Former Illini Gia Lewis-Smallwood won the discus title at the 2013 Jamaican International Invitational.
May 7, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Former Illinois athlete Gia Lewis-Smallwood won the discus title at the 2013 Jamaica International Invitational this past weekend. The 2001 graduate finished first with a mark of 204-9 (62.41m). Smallwood was one of two competitors to compete for the United States, as Aretha Thurmond finished runner-up in the event.
"Gia continues to make us proud," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "It's so great to have one of our alumni on the circuit competing against the best in the world. Her trip to the Olympics this past summer was such a great moment for her and I'm sure it was just the beginning of even better things to come in her career."
Lewis-Smallwood currently holds the best discus throw in the country, after throwing a mark of 207-6 (63.26m) at the Triton Invitational on April 25. The mark is tied for the sixth best in the nation and met the 'A' standard for the world championships. Next, Lewis-Smallwood will compete at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on June 23 before competing in the IAAF World Championships in Moskva, Russia on Aug, 10.
While at Illinois, Lewis was an All-American after placing fifth in the discus her senior year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She was also the 2001 Big Ten champion in the event and currently holds the school record in the discus (189-6). She is a native of Champaign and attended Centennial High School.