Shoreview siblings excelling in college

Mounds View High School graduates Austin and Cassidy Smestad are finding success after high school.

Austin Smestad and Cassidy Smestad are siblings who both graduated from Mounds View High School. They were multi-sport athletes in high school and picked out a single sport to pursue in college. 

They have continued to achieve athletic and academic success since moving on to the college ranks.

Austin, a 2013 Mounds View graduate, is entering his senior season for the Washington University football team and is looking to build off a strong 2015 campaign. Last fall he appeared in all 10 of the Bears’ games and tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with six. He was second on the team in rushing yards with 486. His single-game high for rushing yards was 87, which he got against Centre College in week two.

Based on his work in the classroom, Austin was named academic all-conference and first-team academic all-district. He had a 4.0 grade-point average in both semesters and is majoring in chemical engineering.

At Mounds View, Austin played football and baseball and was a four-year academic letterwinner.

Cassidy graduated from Mounds View in 2015 and is set to enter her second year at Truman State University. She is a member of the Bulldogs’ women’s track and field team and qualified for the NCAA Division II outdoor championships back in May.

Cassidy qualified for nationals in the shot put and finished 15th. Her top effort at the national meet was 46 feet, 2 1/2 inches. She was one of four freshmen to compete in the meet in the shot put.

Academically, she carried a 4.0 grade-point average in the first semester and is studying exercise and sports science with a research emphasis.

At Mounds View, Cassidy won the Class AA state title in the shot put in 2015 with a winning toss of 44 feet, 8 3/4 inches.

Washington University is located in St. Louis and its athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. The school’s athletic teams are nicknamed the Bears and compete in the University Athletic Association. The football team is a member of the Southern Athletic Association along with Hendrix College in Arkansas, Centre College in Kentucky, Berry College in Georgia, the University of Chicago, Birmingham Southern College in Alabama, Rhodes College in Tennessee, Millsaps College in Mississippi and Sewanee University in Tennessee.

Truman State University is located in Kirksville, Missouri, and is a Division II athletic program. The school’s athletic teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs and compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference along with 15 other member schools.

Austin and Cassidy are the children of Jack Smestad and Liz Parr-Smestad.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.



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