Gia Lewis-Smallwood already had plenty of reasons to love the Tucson Elite Classic before Saturday.
Now she has another.
The 34-year old Champaign, Ill. native threw the discus 214-10 2/3 to break the 31-year-old Roy P. Drachman Stadium record of 211-5 3/4 set by seven-time Scottish champion Meg Ritchie.
Lewis-Smallwood’s winning mark came on her third throw of the evening. It set a new personal best and locked up her fourth title at the UA-hosted meet that showcases the best throwers and jumpers in the nation.
“I would cry if they cancelled this meet,” said Lewis-Smallwood, who threw in for Team USA in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “This is my absolute favorite meet of the year.
“There are so many people around the ring being supportive. They’re all throwers too, they know you and they want you to do well and because of that the atmosphere is so incredible and most throwers throw something big every year.”
Read more about Lewis-Smallwood and the other throwers at the Tucson Elite Classic in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.