N.C. A&T’s Smith races her way to U.S. Final



Smith breaks her own school record

GREENSBORO – Loreal Smith put together one last outstanding performance before putting away her North Carolina A&T uniform for good.

Smith made the finals in the women’s 100 meter hurdles at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Smith’s entry into the finals gave her an opportunity to represent the U.S., in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany in August.

Smith finished sixth in the finals with a time of 12.90. The time did not qualify for a school record because the tailwind was 2.2 meters per second, which exceeds the 2.0 reading allowable for records. The top four qualified for the trip to Berlin.

Smith did not walk away without setting a school record, however. In the preliminary round she did run a 12.97 in a legal 1.4 wind to break the previous school record she set at the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May at 13.14. She is now the only female Aggie ever to run the 100 meter hurdles under 13 seconds. Smith made the finals by running a 12.99 in a 3.2 wind in the semifinals earlier in the day.

Aggie sprinter Calesio Newman, jumper David McFadgen and two-time All-American Alexandria Spruiel also competed at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships. Former Aggie Tarrish Alexander competed unattached in the long jump. Newman ran a 10.18 in the men’s 100 meters but did not qualify. McFadgen did not place in the triple jump final, and Spruiel failed to qualify in the 400 meters.

Alexander finished 20th in the long jump with a leap of 24-feet, 9 ¼ inches.