Smith Takes Fifth in Weight Throw for Seventh All-America Honor
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March 8, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Illinois State senior thrower Brittany Smith posted a fifth-place finish in the weight throw competition at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center Friday afternoon, earning the seventh All-America honor of her career with a throw of 69-07.50 (21.22m).
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde felt Smith gave it her all today in the weight throw competition.
"Anytime you face off against someone like Felisha [Johnson] of Indiana State, you know you have a tall task ahead of you," Forde said. "Brittany faced her in the conference and she has demonstrated why she has been the top-ranked thrower all year and that is nothing for Brittany to hang her head on. She realizes she did an outstanding job competing as hard as she needed to do. She finishes that phase of her career being an All-American and it speaks volumes to how talented she is. This is one of the hardest meets to get into and is considered to be one of the top-three meets in the world each year. I think she will use her performance today to drive her tomorrow as she will try and excel a little bit more tomorrow. This was a good start to the meet for her so far."
Smith opened the competition with a throw of 66-10.50 (20.38m). She improved that mark to 68-02.50 (20.79m) on her third throw of the preliminary, entering the finals in fifth place. She improved each of her next three throws, finishing with a finals series of 68-04.25 (20.83m), 69-06.25 (21.19m) and 69-07.50 (21.22m), respectively. It was Indiana State's Johnson who claimed the individual title with a throw of 77-02.00 (23.52m).
Smith has now racked up seven All-America honors throughout her career as a Redbird, while posting four top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. She will head to the ring tomorrow, March 9 at 4 p.m., for the shot put competition where she enters the meet ranked seventh. She will throw in the second flight, as she looks to add to her already stellar career at Illinois State.
Those wishing to follow the live action can do so on GoRedbirds.com or on Twitter via @ISU_Track_XC. The meet will be broadcast live on ArkansasRazorbacks.com, Friday, March 8 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, March 9 at 12 p.m. ESPN3 will pick up the evening broadcast on both days beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. A tape-delay of the entire championship will be aired on ESPNU March 17 at 7 p.m.
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