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    Leigh Smith     
     
      Leigh Smith
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Raleigh, N.C.

High School:
Cardinal Gibbons

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 210

Event:
Javelin/ Discus

Experience:
3L

2003-Outdoor- Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Won Comeback of the Year Award at team banquet ... Returned to his winning form in a pronounced way en route to winning his second SEC javelin title and All-America recognition ... Followed the traditional Volunteeer directive to peak in the postseason ... Launched the spear a lifetime-best 236-6 to reclaim the SEC javelin crown and give the Vols a needed boost (May 18) ... Finished fourth at the NCAA Mideast Regional with a 221-10 to lock up his spot for the NCAA Outdoors ... Took 10th in qualifying for the javelin finals with a 222-11 measurement at the NCAA Championships ... Earned 10th in the javelin finals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after a 223-3 throw ... Earned All-America honors as the 10th-place finish landed Smith among the top eight American finishers ... Finished 14th with a 228-6 mark in the javelin at the USA Outdoor Championships ... Opened his season with a season-best 147-6 measurement in the discus and a fourth-place, 215-3 regional qualifier in the javelin (March 22) ... Took second in the javelin at the Florida Relays after a 218-10 mark ... Efforts proved crucial to Tennessee squeaking out a one-point win at South Carolina's SEC Triangular, winning the javelin with a 217-3 measurement and taking fifth in the discus with a 146-8 mark ... Earned fourth in the invitational section of the javelin with an improvement to 223-7 ... Won the Knoxville Invitational javelin with a 212-7 mark and took fourth in the discus with a 147-3 ... Won the javelin at the Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus, Ohio with another improvement to 227-3.

2003-Indoor- Squad member.

2002-Outdoor- Registered PRs in the javelin, discus and hammer in the outdoor season ... Stands fourth on Tennessee's all-time javelin list ... Flung the spear a then-lifetime-best 233-3 to win the javelin, post a provisional mark that got him into the NCAA meet and help defend Tennessee's 32-year home winning streak at the Gatorade Classic (April 6) ... Not satisfied with just one career best at the Gatorade Classic, Smith posted a lifetime best in the discus with a 149-7 distance to nab eighth (April 6) and scored more points with a sixth-place, 109-4 mark in the hammer ... Launched a provisional 224-7 effort to take silver in the javelin at the Penn Relays ... Contributed valuable points to Tennessee's winning Cal Invitational effort (March 23) by winning the javelin with a provisional 220-8 mark and scrapping for eighth in the hammer with a 119-2 PR ... Finished 13th with a javelin mark of 222-8 at the NCAA Outdoors ... Contributed points to Tennessee's SEC Outdoor repeat with a fourth-place, 215-7 measurement in the javelin ... Won the javelin with a 215-7 distance at USC's Trojan Classic to open the season.

2002-Indoor- Squad member.

2001-Outdoor- Won Most Valuable Freshman (field) Award at team banquet ... Capped remarkable freshman campaign with All-America honors and unexpected points at the NCAA Outdoors to play a crucial role in propelling the Vols to their first NCAA title in a decade ... Developing a reputation as a clutch performer in championship meets ... Despite entering the NCAA meet with the 11th-best javelin mark in the nation, Smith uncorked a 231-1 effort to grab fourth and secure a much-needed five points when his team needed it most at the NCAA Outdoors ... Smith's provisional javelin throw of 232-10 gave him the SEC title and Tennessee's freshman record at the SEC Outdoors (May 13) in Columbia, S.C. ... He bested the previous UT freshman record of 230-1 by John Richardson in 1988 by two feet, nine inches ... Smith stands fourth on the all-time UT list in the javelin ... Smith threw the javelin 228-3 at the Georgia Tech Invitational to take second ... Took second with a mark of 224-6 in the championship section of the javelin at the Penn Relays ... Earned third in the invitational javelin with a 221-3 measurement at the Sea Ray Relays ... Placed second in the javelin with a 226-9 effort at the Baldy Castillo Invitational at Arizona State ... Won the javelin with a 220-0 measurement at the SEC Quad in Starkville, Miss. ... Finished 16th with a 204-7 effort at the USA Outdoors at Oregon ... Registered a PR 146-4 mark to take fifth in the discus at the Gatorade Track Classic.

2001-Indoor- Squad member.

HIGH SCHOOL- 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 FootLocker 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 ... Took fourth at the 1999 Penn Relays in the javelin ... Named high school MVP ... Ran a PR of 39.3 in the 300m hurdles ... Also played football in high school ... Averaged 1.6 passing touchdowns a game from his quarterback position his senior year.

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