Christian graduated from Pawnee Heights High School in 2002 and from K-State University in 2006.
At K-State, Smith was the NCAA champion in the men's mile at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, and was also a 1500m All-American in 2006, a four-time Indoor All-American in 2003, 2004, 2005, & 2006, collegiate record holder in the indoor 1000m, and he also holds the indoor 1000m school record and the outdoor 800m and 1500m school records.
Smith joined the Oregon Track Club Elite in 2007 and qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 800m by diving to finish in third place at the 2008 Eugene Oylmpic Trials, edging out 2004 Olympian, Khadevis Robinson with a time of 1:45:47. His performance bettered the Olympic "A" qualifying standard of 1:46:00, which he needed to accomplish, along with finishing in the top three of the final, to qualify for the U.S. Oympic Team.
Smith qualified to return to the Olympic Trials in 2012, but was unable to get out of the preliminary round. Smith's personal best for 800m is 1:44:86 achieved in 2006.
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