Moose Jaw -
Given her pre-season expectations, Kailey Smith has no trouble finding a silver lining from a second place finish at nationals.
The University of Saskatchewan runner was second in the women's 600-metre final at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport track and field nationals in Windsor this past weekend.
Her time of one minute, 32.19 seconds was her second fastest time ever in the distance.
"I'm really happy with how the weekend turned out," said Smith.
"Going into the season I wasn't expecting a medal, so coming out with any medal makes me happy. I would have liked to come home with gold, but I can't be unhappy with silver, that's for sure."
In addition, Smith was part of two bronze medal winning relay teams with the Huskies. The 4x400 was third with a time of 3:52.82 and the 4x800 was third in a time of 9:05.46. Smith ran the anchor for both races.
"The relays went really well," said Smith. "We third in the 4x4, but there was some conflict there. They initially said we were disqualified. We got our hopes down, but then our team appealed it and we ended up not being disqualified."
The Huskies women finished tied for third with Western Ontario in the overall standings.
The season was memorable even before CIS nationals. Smith ran the anchor in the 4x400 as the Huskies won the final relay of the Canada West championships to earn a conference title for the first time since 2004.
For more on this story, read Wednesday's Times-Herald.