T&F set for national stage this weekend
2003 - Earned All-America honors in the 400 hurdles and as a member of the Aztecs' 4x400 relay ... fourth in the 400 hurdles at the NCAAs, posting the second-fastest time in school history of 56.10 (MWC record) ... second leg on SDSU's eighth-place 4x400 relay at the national meet ... competed in three events at the NCAA regional, taking second in the 400 hurdles in 56.60 ... earned the MWC outdoor championships' high point award, claiming three individual and two relay titles ... swept the hurdle events with a winning time of 13.36 in the 100H and 58.66 in the 400H ... fifth in SDSU history in the triple jump with her winning leap at the MWC meet of 40-3.25 ... fourth in the 100 meters with a season best effort of 11.59 (No. 3 in SDSU history) in the prelims ... 14, top-two finishes, including nine wins ... two-time MWC athlete of the week ... won the 400 hurdles at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, notching a then MWC record of 57.30, which ranked fourth nationally and second in school history ... appears in the Aztec top 10 in five individual events and ran the anchor leg on the school record 4x200 at the Penn Relays (1:32.99) ... won the 200 at the conference indoor meet in 23.90, second fastest in MWC history ... MWC all-academic pick.
At Alabama - Competed for two seasons with the Crimson Tide, earning All-America honors both seasons ... 10th in the 400 hurdles at the 2002 NCAA outdoor meet, posting a time of 57.96 ... turned in the Crimson Tide's top finish during the 2002 Southeastern Conference outdoor championships, taking third in the 400-meter hurdles ...ran the 11th-fastest time (58.66) in the prelims of the 400 hurdles at the 2001 NCAA championships to garner All-America honors ... a Dean's List student at Alabama.
High School - Earned four letters in track at Mojave High School in Las Vegas, Nev., under head coach Sam Germany ... three-time athlete of the year and an all-state honoree ... led her team to the state championship as a senior ... won numerous Nevada state titles in the 100, 200, 400 and 100 hurdles ... team MVP ... also played four years of basketball and volleyball at Mojave.
Personal - Nicole Artesha Ireland was born April 23, 1982, in Fresno, Calif. ... daughter of Sharon Babcock and Troy Smith ... majoring in math and hopes to be a professor.