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LEIGH SMITH
Event: Javelin
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
PR: 83.74m/274-9 (2008)
Born: August 28, 1981
Current Residence: Destrehan, La.
High School: Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) HS '00
College: Tennessee '05
Coach: Andrew Smith
Agent: Self
Club: Unattached

Career Highlights: 2008 Olympic Team member; 3-time All American; 3-time SEC javelin champion

Smith qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in the men’s javelin after placing fifth at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Smith qualified for the Olympic Team roster spot by being one of only three competitors in the event who had bettered the Olympic “A” qualifying standard of 81.78 meters/268 feet, 4 inches. Smith finished third at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, but did not attain the Olympic “A” qualifying standard of 81.80m/268-4 within the designated time window and was not named to the Team USA roster. Smith’s throw of 83.74m/274-9 on May 9 at the Georgia Invitational leads the 2008 U.S. list and is an improvement on his previous personal best by a little more than four feet. Smith was a two-time high school All-America selection in the javelin (1999 and 2000) ... Won the high school boys’ javelin at the 2000 Penn Relays with a throw of 213-8 ... Champion at the 1999 Foot Locker National Scholastic Open in Raleigh ... Took the title at the 1999 USA Track and Field Youth Nationals in Edwardsville, Ill.  Named to the North Carolina All-State track and field team in discus ...Placed fourth at the 1999 Penn Relays in the javelin...ran a PR of 39.3 in the 300m hurdles... Also played football in high school...averaged 1.6 passing touchdowns a game as a quarterback his senior year.

2008: 5th at Olympic Trials (74.24m/243-7)…did not qualify for final at Olympic Games (76.55m/251-1)…1st at Georgia Invitational (83.74m/274-9PR, U.S. Leader)…ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 83.74m/274-9.
2007: tied for 13th at USA Outdoor Champs (70.30m/230-8)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 77.24m/253-5.
2006: 9th at USA Outdoors (70.58m/231-7)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 82.33m/270-1
2005: 4th at USA Outdoors (73.12m/239-11)…ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 79.36m/260-4.
2004: 3rd at Olympic Trials (76.38m/250-7)…5th at NCAA Outdoors (73.72m/241-10)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 81.66m/267-11.
2003: 14th at USA Outdoors (69.66m/228-6)…SEC Outdoor champ…10th at NCAA Outdoors….best of 72-10m/236-6.
2002: 13th at NCAA Outdoors (67.86m/222-8)…4th at SEC Outdoors…best of 71.10m/233-3
2001: 4th at NCAA Outdoors (70.44m/231-1)…16th at USA Outdoors (62.36m/204-07)…SEC Outdoor champ…best of 70.98m/232-10.
2000: Best of 65.12m/213-8.

6/24/09

 

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