Haddon Township graduate Brenna Smith, a senior at Liberty University, shattered the 160-foot barrier in the javelin at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C.
Smith improved her PR from 159-3, which she threw at the Florida State Relays in March, to 161-7 to break her own Liberty school record as well as the meet record (159-4 by Lauren Lubarski of East Carolina in 2017) and facility record at Duke’s Morris Williams Stadium (160-4 by Christine Rickert of High Point in 2015).
Smith’s mark is No. 33 in NCAA Division 1 this year. She’s one of three South Jersey throwers who have thrown at least 155 feet this spring. Junior Megan SaxvanderWeyden of Baylor through Pennsville has a 158-7 from a meet at Texas Christian, and Monmouth freshman Danielle Steff of Rancocas Valley threw 156-0 at the Penn Relays.
Liberty is off this weekend but will compete in the Big South Conference Championships at High Point next weekend. Smith will shoot for her second straight conference title after placing third as a freshman and as a sophomore, and Liberty will be seeking its fourth straight team title.
The meet record of 164-7, set last year by Rickert, is only three from Smith’s new PR.