CONCORD – The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association will hold its 1A/2A track and field championships at Buies Creek’s Campbell University this weekend, and one athlete expected to shine is cfa Academy’s Tim Smith.
Smith is the top-seeded runner in four events, having registered the fastest times in the 100 meters (11.1 seconds), 200 (23.0), 110 hurdles (15.1) and 300 hurdles in the classification this year.
Making his performances even more impressive is the fact that the Eagles have not practiced on a track all season.
“Not once has Tim complained about what we don’t have,” said veteran cfa Academy coach Oscar Brooks. “He just pulls a few hurdles out in the parking lot or on a field and goes about his business. It’s scary to think what he could do if he actually trained.”
cfa Academy captured a state title last year, but only distance runner Matthew Fowler returned this season.
Standing a towering 6 foot 5, Smith hopes to help the Eagles have a strong team performance at the state meet.
“My goal is to put up 40 points at states,” Smith said. “If I do what I am capable of, the team should be in good shape.”
Smith captured the titles in the 200 and the 110 and 300 hurdles at last week’s Metrolina Athletic Conference Championships while finishing second in the 100 meter dash. He established new MAC records in his three gold medal performances. The Eagles boys squad finished as conference runners-up for the third consecutive season.
Smith has been a three-sport athlete during his time at cfa Academy, playing defensive and offensive line on the football team and being a reserve forward on one of the state’s best basketball squads.
“I wanted to be top five in the state in all of my events coming in to the season,” Smith said. “I like to compete at everything. My basketball season did not go as I wanted, so I decided to redeem myself through track.”