Deshai Smith takes gold and breaks school record as Tigers take fourth in GMC Track and Field Championships

Deshai Smith.
Dillon Harris in the javelin competition. Credits: South Plainfield track and field's twitter account, @SPTrack.

OLD BRIDGE- The best young track and field athletes in the county went down to Old Bridge earlier this week to take part in the 2017 Greater Middlesex Conference track and field championships. A lot of medals were given out during the two-day event, and South Plainfield High School certainly took home their fair share.

Expectations were high for Deshai Smith going into the championship meet, but the senior Tiger still came through, and in a big way. By the end of the last day of competiton, Smith, the #2 high jumper in the state, delivered one of the best all-around performances of the meet.

Smith started off the meet by taking the top spot in the high jump, recording a 6-7 clearance. In addition to winning Smith the gold, the 6-7 clearance was just the second time this season a New Jersey jumper surpassed the 6-6 mark. Only Paterson Kennedy’s Jason Thobourne has jumped higher (6-8).

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Smith also placed second in the long jump with a 22-8 ½ mark, and second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.19. A 22.11 finish in the 200 gave Smith the third place spot in that event, and broke a South Plainfield school record.

Josh Ward continued his strong season by taking the silver medal in the pole vault with a 12-06. mark. Dillon Harris took fourth place in the javelin and recorded his personal best with a 158-5 throw.  Caleb Kuberiet took fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.67.

Those individual performances gave the South Plainfield boys team a fourth place overall finish.

Kayla Greenleaf earned a third place finish in the girls shot put event with a 35-08.50 throw. Julianne Ferraro took fourth in the 3,200 meter run with a 11:31.12 finish.

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