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Roos’ Smith breaks 21-year-old discus record

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Bobby Smith has been rolling of late.

The Killeen senior earned gold in shot put and discus in both the District 8-6A meet and the District 7/8-6A area meet, and he did the same on Friday and Saturday at the Region I-6A competition held at Maverick Stadium in Arlington.

On Friday, Smith hurled the shot put 61 feet, one-half inch, easily topping Cameron Cross, of San Angelo Central, in second place. Cross tallied a distance of 53-11¾.

“He was excited and he was pumped when he hit that 61,” Kangaroos head coach Greg Russell said. “He’s been in the high-50s for most of the year, but it was good to see him hit that 61-plus.”

There was no doubt Saturday.

Smith launched the discus 199-10 feet, shattering the previous regional record of 192-10 set by Abilene Cooper’s Jon Riddlehoover in 1996.

Smith went into the finals in second place, behind Lewisville Hebron’s John Romanow.

Romanow reached 183-6, while Smith’s longest throw at the time was 174-7.

But Smith registered the record-breaking throw on his first attempt in the finals, and he even added a toss of 192-3 on his last throw for good measure.

“He’s been throwing discus like this for the last two weeks,” Russell said. “Bobby does a real good job with throwing coach Mark Shifflett. They do a lot of things now where it’s not so much throwing, but breaking down his technique and watching a lot of video.

“Coach Shiflett does a good job of making corrections, and I know that’s really helped Bobby going into area and now regionals.”

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