June 20, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- WSU's Randi Smith, a sophomore hurdler from Beverly Hills, Calif., will compete at the USA Track & Field Junior Nationals, June 23-24, at Denton, Texas.
Smith ran the school record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 57.61 seconds in the 400m intermediate hurdles this past spring at the Stanford Invitational (March 26). She finished sixth at the 2000 Pac-10 championships, clocking in at 59.83. At the NCAA meet, Smith did not advance to the final of the women's 400m IH after clocking a 58.80 in the semifinals, finishing 16th out of 20 runners.
The USA Track & Field Junior Nationals are held on the campus of North Texas State with between 700-900 competitors. The athletes are between the ages of 14-19, can't turn 20 during the year 2000, and are United States citizens. This is a selection meet for three international meets: the top two places advance to Montreal, Canada (July 17-23), while the USATF selected competitors for the NACA (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Championships at Monterrey, Mexico (Aug. 3-5), and for the World Junior Championships at Santiago, Chile (Oct. 17-22).
Smith's 400m intermediate hurdles trials will take place Friday, June 23, at 8:10 p.m. CDT. The finals are set for 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24.
At this meet last summer, Smith ran a 58.56 in the 400m hurdles, the second-fastest time in WSU history. She also competed at the Pan American Junior Championships at Tampa, Florida, where she placed fourth with a time of 59.79.