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CROSS COUNTRY: MITCA honors Novi's Smith with Hall of Fame induction

Veteran Novi cross country coach Robert Smith has been recognized by MITCA. (Submitted photo).

Robert Smith has seen a number of athletes achieve solid accomplishments through his cross country program at Novi High School.

Now others around the state have taken notice as the veteran coach was recently inducted into the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Mount Pleasant.

Smith, who has coached cross country at Novi High for 32 years, has been one of the state’s most successful coaches in the last 15 years. He coached Novi to state championships in 1998-99, the first in school history, and had four Kensington Valley Conference championships and five regional championships in the last 15 years. The Wildcats had a 76-18 dual meet record during that span. Since 1990, he’s had 11 squads finish in the top 10 at the state meet, including a nine consecutive years from 1998-2006.

CLICK HERE TO READ MIPREPZONE EDITOR JASON SCHMITT'S BLOG ABOUT COACH SMITH AND NOVI CROSS COUNTRY.

And he’s coached 28 all state runners, including Tim Moore, the 2001 state champion and Footlocker Cross Country national champion.

Smith also coached the national champion and meet record-setting 4 x one-mile relay team, comprised of Novi High athletes, at the 2001 Adidas Outdoor Nationals in Raleigh, N.C.

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it,” said Smith.

Indeed, he’s coached 92 all-conference runners and 82 state qualifiers during a tenure which has garnered several Coach of the Year honors for Oakland County, MITCA and the Kensington Valley Conference.

Smith was inducted into both the South Lyon High School and the Alma College Hall of Fame in 2005.

Last Updated: 11/29/2012 5:13:37 PM EST

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