OHIO HIGH EXCERPT: A back injury has done what few competitiors could – beat Curt Smith. The D-II state record holder in the shot put from Chillicothe will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury. The next time the senior suits up it will be in scarlet and gray for Ohio State. Click here to read about Smith’s remarkable story and his recent setback.
The Division II state shot put title race just opened up a bit.
State record holder and former indoor state champion Curt Smith of Chillicothe has decided to sit out the remainder of the season due to a recent back injury sustained while doing squats during a weight-lifting session.
Smith was second in the shot put in D-II at last year’s state meet and one of the favorites – if not THE – heading into this year’s postseason.
An Ohio State recruit, Smith popped a D-II record put of 63-4.5 last season. He had steadily been returning to form this spring before being sidelined.
“There is a slight chance I may throw but, I just don’t know if I want to throw and take a chance of doing further damage to my injury (back) and not be able to be at 100-percent (in the future),” Smith said. “My role will now be supporting my team and my competitors and friends. Although I will miss the competition, I will still be there to push my friends to be the best they can be.
“I also have learned that adversity can make you a better athlete and more importantly a better person. I have more determination now to get better and set new goals at the next level. I have a great coach at OSU and will work all summer to be back and ready to go this fall.”
Smith was featured in the most recent and current issue of Ohio High Magazine (Spring 2009).
Click the link below to read his remarkable story.