2019-20 Women's Track & Field
Sarah Caesar Distance
Alaina Carpenter Distance
Kailee Carro Distance
Maranda Donahue Distance
Danielle Durak Distance
Sierra Fischer Sprints
Katherine Germann Mid-Distance
Maria Greer Throws
Jordan Houlihan Sprints
Taylor Justison Mid-Distance
Claire Kovarik Distance
Hayley Krulik Throws
Charlotte LaFleur Throws
Shannon Lahey Sprints/Jumps
Celia McGhiey Mid-Distance
Lauren Mikolajczak Throws
Kate Mitchell Mid-Distance
Anne Mou Jumps
Peyton Nash Distance
Kathleen Neal Distance
Sarah Padilla Distance
Michelle Pierce Throws
Olivia Recker Distance
Taylor Smith Sprints
Aaliyah Strickland Sprints
Full Roster
Michelle Pierce

Michelle Pierce

Events Throws
Yr. So.
Hometown Indianapolis, Ind.
High School (Prev. School) Heritage Christian

2021: Cracked the program record book in the indoor weight throw with a 54-4.75 on Feb. 5 at the GVSU Snowdown Showdown. That mark ranked fourth in program history and stood as the team’s best of the season… Had her best indoor shot put of the year on Feb. 13 at the Indiana State Invitational, a 35-5.25 (10.80m)… Posted her season best in the outdoor shot put on May 1 at the Valpo Invite, turning in a 37-11.5 (11.57m)… Also competed in the outdoor discus, posting a season best of 109-5 (33.35m) on April 9 at Benedictine… Had her top outdoor hammer on May 14 in the MVC Championships, turning in a 154-1 (46.96m)… Member of MVC Academic Honor Roll… Earned Valparaiso University Presidential Academic honors.

2020: Led Valpo in the shot put during her sophomore year… Set a career high in the weight throw on Jan. 24 at the John Gartland Invitational, finishing third with a mark of 48-11½ (14.92m)… Also at John Gartland, posted a 33-6¾ (10.23m) in the shot put, finishing eighth… Threw her season-best shot put on Feb. 7 at the Windy City Rumble, finishing third with a mark of 36-7¾ (11.17m)… Also at Windy City, finished fifth in the weight throw with a distance of 48-0 (14.63m)… Threw 44-0¾ (13.43m) in the weight throw on March 1 at the MVC Indoor Championships.

2019: Saw her first collegiate action with Valpo at the Blue and Gold Invitational on Nov. 30. Her mark of 36-0¾ (10.99m) in the shot put was the team’s best of the indoor season… Hit 43-10¾ (13.38m) in the indoor weight throw in the same meet. Both marks stand as personal bests… Threw 34-2 (10.41m) in the shot put and 43-6 (13.26m) in the weight throw at the MVC Indoor Championships on Feb. 23…Set a personal record in the outdoor shot put at 37-1 (11.30m) and discus 104-2 ¼  (31.76m) at MVC Outdoor Championships on May 12 while also establishing a personal best in the discus at 104-2.25… Set a personal record in hammer throw at 130-4 (39.73) on April 6 at the Gibson Invitational.

Prep: Named the MVP of the track team in 2016 and 2018… Was second at all-city in the shot put as a freshman (2014-2015)… Became the city champion in the shot put as a junior (2016-2017) and senior (2017-2018)… At indoor state, placed eighth as a sophomore, sixth as a junior and second as a senior… Won the shot put in the small school showcase as a senior and placed second in the discus in that meet… Played basketball all four years including two years on varsity… Was a basketball state champion in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016… Won a regional championship in basketball in 2017-2018… Served as the senior class president in 2018.

Personal: Majoring in psychology… Born on Aug. 19, 2000… Daughter of Terrell Smith and Michael Pierce.