RUTHERFORDTON — 25.15 seconds. That was the time that helped Joyasia Smith etch her name in the record books at R-S Central High School and earned her a state championship in the 200-meter dash at the 2A Track and Field State Championships at North Carolina A&T University in late June.
“It felt great, amazing,” said Joyasia. “It is always nice to accomplish something.”
Joyasia said it took some time for it to set in that she was the state champion.
“It was a couple of days before it really hit me,” she said.
She admits the last 100 meters were tough, but she knew she had an opportunity to do something special.
“It felt like the longest stretch that I have ever ran,” she said.
Before each race Joyasia competes in, whether it’s the 100-meter, the 200-meter or a relay race, she has the same mentality.
“I just clear my head,” she said. “My mom always tells me to leave no doubt, so I just run with everything I have.”
Joyasia has been participating in track and field since middle school and her favorite part is the responsibility to one’s self when it comes to performing.
“I like being able to set a time for myself,” she said. “Track and field is a team sport, but it’s a lot of individual events.”
Joyasia also had a strong performance in the 100-meter dash at the State Championships, finishing fourth. She says she keeps the same approach regardless of whether its the 100-meter dash or the 200-meter dash.
“I just shake my nerves out and keep my legs and my body loose,” said Joyasia.
The track and field lineage for Joyasia is not hard to find, as both her father and brother ran track at R-S Central as well.
She isn’t content though. She has areas she wants to improve on as she begins her senior year.
“Hopefully I can improve on coming out of the block,” she said. “I’m not perfect at it. I still have to improve on that and I want to beat my time (from this year) and set a better time.”
Joyasia does hope to continue her track career after high school if she has an opportunity to do so.