Bailey Smith is a fast runner who could be on the verge of becoming even faster.

Bailey Smith is a fast runner who could be on the verge of becoming even faster.

The Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association (PEISAA) 200-metre record holder is working on getting out of the blocks quicker.

The 20-year-old Ten Mile House native has been training indoors this winter and recently won the 60-metre dash at the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship in Moncton. She will be the first UPEI Panther ever to compete at the U Sports event Thursday in Edmonton.

"I usually don't have the best starts, which is crucial in the 60," Smith said before a recent training session. "A lot of the times, if you have a bad start then it ruins the rest of your race. We've been working really hard this year, so it's paid off."

There was a timing issue at the AUS event, but there was photographic evidence of Smith winning the race. Through 50 metres, Smith was leading with a time of 6.60.

The U Sports 60 metre heats are Thursday at 8 p.m. Atlantic with the final at 10 p.m.

This story originally appeared in The Guardian on March 7, 2017 written by Jason Malloy. For the full story click here