Anthony Smith set not one, but two 3A state meet records on Tuesday at the PG Sportsplex. (Photo by Brandon Miles)
Anthony Smith lost the regional title in the 300 meter dash by just a few thousandths of a second. He was not about to leave the state meet race up to the same slim margin.
Not only did Smith set a new personal best by three-quarters of a second and win by nearly half a second, but he also took down the previous 3A state meet record in the event (34.58). It was a huge breakout race for the senior who didn't even run the 300 last season and didn't break 36 seconds until the conference championships in late January. He is also the only boy this year to break 34.50 seconds in the PG Sportsplex.
That wasn't the end of Smith's day - far from, in fact. He decided that one 3A state meet record was not enough and ran 6.36 (his first time running under 6.40) in the 55 meter dash finals, picking up ten more points for the Huntingtown boys. He cleared 6'6 in the high jump, good for second place, and then came back to run an anchor on the Hurricanes' 4x200 leg, nearly chasing down Woodlawn in the fast section. Huntingtown was awarded the title after Woodlawn was DQ'd.
All told, Smith played a part in 38 of the 55 points Huntingtown scored en route to their first-ever indoor state title. They also got six points from senior Ky'Ree Kirkman in the 300 meter dash, seven from Kenneth King and Connor Howlin in the shot put and four from Thomas Foulkes and Conor McGirr in the 1600 to round out their scoring.