and looking to win the team conference title.”

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