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Courtesy: Steve Moakley/UTSA Athletics

Smith unable to advance to NCAA Championships 400-meter hurdles final

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 06/06/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. — Joshua Smith was unable to advance to the NCAA Championships 400-meter hurdles final on Wednesday night.

The junior from Flower Mound circled the historic Hayward Field oval in 51.27, which was good for fourth place in the second of three semifinal heats, but it landed him 13th overall in the field of 24. However, the finish assures Smith of second-team All-America honors, which makes him the 11th All-American in program history.

Running outside of the state of Texas for the first time this season and for just the second time in 19 career races, Smith recorded his third-fastest mark of year. His only other previous performance outside the Lone Star State came in his inaugural 400m hurdles race back on March 16, 2012, at the Aztecs Invitational in San Diego, Calif.

The race marked the end of UTSA's season, which was its first and only campaign as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. The Roadrunners officially will join Conference USA on July 1.

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