Larrieu Smith attended Cal State University in Long Beach and UCLA. Starting with the 1500-meter title in 1970, Larrieu established 36 U.S. records and 12 world bests in distances ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 meters. Francie was just the third female American athlete to make five Olympic teams. Larrieu served as the head men’s and women’s cross country/track and field coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown from 1999-2018. She was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.