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Smock Wins Second Consecutive USA Indoor Triple Jump Championship

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: March 03, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former North Dakota State national champion and 2012 London Olympian Amanda Smock defended her indoor national title in the triple jump on Sunday, winning the event at the USA Indoor Championships with a jump of 44-09.50 (13.65m).

Five of Smock's six attempts on the day exceeded the best mark from second-place finisher Blessing Ufodiama.

It was Smock's fourth American title in the triple jump. She won the outdoor championship in 2011 and 2012, as well as the 2012 indoor crown.

Smock was the only American woman to represent the United States in the triple jump at the 2012 London Games, and she was a 13-time All-American from 2001-04 at NDSU. She won NCAA indoor titles in the triple jump in 2002 and 2004 and won the outdoor title in 2003.

Former NDSU pole vaulter Shawn Francis claimed a fifth-place finish in the men's pole vault. Francis cleared 18-00.50 (5.50m), passed at 18-02.50 (5.55m), and missed three times at 18-04.50 (5.60m).

Francis competed for the Bison from 2005-09, claiming Summit League titles in the pole vault during the 2008 outdoor season and the 2009 indoor season. He received All-Summit League honors four times and was a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.

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