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Smith stays busy on track

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Lovejoy three-sport athlete D.J. Smith has had a busy summer on the track.

Last week, Smith won the U.S. Nationals in the high jump, finishing with a leap of 7 feet, 2 3/4 inches while competing in Eupelipsi. Mich.

By winning the title, Smith secured his reservations to help represent the United States in the world games in Italy.

Smith will be gone from July 8-12.

The rising senior at Lovejoy stays busy by competing in football and basketball, as well as track for the Wildcats.

He has been named MVP in both football and basketball and was recently honored by the Atlanta track and field club at a black-tie affair as the state's top male high school athlete.

Smith captured the Class AAAAA state meet with a distance of 7-2.

"He is a true student athlete," Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said. "He carries something like a 3.9 grade point average, so he's got it going for himself in the classroom too."

Hughes is glad to have Smith on the football. Lovejoy's three-sport athlete plays wide receiver on offense for the Wildcats.

"He has great leaping ability," Hughes said. "We just throw the ball up and he does the rest."

His leaping ability has also helped Smith turn into a quality basketball player too.

The star athlete and scholar will have to decide what sport he wants to use as his ticket into college.

He's already getting scholarship offers in both track and football.

"He is going to decide what sport he wants to purse in college," Hughes said. "We are just going to be there to support him. It's a nice problem to have."