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Number One in the World: Michelle Smith Tops Global Rankings in 400m Hurdles

  • Staff Consortium
  • February 19, 2024

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation announced on Monday the remarkable achievements of Virgin Islands sports ambassador, Michelle Smith, at the Louie Bing Invitational held on February 16 and 17 in Miami, Florida. Smith, a high school senior at Montverde Academy, excelled in the semi-finals of both the 100m and 400m hurdles, securing first place in each event and advancing to the finals. Smith set a new meet record in the semi-final of the 400m hurdles with a time of 57.11, later surpassing her own record in the final with a groundbreaking time of 56.82. This performance not only positions Smith as the world's leading Under-20 (U20) athlete in the 400m hurdles but also establishes her as the holder of the fastest time ever recorded by a high school athlete in Florida for the event. Additionally, Smith achieved a first-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.64 meters and secured a silver medal in the 100m hurdles, clocking in at 14.10 seconds. In recognition of he...