The 49ers women’s track team celebrates its 2019 Golden Valley Conference title.


The Yuba College women’s track and field team took home some familiar hardware this week as the team won its third straight Golden Valley Conference title. 

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work this season to make it work, so the fact that we were able to claim this title was pretty special,” said Yuba College track star, Hannah Smrt. 

Smrt finished in first place in the following categories: 100 meter race, 200 meter race, 100 meter hurdles and the long jump. 

Other notable finishes included Alaira Smith, who as a freshman has already qualified for the state in the heptathlon. 

“I think what I love the most about this team is how much of a family we are. I always feel so connected whether it’s with my teammates, coaches or trainers,” said Smith. 

One person who isn’t surprised by all of the success around the Yuba College track program is head coach Howard Atkinson. 

“Year after year we keep getting a lot of local talent and they just seem to be getting better and better,” Atkinson said. 

While the coach is very pleased with how his girls performed, he makes sure that the team stays focused on the bigger picture. 

“Track is great, but my goal is to give all of these athletes something to take with them and a degree from a four-year university is just that.”

The Yuba College women’s track team will hope to keep up the success when it competes at the NorCal Trials on Saturday.

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