Smith Competes at 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships
Claremont, Calif. – York College women's track & field freshman standout Jasmine Smith competed in her first NCAA Outdoor National Championships on Thursday as she leapt 5.34 meters (17' 6.25") and finished 22nd overall.
"I know she is extremely disappointed with her performance today, but we are extremely proud of her and her accomplishments this season, Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca noted. "There is no disappointment in ending your freshman year at the national meet. Her performance here has left her wanting more, which will continue to motivate her for a return trip next year."
Despite the less-than-desirable result, Smith put together a tremendous rookie campaign. Most notably, she became the first woman Spartan in the history of the York College track & field program to ever qualify for the NCAA National Championships in any event. During the year, she picked up Capital Athletic Conference titles in both the indoor and outdoor long jumps while she was named the league's Outdoor Rookie of the Year on the women's side. She established new program records in both the indoor (5.33 meters) and outdoor (5.69 meters) long jump, respectively. In total, Smith put her name in the Spartan record book in eight events this season, which, along with the long jump, included a number of sprinting events during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns.