Smith competed in discus and took first place with a throw of 55.17 meters. Smith won on her third attempt, with a throw that looked like it was going to be a scratch, but curved in at the last second.
Her throw broke the school record of 51.16m, which was set in 2013 by Smith, according to the program records.
“She got a regional qualifying mark, which will stand up and get her into the regional meet,” TCU track and field head coach Darryl Anderson said. “To be able to do that in the first outdoor competition in that event is tremendous for her and it’s tremendous for our program.”
Smith also broke the Lowdon Complex record of 53.44 meters, according to the program records. The previous complex record was set in 2013 by Baylor’s Skylar White.
White also competed today and took second place behind Smith with a throw of 52.43m.
Cameron Tabor broke his own school record in men’s hammer throw with a throw of 57.15 meters. His previous record was 56.72 meters and set in 2011, according to the program records.
Tabor also competed in men’s discus and took fourth place with a throw of 52.08 meters.
Sophomore Adam Damadzic placed ahead of Tabor by taking third place with a throw of 54.24 meters. Damadzic’s last throws in the discus finals were filled with clapping from competitors and coaches on the track.
Damadzic started the slow clap himself when prepping for his throws.
“At the end of the day, this is an event that we don’t do indoors,” Anderson said. “It’s proven to be one of our better events as we move outside.”
The Frogs compete again on Friday in the second day of the TCU Invitational.
Javelin will start the field events off at 9:30 a.m. The first running event will be the women’s 400-meter relay at 1 p.m.
The events are expected to continue all day, with the last event (men’s 1600-meter relay) scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m..
“I’m always excited to see how the kids respond being in front of their peers and being in front of their families,” Anderson said. “I’m looking forward to watching all the events.”