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After finishing ninth in the heptathlon at the 2018 New Balance Outdoor Nationals, Panthers rising senior Brianna Smith was ready to make her big move at this past weekend’s event outdoor nationals at Greensboro, N.C. She came through big time, racking up a personal record (PR) 4,811 points, en route to an impressive second-place finish and all-American honors.
“I came here with the goal of getting all-Amerian and a PR,” said Smith, who finished fifth at theNew Balance Indoor Nationals in March, “but i really superseded that. I’m just so happy.”
Smith’s 4,811 points qualify as the second-best point total in Pennsylvania history, per the MileSplit.com database, and 48th all time in the United States. Smith’s total was just 147 behind champion Bryanna Craig from New Jersey’s Millville High School. According to Smith’s coach Jerome Lowery, any heptathlon margin of victory less than 300 points is “extremely close.”
As expected, Smith competed well in her primary events, tying for first place in the high jump (5-6), finishing second in the 200 meters (25.21) and coming in third in the 100 meter hurdles (14.42). She finished fourth in the long jump (18-1), 10th in the 800m (2:29.43) and 11th in the shot put (31-3.25). Her 20th place finish in the javelin (66-0.25) likely kept her from taking home the gold.