Atlantic City’s Claudine Smith takes 3rd in the Big 10 triple jump for Rutgers!

Atlantic City graduate Claudine Smith placed third in the triple jump Friday at the Big Ten Championships.

Smith, a Rutgers sophomore, leaped a season-best 40-11 1/2 on her second attempt, finishing behind only Nebraska senior Ieve Turke (41-10 3/4) and Iowa grad student Eavion Richardson (41-3 1/4). Turke is from Latvia and Richardson from Great Britain.

Smith also had jumps of 40-5 and 40-3 1/4 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Smith’s college PR is 41-7 from a meet last winter at Vanderbilt. She hasn’t had a chance to compete outdoors yet as a collegian.

Smith also ran 8.79 in the hurdles trials but didn’t advance to the final.

At Atlantic City, Smith went 40-1 1/2 indoors and 42-2 outdoors when she won the 2019 Meet of Champions. She was 6th last year at the Big Ten Championships with a 39-11 1/4 jump.

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