Smith Earns Auto Mark and First Place in Tripl
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Late last night at LSU’s Last Ditch Track Meet the Razorbacks were able to add to their list of NCAA automatic qualifiers as senior Richard Smith posted a season-best mark of 53-4.00 in the triple jump.
“He did a great job to earn that automatic qualification,” Arkansas field events coach Dick Booth said. “It was a quiet meet, so he really had to dig deep down for motivation. Now Richard will have the opportunity to score us points in a critical time at nationals.”
On Smith’s first attempt he jumped 51-7.00, then his second attempt of 53-4.00 was what did the trick and was also good enough to capture first place at the meet. Smith’s previous best jump for the season was a provisional qualifying mark of 51-9.25 at the SEC Championships on March 2.
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