CALI SMITH (LANE 4) CROSSES THE LINE WITH A NEW MEET RECORD OF 29.06 IN 200m!
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
Smith met former LSU All-American Aleia Hobbs last year. Before this year's meet Hobbs talked to Smith on the phone and told her she could break her records for 9-year old girls in the 100m and 200m at the AAU Region 11 Meet.
In 2005, Hobbs set the standard in the 100 meters with a time of 13.90, and also in the 200 meters, running a 29.16.
Smith won 9-year old girls 100 meters, with a time of 14.05, barely missing Hobbs' record by .15, but she broke the 200 meter record by winning with a time 29.09.
She was helped by South Baton Rouge Jaguar Tyler Parker, who pushed Smith from start to finish. Parker ran a 29.36.
"It felt good," Smith said after the race. "This girl that got second, she is very fast. She is definitely good competition."
Smith said that she worked on not bobbing her head and running the curve hard in order to win the race.
Now, Smith will turn her attention to the National Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina. Smith will run in the prelims of the 200 meter on Monday, August 1st at 3:15pm. Louisiana track and field fans will be able to watch the meet LIVE on MileSplit.
Don't be surprised if Smith runs even faster in North Carolina.
What does Smith think she can run at the National Junior Olympics?
"I think I can run a 28," Smith said.