In late August, Smiley, a Phoenixville High School graduate, topped a record field of 277 runners at the Fire Fightin’ 5K at Rehoboth Beach with a time of 15:25.
Then, last weekend at Dewey Beach, he took first place in a field of 225 runners at the 43rd Annual Gary P. Lister Bottle & Cork 10-Miler, one of Delaware’s oldest road races. Smiley clocked a 51:40.4 and bested the second-place finisher by more than six minutes.
Smiley competed on the collegiate level at Salisbury and West Chester universities. Scholastically, as a senior at Phoenixville, he qualified for the PIAA championships in cross-country and completed the course in Hershey in 16:56, a mark good enough for a 5:28 pace.