Two Missouri S&T athletes – one current and one former – competed in major international sporting competitions this summer.
Tyrone Smith Hist’07, a former All-America competitor at Missouri S&T who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in China, took part in the World Track & Field Championships in Berlin, Germany, and current Miner swimmer Zlatan Hamzic competed in the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.
Smith ranked 17th in his long jump flight during the qualifying rounds, but only the top 12 overall finishers out of the 45 competitors advanced to Saturday’s finals.
While competing at Missouri S&T, Smith earned three All-America awards in the long jump, including national runner-up finishes in the 2006 NCAA Division II Outdoor and 2007 Indoor Championships. He won the Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in both the indoor and outdoor long jump in 2006 and again at the 2007 indoor meet where Smith also repeated as the league’s indoor triple jump champion.
Smith’s performance at the 2006 GLVC indoor meet earned him the league’s “Athlete of the Year” award after he won the long jump, triple jump and took third in the 55-meter dash. He is the current school record holder at Missouri S&T in both the indoor and outdoor long jump as well as part of the outdoor 4×100-meter relay.
Hamzic competed in the 50-yard breaststroke in Belgrade, but his time of 29.21 seconds was only good for third in his heat of the event above the 28.23 seconds required to reach the finals.
During the 2009 NCAA Division II Championships, Hamzic won the national championship in the 200-yard breaststroke and earned four All-America awards – he was also part of the Miners’ medley relay teams that finished among the top eight at the national meet – to go along with the four All-America awards he landed as a freshman in 2008. He was the national runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke in his first season at S&T.
Hamzic also won three titles during the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Championships, winning both the 100- and 200-breaststroke along with the 400-medley relay.