Auburn senior high jumper DJ Smith finished sixth in the men's high jump
at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Hayward Field in
Eugene, Ore. The Southeastern Conference runner up this season, Smith concluded
his career with his first outdoor All-America honors after clearing a
season-best height of 7-2½ (2.20m).
effort was huge for us. I'm proud of the way he performed to concluded his
career with his first outdoor All-American honors," Auburn head coach Ralph
Spry said. "He did a great job and came into his own at SEC and NCAA Prelims
and was one bar away from being top three."
successfully cleared his first two marks of 6-8¼ and 6-10¾, before clearing 7-0
½ and 7-2 ½ on his third and final attempts at each height.
thankful I was able to achieve one of my goals to be an All-American," Smith
said. "It feels good. I'm blessed. I am so thankful for my coaches, my mom and
dad, God and the entire support staff that helped me get here."
The Atlanta, Ga., native bowed out of the event when he could not clear his three attempts at a personal-best mark of 7-4½. Arizona State junior Bryan McBride won the event after clearing 7-5¾.
INFORMATION SOURCE: AU Athletics