DeShai Smith is an outgoing student known throughout South Plainfield High School for his outstanding football season. Soon, DeShai will be known throughout the state for his track skills as well. DeShai broke a ten year old school record in the long jump last Saturday with a jump of 23 feet, 1/4 of an inch. The previous record was set by Opie Muse back in 2007. DeShai's jump came on his last attempt and helped him set a new meet record along with teammate River Dress at the Paul H. Beck Memorial Relays held at Millburn High School. He currently holds the second best jump in the state.
This was only one of the four gold medals DeShai walked away with. DeShai also ran a 49.4 second split in the 400 meter leg of the Sprint Medley Relay to help his team finish in 1st place. DeShai, along with Joshua Ward, Raeon Cohen and Caleb Kuberiet completed the race in 3 minutes, 40 seconds to run the fastest sprint medley for the Tigers since 2003. DeShai then teamed up with Mike DeAngelis to win the high jump relay. DeShai and Mike were the last two athletes jumping. DeShai cleared 6 feet, 4 inches while Mike jumped 6 feet, 2 inches. They beat the second place team by over a foot. Finally, DeShai, Josh, Raeon and Caleb ran the fastest 4 x 200 of the day. DeShai showed his swiftness with a 22.9 split and a convincing victory. DeShai and the Tiger Track Program compete in the GMC Relays and Championships in the upcoming weeks. Good Luck to DeShai and the Boys’ Spring Track team.
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