BUIES CREEK – Tim Smith garnered a great deal of attention as he entered the private-school state track and field championships, and not just because he’s a 6-foot-5 speedster.
Smith, a junior at cfa Academy, was the top seed in four events.
He walked away with three medals, including one with a golden tint.
On Saturday, Smith won the 110-meter hurdles at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A/2A meet at Campbell University.
Smith clocked a time of 14.82 seconds in the race, well ahead of second-place finisher Keith Frasier of Caldwell Christian (15.67) and Tyreke Thompson of Charlotte Victory Christian (16.79).
Smith’s day also included a silver medal in the 300 hurdles (40.95 seconds) and a bronze in the 100 meters (11.48).
Smith placed fifth in the 200-meter race (24.13).
It wasn’t a bad day for an athlete who hadn’t originally planned to get on the track when he enrolled at cfa Academy last fall. But at the behest of Eagles track coach Oscar Brooks, who also built a rapport with Smith while coaching him on the school’s football team, Smith joined the Eagles successful program.
It worked out for both parties.
“No one knew what we had,” Brooks told the Independent Tribune last week. “I used him at defensive end in football, but on offense we played him at tackle. None of the coaches had ever really seen him run.
“The first time I ever saw him go over some hurdles, my jaw dropped. It’s a shame the season is ending already. That young man is just scratching the surface.”