Isang Smith

Last Updated on March 20, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

Isang Smith

Unheralded Isang Smith shakes off a miserable start to the season

A few months ago Marisa ‘Isang’ Smith made it her goal to qualify for the SEA Games in the women’s 1500m. The most unlikely of ALL candidates in the Fil-Heritage program is the 28-year-old Massage Therapist from New York who had last year acquired a Philippine Passport and contacted me via the POC. Smith had been a 56.01 400m runner several years ago in College (like six years ago in fact). She had also a time of 61.41 for the 400 Hurdles before.

However, it was the gutsy risk to move up to an event she had never tried before the 1500m which raised hairs on the back of my neck. Still, I was willing to see how things panned out. Her first run in January in the mile she had only timed a 5:27 in the mile having several leg problems.

It was a rather miserable start to the season and only the bravest of the brave would have carried on after this setback. However last weekend at the Boston University Scarlett and White meet Smith improved her performance significantly to 5:07 indoors (which converts to 4:45 but maybe a bit faster on an outdoor around as much as 4:42). A significant improvement.

Her journey will continue at the national open where she will compete, she must hit a time of 4:32.33 to make the team.


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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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