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SMWC Adds Three More to the Cross Country/Track & Field Programs

SMWC Adds Three More to the Cross Country/Track & Field Programs

SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College head cross country/track & field coach Zach Whitkanack announced the signing of three student-athletes to the 2020-21 incoming recruiting class. Brisa Martinez (Cross Country, Track & Field), Alec Smith (Cross Country, Track & Field), and Hannah Ellis (Track & Field), each signed their National Letter-of-Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at SMWC.


Bio | Brisa Martinez

Hometown | Portage, Indiana

Prep | Portage High School

Sports | Cross Country, Track & Field

Height | 5-foot-3

Birthday | September 20, 2000


Quote | Brisa Martinez

On continuing athletic career at SMWC...

"I would first like to thank God for blessing me with two amazing parents who supported me every step of the way. I also give thanks to all my coaches throughout the years but especially to my high school coaches, Coach White and Coach Trzeciak. With the help of Coach Whitkanack, I'm very excited to be attending SMWC!"


Quote | Head Coach Zach Whitkanack

On the signing…

"I am thrilled to add Brisa to the SMWC cross country and track&field family. Brisa had a great senior cross country season and I can't wait to see what she will accomplish  over the next four years." 


Academics...

  • Will graduate from Portage High School | 2020
  • Nursing Major
  • Technical Honor Society | 2020
  • Academic Letter | 2019, 2020
  • World Language Honor Society | 2019
  • Member of the Student Council
  • Treasurer of the HOSA

Athletics...

  • Varsity Letter Winner | Cross Country – 4
  • IHSAA All-Sectional | 2019
  • IHSAA All-Regional | 2019
  • IHSAA State Finalist| 2019
  • Mental Attitude Award | 2018

Extras...

  • Daughter of Marianna and Mauricio Martinez
  • Five siblings, Mauricio, Aime, Lino, Alejandra, and Emiliano Martinez

Bio | Alec Smith

Hometown | Rossville, Indiana

Prep | Carroll Jr/Sr High School

Sports | Cross Country, Track & Field

Height | 6-foot-0

Birthday | June 16, 2000


Quote | Alec Smith

On continuing athletic career at SMWC...

"Work so hard that one day your signature is an autograph."


Quote | Head Coach Zach Whitkanack

On the signing…

"Alec has a natural stride and runs a very strategic race. I think he will excel even more at the longer race distances. I really look forward to seeing what he can do at higher mileage training." 


Academics...

  • Will graduate from Carroll Jr/Sr High School | 2020
  • Graphic Design Major
  • Academic Letter Recipient | 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Athletics...

  • Varsity Letter Winner | Cross Country – 4, Track & Field – 4, Swimming/Diving – 4
  • Individual Cross Country Conference Champion
  • IHSAA Cross Country Sectional Runner-Up
  • IHSAA Cross Country Regional Qualifier | 4x
  • IHSAA Cross Country Semi-State Qualifier | 4x
  • Track & Field Conference Champion | 1600M
  • IHSAA Track & Field Sectional Runner-Up | 1600M
  • IHSAA Track & Field Sectional Runner-Up | 3200M
  • IHSAA Track & Field Regional Qualifier | 1600M | 3x
  • IHSAA Track & Field Regional Qualifier | 3200M | 2x
  • IHSAA Track & Field Regional Qualifier | 4x800M Relay

Extras...

  • Son of Shannon and Jeffery Smith
  • Two siblings, Payton and Quinn Smith

Bio | Hannah Ellis

Hometown | Dana, Indiana

Prep | North Vermillion Jr/Sr High School

Sports | Track & Field – Thrower

Height | 5-foot-10

Birthday | April 25, 2002


Quote | Hannah Ellis

On continuing athletic career at SMWC...

"Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion." – Michael Jordan


Quote | Head Coach Zach Whitkanack

On the signing…

"Hannah is a very hardworking and dedicated athlete. She will add needed depth to our field events this winter as we continue to expand the program." 


Academics...

  • Will graduate from North Vermillion Jr/Sr High School | 2020
  • Undecided Major
  • Honor Roll | 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Member of the National Honors Society
  • Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Student Council

Athletics...

  • Varsity Letter Winner | Track & Field, Basketball, Volleyball
  • Named All-Conference | Discus, and Shot-Put
  • IHSAA Sectional Champions | 2x
  • Academic All-Conference | 2x
  • IHSAA Regional Qualifier

Extras...

  • Son of Shannon and Jeffery Smith
  • Two siblings, Payton and Quinn Smith

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