Rutgers freshman Claudine Smith, who’s already broken the Rutgers triple jump school record, ran a PR 8.63 in the 60-meter hurdles Friday.
Smith placed third in the finals of the invitational section of the 60-meter highs at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
Smith ran 8.77 in the trials before finishing third in the final behind Olympic hurdler (and bobsledder) Lolo Jones, who won in 8.32, and Jada Harris of the University of Massachusetts, who ran 8.38.
The 8.63 makes Smith the No. 3 performer in Rutgers history behind Shameka Marshall (8.19 at the 2005 ECAC Championships in Boston) and Debra Deutsch (8.48 at the 1980 NCAA Championships at Cobo Hall in Detroit).
Marshall, like Smith, hails from Atlantic County. She graduated from Oakcrest and was a two-time long jump All-America at Rutgers and now coaches at Temple.
Smith’s previous college PR was an 8.78 at the TCNJ Invite at the Armory earlier this month.
Her overall PR over 60 meters was 8.64 from the trials of the New Balance Indoors last March at the Armory.
Smith jumped 41-7 last weekend at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville to break the school triple jump record.
The previous mark was 41-5 by Bryanna Grant of Cranford at the 2017 ECAC Championships in Boston.
The 41-7 is an indoor PR. Her previous indoor triple jump PR was 40-1 1/2 as last winter as a senior at Atlantic City, when she placed 5th at the New Balance Nationals at the Armory. Her overall triple jump PR is 42-2 from this past June, when she won the Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington Regional in Mansfield Township.
Smith’s 41-7 also makes her the No. 5 freshman triple jumper in NCAA Division 1 and No. 2 jumper in the Big 10 behind Leah Moran of Indiana, who has a 43-1 1/2 to her credit.